Positivism: one ring to rule them all? A tale of information systems research methodology

Coulthard, Darryl and Richardson, Helen 2004, Positivism: one ring to rule them all? A tale of information systems research methodology, in Proceedings of the first international conference on qualitative research in IT & IT in qualitative research, Institute for Integrated & Intelligent Systems, Griffith University, Nathan, Qld., pp. 1-10.

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Title Positivism: one ring to rule them all? A tale of information systems research methodology
Author(s) Coulthard, Darryl
Richardson, Helen
Conference name Qualitative Research in IT & IT in Qualitative Research. Conference (1st: 2004: Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 24-26 Nov. 2004
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the first international conference on qualitative research in IT & IT in qualitative research
Editor(s) Guest, Karen
Publication date 2004
Conference series Qualitative Research in IT & IT in Qualitative Research Conference
Start page 1
End page 10
Publisher Institute for Integrated & Intelligent Systems, Griffith University
Place of publication Nathan, Qld.
Summary The tale of research methodology in information systems is told through the fantasy of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. The tale is intended to be at once a piece of light hearted fun in its placement of the struggles of research methodology as an epic story but, in the tradition of the court jester, attempts to provide a new perspective on Information Systems (IS) research methodology and our struggles with positivism in particular. Our tale is one of developing a greater maturity and confidence in IS methodology and introduces postmodern methodologies to Information Systems. Our tale, our pastiche, is itself postmodern.
ISBN 1920952071
9781920952075
Language eng
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2004, Griffith University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005309

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