Quotation Mendling, Jan, Berente, Nicholas, Seidel, Stefan, Grisold, Thomas. 2021. Pluralism and Pragmatism in the Information Systems Field: The Case of Research on Business Processes and Organizational Routines. ACM SIGMIS Database. 52 (2)


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In an effort to contribute to the recent debate around epistemological and methodological anarchism inspired by the thinking of Paul Feyerabend, we reflect on Habermas’s pragmatist perspective of social science. We argue that the information systems field instantiates a sort of pluralism that goes beyond the relativistic conclusions of Feyerabend. This is evident through the different traditions of research into business processes and organizational routines. There is a healthy diversity of epistemological and methodological approaches in this research. Accompanying this diversity is an openness to novelty and change. Yet, at the same time, this does not necessitate the abandonment of rigor and a cumulative tradition implied by “anything goes.” Anything does not go, and that’s a good thing. There is not a singular, hegemonic approach to what constitutes strong information systems research, but neither have we devolved into anarchy.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal ACM SIGMIS Database
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Pluralism and Pragmatism in the Information Systems Field: The Case of Research on Business Processes and Organizational Routines
Volume 52
Number 2
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
DOI na
Open Access N

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Mendling, Jan (Details)
External
Berente, Nicholas (Notre Dame University, United States/USA)
Grisold, Thomas (University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein)
Seidel, Stefan (University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein)
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Applied Information Technology with Focus on IT in Organization (Details)
Information Systems and Operations DP (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5367 Management information systems (Details)
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