Methodological practice and policy for organisationally and socially relevant IS research : an inclusive-exclusive perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-293
Journal / PublicationJournal of Information Technology
Issue number4
Online published20 Sept 2011
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011



In this research paper, we argue that the tendency of Information Systems (IS) researchers to work with a rather parsimonious set of research methods, notably those that follow the positivist tradition, demonstrates a significant degree of methodological exclusiveness. We contend that such an exclusive practice is both counterproductive to good IS research and unethical. Further, it severely and unreasonably limits the extent to which IS research and researchers can contribute to both pressing organisational problems and the scholarly literature. We synthesise our position in a set of four arguments that guide our discussion of the nature and consequences of methodological exclusiveness, as well as possible solutions. We end the paper with an exposition of steps that could be taken to address the current situation.

Research Area(s)

  • epistemology, exclusiveness, inclusiveness, methods, relevance, rigour

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