Inclusive or exclusive? Methodological practice and policy for organisationally and socially relevant IS research

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
Pages1154-1161
Volume2
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

Name
Volume2

Conference

Title16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
PlacePeru
CityLima
Period12 - 15 August 2010

Abstract

In this research essay, we argue that IS researchers demonstrate a high degree of methodological exclusiveness in their preference for a relatively small selection of research methods that primarily follow the positivist tradition. Such exclusiveness is unethical because it severely and unreasonably limits the extent to which IS research and researchers can contribute both to pressing organisational problems and the scholarly literature. We synthesise our position in 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, IS researchers, Relevance, Research methods, Rigor

Citation Format(s)

Inclusive or exclusive? Methodological practice and policy for organisationally and socially relevant IS research. / Davison, Robert M.; Martinsons, Maris G.

16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010. Vol. 2 2010. p. 1154-1161.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review