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Does ERA spell the end to the era of IS methodological pluralism?

Coulthard, Darryl and Keller, Susan 2010, Does ERA spell the end to the era of IS methodological pluralism?, in QualIT 2010 : Proceedings from the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in IT and IT in Qualitative Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld..

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Title Does ERA spell the end to the era of IS methodological pluralism?
Author(s) Coulthard, Darryl
Keller, Susan
Conference name International Conference on Qualitative Research in IT and IT in Qualitative Research (5th : 2010 : Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 29-30 Nov. 2010
Title of proceedings QualIT 2010 : Proceedings from the 5th International Conference on Qualitative Research in IT and IT in Qualitative Research
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series International Conference on Qualitative Research in IT and IT in Qualitative Research
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Summary Methodological pluralism has been slowly developing in Information Systems. However, this development is fragile and only interpretivism has made any inroads into the major journals. Further, the form of interpretivism that has made inroads is informed by grounded theory and we suggest largely based on CAQDAS. We argue that the new Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative and other pressures to publish will stymie this budding but fragile methodological and research pluralism. The pressure to publish and the list of ranked journals will lead to greater conformity in methodology and in research areas and we conclude that pluralism will be under threat. We suggest some ways that journals and conference organisers may respond, to increase or maintain pluralism and how we will research pluralism further.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 9781921760075
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 ©2010, Darryl Coulthard and Susan Keller
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032145

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