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Making choices: research paradigms and information management: practical applications of philosophy in IM research

Burke, ME 2007, 'Making choices: research paradigms and information management: practical applications of philosophy in IM research' , Library Review, 56 (6) , pp. 476-484.

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      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine a variety of research approaches which information managers may find useful to meet the needs of working in the networked, digitized age. Design/methodology/approach – This is achieved by a discussion of the research paradigms inherent within both information theory and social theory. Findings – The findings work towards a final justification for an interpretist approach as the most appropriate context in which to work, in order to meet the emerging trends and current challenges of information technology management. Practical implications – The central theme of this paper is that research which deals primarily with people and information in a world of change, competition, and fluid communications technology should take into account and allow for an understanding of human behaviour. This understanding helps to highlight different contexts, backgrounds, and cultures and therefore provides assistance in making appropriate choices concerning research paradigms and information management, which in turn will ensure thoughtful methodology and justifiable research results. Originality/value – This paper examined questions regarding the choices of research paradigms and the practical application of philosophy to the life of professional information managers.

      Item Type: Article
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Information exchange, information profession, research methods
      Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
      Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
      Subjects outside of the University Themes
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
      Journal or Publication Title: Library Review
      Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 00242535
      Depositing User: H Kenna
      Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2009 11:53
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:51

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