- List of Contributors
- Historical Reflections on the Practice of Information Management and Implications for the Field of MIS
- Tracing the History of the Information Systems Field
- The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: High‐Quality Research in Information Systems
- Systems Thinking and Soft Systems Methodology
- Structuration Theory
- Institutional Theory of Information Technology
- ‘Everything is Dangerous’: Rethinking Michel Foucault and the Social Study of ICT
- Critical Social Information Systems Research
- Hermeneutics and Meaning‐Making in Information Systems
- Phenomenology, Screens, and <i>Screenness</i>: Returning to the World Itself
- Post‐structuralism, Social Shaping of Technology, and Actor‐Network Theory: What Can They Bring to IS Research?
- Further Developments in Information Systems Strategizing: Unpacking the Concept
- Rethinking Business–IT Alignment
- IT‐Dependent Strategic Initiatives and Sustained Competitive Advantage: A Review, Synthesis, and an Extension of the Literature
- Changing the Story Surrounding Enterprise Systems to Improve our Understanding of What Makes ERP Work in Organizations
- A Multi‐theoretic Approach to IT Governance: The Need for Commitment as well as Alignment
- Rethinking Information Systems Security
- Mobile IT
- A Review of the IT Outsourcing Literature: Insights for Practice
- Managing Knowledge Work
- Rethinking Gender and MIS for the Twenty‐First Century
- Green Digits: Towards an Ecology of IT Thinking
- Ethics and ICT
- IT, Globalization, and Human Development: A Personal View
- Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries Research
- From Instrumentality to Emergence in Information Systems
Abstract and Keywords
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.
John Mingers is Professor of Operational Research and Information Systems at Kent Business School, and Director of Research. Prior to this, he was at Warwick Business School. His research interests include the development of theory concerning the nature of information, meaning and knowledge; the use of systems methodologies in problem situations, particularly the mixing of different methods within an intervention (multimethodology); the development of critical realism as an underpinning philosophy for information systems; research metrics and autopoiesis and its applications. He has published the only comprehensive study of autopoiesis, Self‐Producing Systems: Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis, and has also edited Information Systems: An Emerging Discipline? (with Prof. Frank Stowell), Social Theory and Philosophy for Information Systems (with Prof. Leslie Willcocks), Multimethodology: The Theory and Practice of Combining Management Science Methodologies (with Tony Gill), and Rational Analysis for a Problematic World (with Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead). His latest monograph is Realizing Systems Thinking: Knowledge and Action in Management Science. He has published widely in journals including Information Systems Research, Information Systems Journal, JORS, Information and Organization, and The Sociological Review. He is an academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He joined the Editorial Board of MIS Quarterly in 2010.
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