What is IS research?
- IS field’s traditional notions of what information is about: information for decision making, automation, and effective control of organizations
- Information, in some cases, is being used to disrupt and break down decision making and create havoc within organizations rather than support them
How is philosophical work represented and perceived in the IS discourse?
- How do we inspire our research? “What is . . .?” question.
- What is information? What is technology?
- For IS research, these varied interpretations of metaphysics provide a rich foundation for developing the field’s own metaphysics, as the field begins to re-examine the essence of its own core concerns, including information, systems, and technology.
- Epistemology: why do we think we know and the problem of epistemology in IS
Logic, rationality, and the reasoning process
- The bulk of the reasoning process applied in IS research is deductive reasoning
- inductive reasoning
Axiology: what is good and to be valued, and what should we do and why should we do it?
- Ethics is the philosophical discipline interested in questions of right and wrong, good and bad, do’s or don’t
- Notably virtue ethics, duty ethics (deontology), and consequentialism.
- What is the scope of IS research? When we are asking the “what” question like “ what is information?” and “What is technology”? Do we need to discuss them together? Information (knowledge) and technology are two terms that have been investigated for several years. What is the unique aspect of IS research?
- The author mentions that “The domain in which the research resides, whether it is quantitative or qualitative, is at best not a productive way to begin the research”, they say that starting with a focus on the problem and research questions will best serve the researcher. However, we find that researchers do choose their favorite methodology in reality.