On the Methodological and Philosophical Challenges of Sociomaterial Theorizing: An Overview of Competing Conceptualizations

Benjamin Mueller, Philip Raeth, Samer Faraj, Karlheinz Kautz, Daniel Robey, Ulrike Schultze

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This panel discusses how to take the ontological paradigm of Sociomateriality to the field using alternative theoretical lenses that embody sociomaterial ideas. Based on exemplary papers, Samer Faraj, Karlheinz Kautz, Daniel Robey, and Ulrike Schultze present the advantages of the lens they have drawn on to inform their empirical research. Through their discussion the panelists illustrate how they designed their studies accordingly and defend why their approach allows them to make empirical observations of the Sociomaterial. Informed by this comparative debate, the audience gains insights into the panelists’ experiences with conducting, writing, and editing Sociomaterial research. The audience will thus understand the methodological differences of the alternative lenses as well as important commonalities that make a study sociomaterial. As a key takeaway, the panel provides guidance on how to contribute to sociomaterial theorizing, thus supporting the recent trend towards Sociomateriality in the IS research community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
Editors F. George Joey
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2012
ChapterPaper 1128
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
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, Florida
OtherICIS is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS).
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems

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