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Journal Issue
Volume 1 Issue 1 / Jan 2002  pp1‑58

Editor: Arthur Money

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The Dimension of Time: Historiography in Information Systems Research  pp1‑10

Frank Bannister

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E‑Business Research Practice: Towards an Agenda  pp11‑19

Stephen Drew

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Constructing a Theory of 'IS Business Value' from the Literature  pp20‑26

Marguerite C Cronk, Edmond P Fitzgerald

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Co‑operative Inquiry: Reflections on Practice  pp27‑37

Briony J Oates

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Towards an Informed Evaluation of Information Systems Services' Quality: The Development and Application of the Template Process  pp38‑45

Mark NK Saunders, Christine S Williams

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Research Strategies — Beyond the Differences  pp46‑49

Dan Remenyi

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Gender Reflexivity: A Missing Element from Action Research in Information Systems  pp50‑58

Teresa Waring

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Abstract

Much of the literature on AR in IS appears to have forgotten its radical roots and its subjective epistemology. More rigorous, mechanistic approaches and control mechanisms are continuing to emerge rather than more insightful and innovative methods of interpretation and reflexivity to facilitate making sense of the research. AR is a methodology, like ethnography, that involves people and as such is subject to organisational power and politics that can have dimensions of age, race, social class as well as gender. This paper argues that action researchers involved in information systems development should become more critical in their approach and provide insight into their research by avoiding linguistic reductionism and sanitised stories that remove the struggle, conflict and injustice inherent in all organisations involved in change. This can be done in a variety of ways. One such approach is by developing and presenting stories that are interpreted through different lenses that reveal to the reader new dimensions in the research. The lens used in this paper is a gender lens. 

 

Keywords: Action Research, Information Systems development

 

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