On the Rhetoric and Relevance of IS Research Paradigms: A Conceptual Framework and Some Propositions
36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the (2003)
Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 6, 2003 to Jan. 9, 2003
Deepak Khazanchi , University of Nebraska at Omaha
Bjørn Erik Munkvold , Agder University College
This paper discusses the relevance of IS research with respect to the rhetoric associated with three IS research paradigms in use - positivism, constructivism/interpretivism and critical research. The discussion is framed in terms of the following dimensions: ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions, relationship between theory and practice, and the role of the researcher in the research process. Based on this discussion, the authors propose a theoretical framework to study the relationship of the espoused assumptions of a researcher?s perspective with the degree of relevance of their knowledge claims to various stakeholders. In conclusion, some key propositions are elucidated and justified.
D. Khazanchi and B. E. Munkvold, "On the Rhetoric and Relevance of IS Research Paradigms: A Conceptual Framework and Some Propositions," 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the(HICSS), Big Island, Hawaii, 2003, pp. 252b.