Mingers, J. (2004) Paradigm Wars: Ceasefire Announced. Who Will Set up the New Administration? Journal of Information Technology, 19 (part 3). pp. 165-171. ISSN 0268-3962 .
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This paper presents a personal overview of the history of the IS discipline over the last twenty years. It highlights two particular strands of development over which there has been much controversy – the so-called paradigm wars which were an epistemological battle between positivism and interpretivism; and the related debate over a critical approach to information systems. It is argued that the battle has died down and a period of stability has emerged. But further development needs to occur, especially in the area of critical management, and the philosophy of critical realism can be a significant way forward.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Critical Realism, Critical Theory, Epistemology, Ontology, Paradigms|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School|
|Depositing User:||John Mingers|
|Date Deposited:||25 Sep 2008 00:38|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:13|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3914 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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