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19-01 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research

Place

Location: Fürstenberghaus
Address: Domplatz 20-22 48143 Münster Germany
Room: F234
Date: 28 May 16:00 - 18:00

Description

The generation of knowledge from data can likely be seen as one of the key contributions of any science. Consequently, scholars like Whetten (1989), Steinfield and Fulk (1990), and Blalock (1969) have emphasized the centrality of theories for any scientific endeavor – a thought widely reflected in many disciplines from natural to social sciences (Atmanspacher 2007). While this attention to theoretical work has been at the heart of the IS discipline for a long time (cf. Keen 1980), we believe that advanced theorizing in an increasingly networked society calls for a dedicated discussion on the evolution of existing methodological and conceptual approaches to theorizing. Particularly the growing connection of individuals and groups with other people and organizations forces us to pay attention to complexity and contingencies that create opportunities and challenges for the careful development of new theories. Recently we have seen some of our reference disciplines turn towards reviving their own examination of theories and theoretical work and their role in producing high quality scholarly contributions (e.g., in management research with contributions by Corley and Gioia 2011; Hillman 2011; Shapira 2011; Shepherd and Sutcliffe 2011; Suddaby et al. 2011; Thompson 2011; Tsang and Ellsaesser 2011). It is this rekindled interest that leads us to suggest that the IS discipline, too, should intensify its discussion of theory and theorizing above and beyond such landmark papers as Gregor’s (2006) influential piece on the role of theory in IS research, Urquhart et al.'s (2010) guidelines for theory building, Weber’s (2012) treatment of quality of theories and theorizing, or Straub’s (2012) discussion on native IS theories. This track is targeted towards picking up this debate. It provides a platform for the discussion and development of new approaches to theorizing as well as new methods to inform this theorizing. We also want to engage in a differentiated discussion on the nature and role of our theorizing in our discipline in order to advance our understanding of the “networked society.” We seek submissions that are innovative, novel, and significant in terms of advancing our discipline’s ability to theorize phenomena in the networked society. We place particular emphasis on a submission’s ability to highlight how it helps us as a discipline to better describe, explain, predict, and design these phenomena. The latter requires special considerations. Following the classic work of Simon (1981), artifacts have an inside and outside view and we encourage specific consideration of both. In methodological contributions, we encourage potential authors to elaborate on what in the phenomena we study can now be captured better and how and why the method suggested is able to do that. Authors of methodological pieces are encouraged to carefully reflect on issues of epistemology in their work. In theoretical pieces, we will look not only for novel ideas, but also for a careful integration with what is known already and how and why the new contribution advances existing nomological nets.

Conveners

  • Session 1
    • Müller, Benjamin (University of Groningen)
    • Urbach, Nils (University of Bayreuth)

Timetable | Contribution List

Displaying 4 contributions out of 4
Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 19-01 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
Track: 19 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
In empirical sciences, one of the best-known measures for a theory's strength is its falsifiability. This principle, originally introduced by philosopher Karl Popper (1902–1994), holds that good theories make bold and empirically testable claims that survive repeated attempts of falsification, i.e., attempts to prove that a theory is invalid. According to Popper, scientific progress requires pro ... More
Presented by Antti SALOVAARA on 28/5/2015 at 15:00
Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 19-01 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
Track: 19 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
Data captured at different points in time provides the basis for longitudinal research. It is unquestioned that several IS phenomena deal with change over time such as post-adoption behavior with respect to IT artifacts. However, cross-sectional research designs are predominantly applied in the IS field up till now. This paper is therefore written not only to motivate the IS community to apply lon ... More
Presented by Flavius KEHR on 28/5/2015 at 14:00
Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 19-01 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
Track: 19 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
In spite of more than 25 years of research, the nature of Information Systems (ISs) remains elusive. To this end, a new conceptualization of ISs from a neurobiological perspective is proposed. ISs are seen as instruments for action, which in turn requires coordination. We posit that the phylogenetic evolution has endowed humans with a neurobiological substrate enabling coordination. The construct ... More
Presented by Lars TAXÉN on 28/5/2015 at 14:30
Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 19-01 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
Track: 19 - Advancing Theories and Theorizing in IS Research
Design science research is a valid research methodology today in IS. Its goal is to solve wicked problems and show that IT artifacts created to solve the problem has efficacy and utility. However developing design theories or making theoretical contributions (theory as artifact) is still a challenge. This thoughtful essay is meant to provide deep insights into the interplay between theory and desi ... More
Presented by Samir CHATTERJEE on 28/5/2015 at 15:30
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