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Learning from patterns during information technology configuration.

Horton, Keith; Dewar, R G


Keith Horton

R G Dewar


This paper asks how people can be assisted in learning from practice, as a basis for informing future action, when configuring information technology (IT) in organizations. It discusses the use of Alexanderian Patterns as a means of aiding such learning. Three patterns are presented that have been derived from a longitudinal empirical study that has focused on practices surrounding IT configuration. The paper goes on to argue that Alexanderian Patterns offer a valuable means of learning from past experience. It is argued that learning from experience is an important dimension of deciding “what needs to be done” in configuring IT with organizational context. The three patterns outlined are described in some detail, and the implications of each discussed. Although it is argued that patterns, per se, provide a valuable tool for learning from experience, some potential dangers in seeking to codify experience with a patterns approach are also discussed.


Horton, K., & Dewar, R. G. (2005). Learning from patterns during information technology configuration. Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, 17, 26-42.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2005
Deposit Date Apr 25, 2008
Journal Journal of Organizational and End User Computing
Print ISSN 1546-2234
Publisher IGI Global
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Pages 26-42
Keywords Alexanderian Patterns; learnig from experience; information technology; organizational change;
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