Journal of Management Information Systems

Volume 6 Number 4 1990 pp. 103-122

A Problem-solving Perspective on Systems Development

Cerveny, Robert P, Garrity, Edward J, and Sanders, G Lawrence

ABSTRACT: This paper discusses systems development in the context of problem solving strategies. A theoretical basis for the two dominant problem-solving approaches (SDLC and prototyping) is presented along with the results of a field study of the effectiveness of the strategies in fourth-generation language environments. Results from the study indicate the appropriateness of a mixed development strategy contingent on system type. Implications for future research on systems development are also presented.

Key words and phrases: systems development, prototyping, problem solving, cognitive science, fourth generation languages