Reflections on Methods for applying Activity Theory to CSCW research and practice – The AODM Approach

Mwanza, Daisy (2003). Reflections on Methods for applying Activity Theory to CSCW research and practice – The AODM Approach. In: 8th European Conference of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, 14 Sep 2003, Helsinki, Finland.

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Abstract

CSCW research and practice incorporates the design and analysis of computer-basedtools as resources for supporting work-based activities. Within this remit, the design and analysis of these tools need to address mediational aspects of these resources in relation to the context of operation and motives of those engaged in work activity. In this regard, several researchers and practitioners have highlighted the suitability of activity theory in conceptualising the dynamics of tool and user interactions in context (Nardi, 1996; Kuutti, 1996; Bodker, 1991). However, variations in methodological perspectives on putting activity theory ideas into practice continue to trigger interesting debate regarding the feasibility of applying activity theory to the design and analysis of computer systems and tools for supporting work activities (Mwanza, 2001a, 2001b and 2001c). Towards this end, various methodological propositions have been put forward (Mwanza, 2002; Korpela et al., 2000; Kaptelinin et al., 1999).

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