It Was a War that Wore Out Both Men and Women

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dc.contributor.author Hekkala, Riitta
dc.contributor.author Stein, Mari-Klara
dc.contributor.author Rossi, Matti
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-12T10:35:37Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-12T10:35:37Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08-12
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8960
dc.description.abstract This study looks at metaphors from the perspective of cognitive metaphor theory. Using the theory developed by Lakoff and Johnson (1980) we examine the use of metaphors by project members in an information system (IS) project. The data was collected from 22 interviews. Interviews were conducted with a range of stakeholders, including representatives of users, software developers, experts and IT and service managers. The findings of this qualitative case study indicate that IS developers and experts use many kinds of metaphors to make sense of the IS project they work on. The findings also show that metaphor is pervasive in IS development work, not just in language but also in thought and action and various metaphors are used to make sense of the different phases of the project. It can be argued that the dominant metaphors of any given project will strongly affect the trajectory of the project. Thus the metaphors in use in a project should be a concern for project management and we suggest that emphasizing constructive metaphors could be beneficial for many projects. en_US
dc.format.extent 14 en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) en_US
dc.subject.other Metaphors en_US
dc.subject.other Metaphors in IS en_US
dc.subject.other Cognitive metaphor theory en_US
dc.subject.other Qualitative case study en_US
dc.title It Was a War that Wore Out Both Men and Women en_US
dc.type cp en_US
dc.contributor.corporation CopenhagenBusiness School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Aalto University en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for IT-Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort ITM en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of IT Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ITM en_US
dc.description.notes Paper presented at The 22nd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Tel Aviv, Israel. June 09 - 11 2014 en_US
dc.publisher.city Atlanta, GA en_US
dc.publisher.year 2014 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Metaphors in an Information System Project en_US


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