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Power and discourse in information systems practice : a narrative research method

Hart, Adam and Underwood, Jim 2012, Power and discourse in information systems practice : a narrative research method, in ACIS 2012 : Location, location, location : Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2012, ACIS, [Geelong, Vic.], pp. 1-8.

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Title Power and discourse in information systems practice : a narrative research method
Author(s) Hart, Adam
Underwood, Jim
Conference name Australasian Conference on Information Systems (23rd : 2012 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria
Conference dates 3-5 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings ACIS 2012 : Location, location, location : Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2012
Editor(s) Lamp, JohnORCID iD for Lamp, John orcid.org/0000-0003-1891-0400
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher ACIS
Place of publication [Geelong, Vic.]
Keyword(s) power-relations
discourse
narrative analysis
research method
epistemology
Summary Relationships of authority and control and their effect on information systems actors has interested IS researchers since at least the 1980’s. The study of power itself has also troubled organisational and sociological theorists, from which information systems researchers have drawn various lines of attack. Our approach to power rests on an historical synchronic theory that seeks to uncover the places and operation of power through an examination of narrative ‘testaments’ which are analysed not from the perspective of the giving individual but from the structural elements of discourse that they may represent. This paper compliments previous research methods on the topic of power especially in expert reports and systems development methodologies; provides specific guidance on how to apply the notion of discourse synchronically; and reconstructs the commercial practice of information systems, not as a broad church, but as one of competing and epistemologically incommensurate discourse, where the fates of the powerful are balanced against the fearful and silent disciplined.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Related work DU:30049020
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors/ACIS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049066

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