On the Benefits and Problems of the Object-Oriented Paradigm including a Finnish Study

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Title: On the Benefits and Problems of the Object-Oriented Paradigm including a Finnish Study
Author: Paetau, Patrik
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Information Systems Science
Thesis level: Doctoral thesis
Belongs to series: Economics and Society - 151
ISBN: 951-555-894-8
Abstract: Several researchers are of the opinion that there are many benefits in using the object-oriented paradigm in information systems development. If the object-oriented paradigm is used, the development of information systems may, for example, be faster and more efficient.
On the other hand, there are also several problems with the paradigm. For example, it is often considered complex, it is often difficult to make use of the reuse concept and it is still immature in some areas. Although there are several interesting features in the object-oriented paradigm, there is still little comprehensive knowledge of the benefits and problems associated with it. The objective of the following study was to investigate and to gain more understanding of the benefits and problems of the object-oriented paradigm.
A review of previous studies was made and twelve benefits and twelve problems were established. These benefits and problems were then analysed, studied and discussed. Further a survey and some case studies were made in order to get some knowledge on what benefits and problems with the object-oriented paradigm Finnish software companies had experienced. One hundred and four companies answered the survey that was sent to all Finnish software companies with five or more employees. The case studies were made with six large Finnish software companies. The major finding was that Finnish software companies were exceptionally positive towards the object-oriented information systems development and had experienced very few of the proposed problems.
Finally two models for further research were developed. The first model presents connections between benefits and the second between problems.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10227/123
URN:ISBN:951-555-894-8
Date: 2005-10-18
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