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A socio-technical model for deploying expert systems. I. The general theory

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3 Author(s)
Sharma, R.S. ; Dept. of Manage. Sci., Waterloo Univ., Ont., Canada ; Conrath, D.W. ; Dilts, D.M.

This paper is addressed to an audience of managers and senior analysts involved with planning and controlling the knowledge engineering life cycle. A general framework for understanding the sociotechnical implications of expert systems is provided. It is argued that expert systems comprise two distinct but entwined subsystems. There is a technical component that concerns the task domain and the knowledge engineering process. There is a social dimension of how users and managers relate to the system and how the system fits with the organization. The authors believe that understanding the associations between these factors is essential in evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of expert systems

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Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 1 )