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.

MISQ
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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