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.
|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
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|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|
|Depositing User:||H Kenna|
|Date Deposited:||09 Jan 2009 11:53|
|Last Modified:||22 Mar 2013 12:55|
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