Out of the Box and Onto the Stage: Enacting Information Systems Research through Theatre

Eileen M. Trauth, Michel Avital, Julie Kendall, Kenneth E. Kendall, Richard Boland, Jr.

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    The quest for digital innovation leads to consideration of new ways to infuse creativity into research and practice. One approach is to import techniques from artistic disciplines such as theatre. This panel explores the benefits and pitfalls of importing theatrical techniques into IS research. The nonlinear and holistic approach of the artistic fields facilitates incorporation of the emotional, subtle and implicit aspects of IS research. Theatre can also serve as a generative research method that can facilitate the reframing of the way the world is seen and understood. But skeptics argue that the use of theatre might lead to the blurring of the lines between “fact and fiction” to the detriment of the scientific research tradition. This panel presents four different ways to increase IS research creativity by incorporating theatrical techniques into the
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
    Editors F. George Joey
    Number of pages5
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2012
    ChapterPaper 1130
    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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