Paradigm and Methodology

Paradigm and methodology in A grade academic IS journals - Review from 2008 - 2011

posted Jan 20, 2012, 5:56 PM by Debashish Mandal   [ updated Jan 25, 2012, 5:51 PM ]

Information and Organization
Detail information about interview techniques in IS.
Minger discussing critical theory extension from Orlikowski.
Same as Minger above. 
A framework for hermeneutic-ally analysing interview data

International Journal of Information Management
IS is moving towards research practice in which interpretive, critical and constructivist discourses are utilised.

Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce
This investigation validates the usage of the CIT in the MIS field

Special Issues on Action Research By Top IS Journals

posted Jan 12, 2012, 3:38 PM by Debashish Mandal   [ updated Jan 20, 2012, 4:40 PM ]

Information Technology & People
Special Issue: Information Systems Action Research

Advice for an action researcher Enid Mumford (pp. 12 - 27)
Controlling action research projects David Avison, Richard Baskerville, Michael Myers (pp. 28 - 45)
The dual imperatives of action research Judy McKay, Peter Marshall (pp. 46 - 59)
GSS and action research in the Hong Kong police Robert Davison (pp. 60 - 77)
Action learning and groupware technologies: a case study in GSS facilitation research Pak Yoong, Brent Gallupe (pp. 78 - 90)
System development conflict during the use of an information systems prototyping method of action research: Implications for practice and research Mike Chiasson, Albert S. Dexter (pp. 91 - 108)


The Grim Reaper: The Curse of E-Mail Weber, Ron p1-1, 11p
Special issue on action research in information systems: Making IS research relevant to practice Baskerville, Richard, Myers, Michael D (p329-335)
Networks of action: sustainable health information systems across developing countries By Braa, Jørn, Monteiro, Eric, Sahay, Sundeep, (p337-362)
Informating the clan: Controlling physicians' costs and outcomes By: Kohli, Rajiv; Kettinger, William J p363-394
Managing risk in software process improvement: an action research approach Iversen, Jakob H.,Mathiassen, Lars,Nielsen, Peter Axel p395-433
Design principles for competence management systems: a synthesis of an action research study By Lindgren, Rikard; Henfridsson, Ola; Schultze, Ulrike p435-472
Small business growth and internal transparency: The role of information systems By: Street, Christopher T.; Meister, Darren B. p473-506
Dialogical action research at omega corporation By: Mårtensson, Pär; Lee, Allen S.  p507-536

Paradigm and Methodology in top academic IS journals - Review from 2008 - 2011

posted Dec 27, 2011, 11:39 PM by Debashish Mandal   [ updated Jan 20, 2012, 6:04 PM ]

European Journal of Information Systems
This paper suggests how interpretivist, socio-critical and positivist approaches in information systems (IS) research might be integrated
Emphasises moving from behaviouristic approaches to design oriented approach for IS research. 
Another paper highlighting the importance of design research
They have a list but specific student cases need to be considered.

Information Systems Journal
Recommends use of multi methods in Action Research. AR being the dominant and case study for triangulation. 
A meta analysis of articles published in ISJ over the first 17 years.
Provides an alternative for research enquiry to pluralist research methods.

Journal of Information Technology
Survey paper of 345 articles from 1985 to 2007 in 19 IS Journals related to acceptance adoption and diffusion of IS.
Extremely detailes discussion on analysis of interview data using hermeneutics. Demonstrates the coding process and also shows use of Nvivo.
The article proposes to involve theories from other field of sciences using the Action Research or Design Research.
Complements the above article beautifully explained must read.

A must read for AR aspiring researchers. It provides insights into the paradigm position of AR and highlights AR as a research approach similar to survey and case study research.

Two cycle intervention. First cycle training provided informed by theory. Second cycle refinement of training along with addressing issues appeared in first cycle. Survey was used to analyse the problem subsequently interviews from the bulk of the data. Single organization study.
This analysis identified five core research areas: (1) information technology and organizations; (2) IS development; (3) IT and individuals; (4) IT and markets; and (5) IT and groups. Over the time frame of our analysis, these core topics have remained quite stable. However, the specific research themes within each core area have evolved significantly, reflecting research that has focused less on technology development and more on the social context in which information technologies are designed and used. As such, this analysis demonstrates that the information systems academic discipline has maintained a relatively stable research identity that focuses on how IT systems are developed and how individuals, groups, organizations, and markets interact 

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