How and Why ‘Theory’ Is Often Misunderstood in Information Systems Literature
Siponen, Mikko; Klaavuniemi, Tuula (2019). How and Why ‘Theory’ Is Often Misunderstood in Information Systems Literature. In ICIS 2019 : Proceedings the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (. Association for Information Systems, 1497. https://aisel.aisnet.org/icis2019/research_methods/research_methods/3/
© 2019 the Authors
IS theory accounts have increased our understanding of scientific theories. However, many influential theory accounts in Information Systems (IS) are influenced by the Received View of scientific theory (RV), which flourished in the philosophy of science around 1930-1969. The RV has been widely rejected in the philosophy of science, as the theory ignored much of the actual scientific context, and it mischaracterized several important characteristics of scientific research and theories. Although RV ideas were crafted for philosophers’ philosophical purposes, and not for scientists’ use, several IS scholars seem to believe that some of the RV theses represent actual (good or strong) scientific theories. Mistaking problematic logical reconstructions by philosophers for “real” scientific theories may seriously impede IS research. Recognizing how some of the RV theses may mislead the IS research will hopefully help us to value other types of research contributions that may not meet the current ‘theory’ conventions. ...
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Parent publication ISBN978-0-9966831-9-7
ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems
Is part of publicationICIS 2019 : Proceedings the 40th International Conference on Information Systems
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Siponen, Mikko; Klaavuniemi, Tuula (Elsevier, 2020)The hypothetico-deductive (H-D) method is reported to be common in information systems (IS). In IS, the H-D method is often presented as a Popperian, Hempelian, or natural science method. However, there are many fundamental ...
Köse, Dicle Berfin; Hamari, Juho (Association for Information Systems, 2019)More and more information systems (IS) are designed to address a blend of hedonic and utilitarian purposes, and hence become what information system scholars call today “dual systems.” The aim of this research is chiefly ...
Siponen, Mikko; Tsohou, Aggeliki (Association for Information Systems, 2020)We respond to Lee’s (forthcoming) commentary on our article “Demystifying the Influential IS Legends of Positivism” (Siponen & Tsohou [S&T], 2018). Lee offers four arguments against our analyses and conclusions in S&T ...
Protection Motivation Theory in Information Systems Security Research : A Review of the Past and a Road Map for the Future Haag, Steffi; Siponen, Mikko; Liu, Fufan (ACM, 2021)Protection motivation theory (PMT) is one of the most commonly used theories to examine information security behaviors. Our systematic review of the application of PMT in information systems (IS) security and the comparison ...
An information system design product theory for the class of eSourcing requirements, delivery and completion management systems for eSourcing service providers Lu, Yikun (University of Jyväskylä, 2015)