Challenges to Qualitative Researchers in Information Systems

Challenges to Qualitative Researchers in Information Systems

Allen S. Lee (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
Copyright: © 2001 |Pages: 31
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-06-8.ch010


A conventional “trends” chapter on qualitative research in information systems (IS) would review the state of the art (the methods and findings) of such research, laud its achievements, criticize its shortcomings, and then specify what it should do in the future to add to its achievements and rectify its shortcomings. However, I will write this chapter unconventionally instead, so that the reader will be able to gain a sense of my own engagement with issues in qualitative IS research. Furthermore, although the editor of this volume originally commissioned me to write a chapter on trends, the chapter has evolved as a critical commentary on qualitative IS research. The chapter’s turn in this direction resulted from the editor’s guidance to me about how to account for the comments of the anonymous reviewers of the initial draft.

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