Giving Voice to Feminist Projects in MIS Research

Giving Voice to Feminist Projects in MIS Research

Lynette Kvasny (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Anita Greenhill (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK) and Eileen M. Trauth (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2005010101
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In this paper, we explore the methodological and epistemological implications of conducting feminist projects in management information systems (MIS) research. These implications revolve around four core themes: that feminist research is situated in the margins, that current gender and MIS research is not adequately problematized, that feminist research questions the legitimacy and appropriateness of positivist research, and that reflection on the personal characteristics of the researcher such as race, gender, sexuality, and class can inform feminist research. We propose three criteria for giving voice to feminist projects in MIS research: (a) challenging the hegemonic dominance, legitimacy, and appropriateness of positivist epistemologies, (b) theorizing from the margins, and (c) problematizing gender.

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