Combining IS Research Methods: Towards a Pluralist Methodology

Mingers, John (2001) Combining IS Research Methods: Towards a Pluralist Methodology. Information Systems Research, 12 (3). pp. 240-259. ISSN 1047-7047. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper puts forward arguments in favor of a pluralist approach to IS research. Rather than advocating a single paradigm, be it interpretive or positivist, or even a plurality of paradigms within the discipline as a whole, it suggests that research results will be richer and more reliable if different research methods, preferably from different (existing) paradigms, are routinely combined together. The paper is organized into three sections after the Introduction. In 2, the main arguments for the desirability of multimethod research are put forward, while 3 discusses its feasibility in theory and practice. 4 outlines two frameworks that are helpful in designing mixed-method research studies. These are illustrated with a critical evaluation of three examples of empirical research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: critical pluralism; IS research methods; methodology; multimethodology; paradigm; qualitative research; critical realism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2008 18:53
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 09:55
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