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Novice-Based Data Collection Methods for the Study of IOIS: Practice Probes and Learning Communities

Electronic Markets - The International Journal on Networked Business, Forthcoming

17 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2013  

Kai Reimers

RWTH Aachen University, Research Group Electronic Business

Robert B. Johnston

University College Dublin (UCD) - UCD School of Business

Xunhua Guo

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Stefan Klein

University of Muenster

Xie Bin

Independent

Mingzhi Li

Tsinghua University

Date Written: July 12, 2012

Abstract

In response to the increasing influence of practice theory perspectives for studying organisational and inter-organisational information systems, we demonstrate that an important dilemma from this perspective for data collection methods is between authentic access to practices and the ability to thematize knowledge of practices. We propose a promising new approach to this dilemma that uses the learning experiences of novice practitioners to collect data as they are progressively enrolled in the practice, and describe two instantiations of this new approach, practice probes and learning communities.

Keywords: Inter-organisational Information Systems (IOIS), Research Methods, Data Collection, Practice Theory, Communities of Practice, Embodied Knowledge

JEL Classification: C8

Suggested Citation

Reimers, Kai and Johnston, Robert B. and Guo, Xunhua and Klein, Stefan and Bin, Xie and Li, Mingzhi, Novice-Based Data Collection Methods for the Study of IOIS: Practice Probes and Learning Communities (July 12, 2012). Electronic Markets - The International Journal on Networked Business, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2236160

Kai Reimers

RWTH Aachen University, Research Group Electronic Business ( email )

Johanniterstr. 22-24
Aachen, 52064
Germany
+49 241 40 923 22 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.wi.rwth-aachen.de

Robert Johnston

University College Dublin (UCD) - UCD School of Business ( email )

Belfield
Ireland

Xunhua Guo

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Stefan Klein (Contact Author)

University of Muenster ( email )

Department of Information Systems
Leonardo-Campus 11
Muenster, NRW D-48149
Germany

Xie Bin

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Mingzhi Li

Tsinghua University ( email )

School of Economics and Management,
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100084
China
86-10-62771778 (Phone)
86-10-62785562 (Fax)

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