Paradigm Wars: Ceasefire Announced. Who Will Set up the New Administration?

Mingers, John (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 . (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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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: 02 Jun 2014 10:23
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3914 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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