Coulthard, Darryl and Keller, Susan 2011, Information systems in and of the information age, in ACIS 2011 : Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems : Identifying the Information Systems Discipline, AIS - Association of Information Systems, [Sydney, N. S. W.], pp. 1-7.
The previous decade has been well known in Australia for the methodological wars. This culminated in a modest increase in interpretivist research. However, critical theory and postmodernist methodologies have not been taken up with any great enthusiasm both here in Australia or elsewhere. This paper attempts to outline the practical and historical reasons and the theoretical difficulties for the failure of these paradigms in contemporary IS. Secondly, it attempts to identify why IS must embrace these paradigms for the future, and the emerging postmodernist approaches in particular, in the light of the rise of ubiquitous information systems. The paper proposes a new set of research questions for the discipline.
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Field of Research
080611 Information Systems Theory
Socio Economic Objective
899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
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