Information Systems Research: Relevant Theory and Informed Practice

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Bonnie Kaplan, Duane P. Truex, David Wastell, A.Trevor Wood-Harper, Janice I. DeGross
Springer, 11 apr 2006 - 744 pagine
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In 1984, Working Group 8.2 of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) threw down the gauntlet at its Manchester conference, challenging the traditionalist orthodoxy with its uncommon research approaches and topics. Manchester 1984, followed by research methods conferences in Copenhagen (1990) and Philadelphia (1997), marked the growing legitimacy of the linguistic and qualitative turns in Information Systems research and played a key role in making qualitative methods a respected part of IS research. As evidenced by the papers in this volume, Working Group 8.2 conferences showcase fresh thinking, provocative sessions, and intellectual stimulation. The spirited, at times boisterous, and always enlivening debate has turned WG8.2 conferences into life-changing and discipline-changing inspirational events.
Information Systems Research: Relevant Theory and Informed Practice comprises the edited proceedings of the WG8.2 conference, "Relevant Theory and Informed Practice: Looking Forward from a 20-Year Perspective on IS Research," which was sponsored by IFIP and held in Manchester, England, in July 2004. The conference attracted a record number of high-quality manuscripts, all of which were subjected to a rigorous reviewing process in which four to eight track chairs, associate editors, and reviewers thoughtfully scrutinized papers by the highly regarded as well as the newcomers. No person or idea was considered sacrosanct and no paper made it through this process unscathed. All authors were asked to revise the accepted papers, some more than once; thus, good papers got better. With only 29 percent of the papers accepted, these proceedings are significantly more selective than is typical of many conference proceedings.
This volume is organized in 7 sections, with 33 full research papers providing panoramic views and reflections on the Information Systems (IS) discipline followed by papers featuring critical interpretive studies, action research, theoretical perspectives on IS research, and the methods and politics of IS development. Also included are 6 panel descriptions and a new category of "bright idea" position papers, 11 in all, wherein main points are summarized in a pithy and provocative fashion.
 

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The Case of the MIS Quarterly
7
2
21
3
35
An Analytic Lens for Information
50
4
53
5
70
6
83
Methodology
121
An Experiment in Integrative Theory Building
411
The ERP Example
433
Information Systems Research and Development by Activity Analysis
452
Promise Progress
473
Systems Development Methods Politics
513
On Transferring a Method into a Usage Situation
535
A Case Study
554
A HighTech Workplace During the Bursting
577

Renegotiating
143
Whatever Happened to Information Systems Ethics? Caught between
159
Supporting Engineering of Information Systems in Emergent
175
Critical Interpretive Studies
193
The Research Approach and Methodology Used in an Interpretive
212
Applying Habermas Validity Claims as a Standard for Critical
233
Can Actor
259
Examining
275
Examining
293
Time to Take a Turn?
314
The Role of Conventional Research Methods in Information Systems
335
Themes Iteration and Recoverability in Action Research
353
Representing Actor
389
The Politics of Knowledge in Using GIS for Land Management in India
597
UserLed Exploration
615
Improvisation in Information Systems Development
630
Reflections on Information Systems
657
Elements of a Critical
667
NonDualism and Information Systems Research
675
Contextual Dependencies and Gender Strategy
681
Information Technology and the Good Life
687
Embracing Information as Concept and Practice
693
How Stakeholder Analysis can be Mobilized with ActorNetwork
705
Symbolic Processes in ERP Versus Legacy System Usage
713
Applying Adaptive Structuration Theory to the Study
735
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