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date: 25 April 2019

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This article raises important philosophical and practical issues in undertaking research in the pursuit of knowledge, including some of the questions and debates that are of interest within the philosophy of information system (IS). It presents five propositions concerning high-quality research. They are adopting a systemic and holistic approach to the world; using critical realism as an underpinning philosophical perspective; employing multiple research methods to reflect the complexity of the real world; recognizing a variety of forms of knowledge; and accepting the importance of truth or warrantability. These are the hallmarks for producing research that is both rigorous and relevant to the complexities and seriousness of the problems we face in the organizational world. Taken together they form a more consistent, coherent, and comprehensive account of the philosophy and methodology of IS research than any other position.

Keywords: philosophical perspective, information system, high-quality research, holistic approach, truth

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