The Ends of Information Systems (is) Research

MIS Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp.1-20, 2011

Posted: 19 Sep 2011

See all articles by Panos Constantinides

Panos Constantinides

Warwick University

Mike W. Chiasson

Lancaster University; University of British Columbia (UBC)

Lucas D. Introna

Lancaster University

Date Written: January 20, 2011

Abstract

In this paper, we argue that any effort to understand the state of the Information Systems field has to view IS research as a series of normative choices and value judgments about the ends of research. To assist a systematic questioning of the various ends of IS research, we propose a pragmatic framework that explores the choices IS researchers make around theories and methodologies, ethical methods of conduct, desirable outcomes, and the long-term impact of the research beyond a single site and topic area. We illustrate our framework by considering and questioning the explicit and implicit choices of topics, design and execution, and the representation of knowledge in experimental research—research often considered to be largely beyond value judgments and power relations. We conclude with the implications of our pragmatic framework by proposing practical questions for all IS researchers to consider in making choices about relevant topics, design and execution, and textual representation of findings in their research.

Keywords: IS Research Practice, Rigor & Relevance, Pragmatism, Ethics

Suggested Citation

Constantinides, Panos and Chiasson, Mike W. and Chiasson, Mike W. and Introna, Lucas D., The Ends of Information Systems (is) Research (January 20, 2011). MIS Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp.1-20, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1929704

Panos Constantinides (Contact Author)

Warwick University ( email )

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Mike W. Chiasson

Lancaster University ( email )

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United Kingdom

University of British Columbia (UBC) ( email )

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Lucas D. Introna

Lancaster University ( email )

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United Kingdom

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