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Doing interpretive research

Doing interpretive research AbstractInterpretive research in information systems (IS) is now a well-established part of the field. However, there is a need for more material on how to carry out such work from inception to publication. I published a paper a decade ago (Walsham, 1995) which addressed the nature of interpretive IS case studies and methods for doing such research. The current paper extends this earlier contribution, with a widened scope of all interpretive research in IS, and through further material on carrying out fieldwork, using theory and analysing data. In addition, new topics are discussed on constructing and justifying a research contribution, and on ethical issues and tensions in the conduct of interpretive work. The primary target audience for the paper is less-experienced IS researchers, but I hope that the paper will also stimulate reflection for the more-experienced IS researcher and be of relevance to interpretive researchers in other social science fields. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Information Systems Taylor & Francis

Doing interpretive research

European Journal of Information Systems , Volume 15 (3): 11 – Jun 1, 2006

Doing interpretive research

European Journal of Information Systems , Volume 15 (3): 11 – Jun 1, 2006

Abstract

AbstractInterpretive research in information systems (IS) is now a well-established part of the field. However, there is a need for more material on how to carry out such work from inception to publication. I published a paper a decade ago (Walsham, 1995) which addressed the nature of interpretive IS case studies and methods for doing such research. The current paper extends this earlier contribution, with a widened scope of all interpretive research in IS, and through further material on carrying out fieldwork, using theory and analysing data. In addition, new topics are discussed on constructing and justifying a research contribution, and on ethical issues and tensions in the conduct of interpretive work. The primary target audience for the paper is less-experienced IS researchers, but I hope that the paper will also stimulate reflection for the more-experienced IS researcher and be of relevance to interpretive researchers in other social science fields.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright © 2006, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
ISSN
1476-9344
eISSN
960-085x
DOI
10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000589
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Abstract

AbstractInterpretive research in information systems (IS) is now a well-established part of the field. However, there is a need for more material on how to carry out such work from inception to publication. I published a paper a decade ago (Walsham, 1995) which addressed the nature of interpretive IS case studies and methods for doing such research. The current paper extends this earlier contribution, with a widened scope of all interpretive research in IS, and through further material on carrying out fieldwork, using theory and analysing data. In addition, new topics are discussed on constructing and justifying a research contribution, and on ethical issues and tensions in the conduct of interpretive work. The primary target audience for the paper is less-experienced IS researchers, but I hope that the paper will also stimulate reflection for the more-experienced IS researcher and be of relevance to interpretive researchers in other social science fields.

Journal

European Journal of Information SystemsTaylor & Francis

Published: Jun 1, 2006

Keywords: interpretive research; information systems; fieldwork; use of theory; data analysis; research contribution; ethical issues

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