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Conference Paper: Seeking middle-range theories in information systems research

TitleSeeking middle-range theories in information systems research
Authors
KeywordsPropositions
Information systems theory
Grand theory
Concepts
Middle-range theory
Theory construction
Issue Date2015
Citation
2015 International Conference on Information Systems: Exploring the Information Frontier, ICIS 2015, 2015 How to Cite?
AbstractThe information systems (IS) research community continues to raise questions about the characteristics and role of theory in IS. Some suggest the preeminence and misplaced emphasis on theory distorts and limits IS research, while others suggest the manner in which theory is borrowed and adapted impedes creative and innovative theorizing. This essay describes an established mode of theorizing that results in middlerange theories, which are abstract enough to allow for generalizations and useful conclusions, but close enough to observed data to be empirically validated. Theorizing in this manner holds the potential to produce novel and exciting theories, far removed from the formulaic, endless rearrangement of variables that are derived from grand theories, typically found in the bulk of IS research. After elaborating on the differences between grand theories and middle-range theories, this essay suggests several guidelines on how to build middle-range theories.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233875

 

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dc.contributor.authorHassan, Nik Rushdi-
dc.contributor.authorLowry, Paul Benjamin-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-27T07:21:52Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-27T07:21:52Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citation2015 International Conference on Information Systems: Exploring the Information Frontier, ICIS 2015, 2015-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233875-
dc.description.abstractThe information systems (IS) research community continues to raise questions about the characteristics and role of theory in IS. Some suggest the preeminence and misplaced emphasis on theory distorts and limits IS research, while others suggest the manner in which theory is borrowed and adapted impedes creative and innovative theorizing. This essay describes an established mode of theorizing that results in middlerange theories, which are abstract enough to allow for generalizations and useful conclusions, but close enough to observed data to be empirically validated. Theorizing in this manner holds the potential to produce novel and exciting theories, far removed from the formulaic, endless rearrangement of variables that are derived from grand theories, typically found in the bulk of IS research. After elaborating on the differences between grand theories and middle-range theories, this essay suggests several guidelines on how to build middle-range theories.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartof2015 International Conference on Information Systems: Exploring the Information Frontier, ICIS 2015-
dc.subjectPropositions-
dc.subjectInformation systems theory-
dc.subjectGrand theory-
dc.subjectConcepts-
dc.subjectMiddle-range theory-
dc.subjectTheory construction-
dc.titleSeeking middle-range theories in information systems research-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
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