Real-izing Information Systems: Critical Realism as an Underpinning Philosophy for Information Systems

Mingers, John (2002) Real-izing Information Systems: Critical Realism as an Underpinning Philosophy for Information Systems. In: International Conference on Information Systems, December 15-18th 2002, Barcelona. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The paper begins by pointing out the diversity of philosophical positions within IS, and the range of reactions to this diversity. It then discusses problems within the underlying philosophies of science—particularly positivism and interpretivism. With this as a background, the paper proposes critical realism as an underpinning philosophy that has the potential to overcome both sets of difficulties. The theoretical arguments are practically illustrated by critiques of (positivist) statistical analysis and (interpretivist) soft systems methodology.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2008 18:48
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 09:53
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4688 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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