Application of socio-technical research methods in understanding the genesis and potential sustainability of planning support systems

Wayne Williamson*, Bruno Parolin

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Abstract

This research compares two methodologies to gain an insight into which may best fit the research of Planning Support Systems (PSS) used in planning practice. The approach taken by this research is twofold; firstly using data collected through case studies and the application of Actor-Network Theory (ANT), and secondly, an online questionnaire of staff in government and private practice. The questionnaire data was analysed using the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Results of applying ANT can provide useful insights into the social and technical interactions that are relied upon to build and implement a PSS. Moreover, the UTAUT results found that in order for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications to be widely accepted by planners, the organizations in which they work need to address performance expectancy and facilitating conditions as priorities. Although the methods used in this research are vastly different, results have been found to be somewhat complimentary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlanning support systems for sustainable urban development
EditorsStan Geertman, Fred Toppen, John Stillwell
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Chapter24
Pages417-432
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783642375330
ISBN (Print)9783642375323
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2013 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Jul 20135 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)1863-2246
ISSN (Electronic)1863-2351

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2013
CountryNetherlands
CityUtrecht
Period2/07/135/07/13

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    Williamson, W., & Parolin, B. (2013). Application of socio-technical research methods in understanding the genesis and potential sustainability of planning support systems. In S. Geertman, F. Toppen, & J. Stillwell (Eds.), Planning support systems for sustainable urban development (pp. 417-432). (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography). Springer, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37533-0_24