On the rhetoric and relevance of IS research paradigms: A conceptual framework and some propositions

D. Khazanchi, B. E. Munkvold

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2003
EditorsRalph H. Sprague
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)0769518745, 9780769518749
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Event36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2003 - Big Island, United States
Duration: Jan 6 2003Jan 9 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2003

Other

Other36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2003
CountryUnited States
CityBig Island
Period1/6/031/9/03

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications

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Khazanchi, D., & Munkvold, B. E. (2003). On the rhetoric and relevance of IS research paradigms: A conceptual framework and some propositions. In R. H. Sprague (Ed.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2003 [1174717] (Proceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2003). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2003.1174717