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The Theoretical Core and Academic Legitimacy: A Response to Professor Weber
Journal of the Association for Information Systems
  • Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • John L. King, University of Michigan, USA
Publication Date
10-31-2006
Abstract

We respond to Ron Weber’s commentaries regarding the necessity of a theoretical core in achieving academic legitimacy for the IS field. We examine the practical problems in identifying a theoretical core, clarify the ontological connection between identity and legitimacy, acknowledge mistakes in our earlier formulation criticizing the necessity of theory in legitimation, and attempt a synthesis between our views and those of Weber. The paper concludes with suggestions for improving the workability of efforts to improve the legitimacy of the IS field.

Citation Information
Kalle Lyytinen and John L. King. "The Theoretical Core and Academic Legitimacy: A Response to Professor Weber" (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kalle_lyytinen/16/