The mysterious case of the missing paradigm: a review of critical information systems research 1991–2001

Richardson, H and Robinson, BA 2007, 'The mysterious case of the missing paradigm: a review of critical information systems research 1991–2001' , Information Systems Journal, 17 (3) , pp. 251-270.

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In this journal, Chen and Hirschheim have provided a historical analysis of positivist and interpretivist research paradigms and methodologies in the 10 years following the much cited work of Orlikowski and Baroudi. In this paper, we investigate the mysterious case of the missing paradigm – that of the critical approach to information systems (IS) research. We take Chen and Hirschheim’s survey as our starting point and aim to fill the gap left by the absence of the critical paradigm in their analysis and make some criticisms of their method. Recent years have seen the growth of IS research that consciously adopts a critical perspective. This paper charts the development of critical IS research over the period of 1991–2001, adding some comments on more recent developments. We conclude by critically reflecting on the current development of critical research in the field of IS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: positivist and interpretivist research, critical paradigm, critical information systems research
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Information Systems Journal
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13501917
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2009 11:24
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 10:24

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