Alternative Genres of IS Research: Looking for Great Leaps Forward

Michel Avital, Lars Mathiassen, Kevin Crowston, Omar A. El Sawy, Shirley Gregor

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    The potential value of alternative genres in IS research is the core question that drives this panel discussion. The term “Alternative Genres” refers to unconventional forms of thinking, doing, and communicating scholarship and practice. It relates to innovation with respect to epistemological perspectives, research methods, semantic framing, literary styles, and media of expression. Overall, the application of alternative genres is considered to be a generative act that provides an opportunity to take a fresh look and to gain deeper understanding of the subject matter. Nonetheless, paradoxically the prevailing genres have much inertia, in spite of the inherent boundary spanning nature of alternative genres. Building on their own recent empirical research, the panelists will debate the potential value of alternative genres as unconventional modality of IS scholarship and how alternative genres might be utilized to support the discipline's the next leap forward.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
    Editors F. George Joey
    Number of pages6
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2012
    ChapterPaper 1131
    ISBN (Electronic)9780615718439
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventThe 33rd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2012 : Digital Innovation in the Service Economy - Orlando, Florida, United States
    Duration: 16 Dec 201219 Dec 2012


    ConferenceThe 33rd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2012
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityOrlando, Florida
    OtherICIS is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS).
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    SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems

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