A Critical Perspective on Action Research as a Method for Information Systems Research

Richard L. Baskerville, A. Trevor Wood-Harper

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    Abstract

    This paper reviews the origins, techniques and roles associated with action research into information systems (IS). Many consider the approach to be the paragon of post-positivist research methods, yet it has a cloudy history among the social sciences. The paper summarizes the rigorous approach to action research and suggests certain domains of ideal use (such as systems development methodology). For those faced with conducting, reviewing or examining action research, the paper discusses various problems, opportunities and strategies.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Information Technology
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)235-246
    Number of pages12
    ISSN0268-3962
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1996

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