Cultivating Recalcitrance in Information Systems Research

Carsten Sørensen, Edgar A. Whitley, Shirin Madon, Dasha Klyachko, Ian Hosein, Justine Johnstone

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There is an ongoing debate about how to improve the quality of empirical research efforts in information systems. One of the persistent issues within the debate concerns the relative importance of social and technical aspects of an information system and how to study these different elements. Contemporary research within science and technology studies suggests that social science inquiries can learn from empirical enquiries within the natural sciences through the notion of recalcitrance in experimental subjects. The aim of this article is to conduct an initial exploration of the usefulness of these ideas in the context of empirical information systems research. The following three research methods are subjected to a first theoretical analysis: (I) longitudinal, interpretive case study; (2) quantitative case study; and (3) laboratory experiments. For each of the three methods, an example is studied together with reflections from the researchers conducting the particular study. It is concluded that although this does not represent a solution to all methodological problems, adopting the perspective of cultivating recalcitrance and designing research methods to include objectors provides an additional perspective, which can enrich and deepen the empirical work as well as further qualify the methodology discourse between researchers.
TitelRealigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Dev. : The Social and Organizational Perspective
RedaktørerNancy L. Russo, Brian Fitzgerald, Janice I. DeGross
Antal sider20
UdgivelsesstedNew York, NY
ISBN (Trykt)9780792374206, 9781475763669
ISBN (Elektronisk)9780387354897
StatusUdgivet - 2001
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedIFIP TC8/WG 8.2 Working Conference on Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Development: The Social and Organizational Perspective - Boise, USA
Varighed: 27 jul. 200129 jul. 2001


KonferenceIFIP TC8/WG 8.2 Working Conference on Realigning Research and Practice in Information Systems Development
SponsorBoise State University, University College of Cork, Ireland, Northern Illinois University
NavnIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


  • Technology study
  • London School
  • Information system research
  • Group decision support system
  • Longitudinal case study