The evolution of design requirements in the trajectory of artificiality : a research agenda

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Managing design requirements of complex socio-technical designs in heterogeneous and rapidly-changing environments demands new approaches. In this chapter we use the framework described by Krippendorff [1] to describe the evolution of requirements thinking and subsequently develop a research agenda. Krippendorff’s trajectory of artificiality shows an increasing dematerialization and human-centeredness of artifacts. He distinguishes six kinds of artifacts, namely material products; goods, services, and identities; interfaces; multi-user systems and networks; projects; and finally, discourses. Based on a review of the design literature, involving two major design journals, we find that the design of socio-technical systems currently tends to be situated on the level of multi-user systems and networks. Projects and discourses hardly get any attention in requirements thinking. We therefore develop an agenda for future research directed toward advancing requirements thinking at the level of projects and discourses as artifacts of design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign requirements engineering : a ten-year perspective : Design Requirements Workshop, Cleveland, OH, USA, June 3-6,2007, Revised and Invited Papers
EditorsK. Lyytinen, P. Loucopoulos, J. Mylopoulos, W. Robinson
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-92965-9
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


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