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The philosophy of critical realism—An opportunity for information systems research
ECU Publications Pre. 2011
  • Philip J Dobson, Edith Cowan University
Publication Date
1-1-2001
Document Type
Journal Article
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Faculty
Business and Public Management
School
Business
RAS ID
41
Comments

Originally published as: Dobson, P. J. (2001). The philosophy of critical realism—an opportunity for information systems research. Information Systems Frontiers, 3(2), 199-210. Original article available here

Abstract

It is argued that recent research in the information systems field has tended to either emphasise the structural/collective dimension or the agency/individual dimension, not both. Structuration theory is a more recent attempt to address both agency and structure, however there are a number of issues with the use of structuration theory in information systems research, not the least of which is its lack of recognition of the temporal and longitudinal nature of information systems development. A relatively new philosophy, critical realism, provides the potential for a new approach to social investigations in its provision of an ontology for the analytical separation of structure and agency. The philosophy is introduced and its implications for sociological investigation are discussed.

DOI
10.1023/A:1011495424958
Citation Information
Philip J Dobson. "The philosophy of critical realism—An opportunity for information systems research" (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/philip_dobson/13/