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Does ERA spell the end to the era of IS methodological pluralism?
conference contributionposted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Darryl Coulthard, Susan Keller
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.