Mobius Transitions in the Dilemma of Legitimacy

Mobius Transitions in the Dilemma of Legitimacy

Eleanor Wynn (Intel Corporation, USA)
Copyright: © 2001 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-06-8.ch002


While qualitative research can be analytic, rational and positivist (Myers ongoing), it tends to be associated within IS with more relativistic, descriptive and phenomenological approaches. This poses something of a problem in contrasting quantitative with qualitative approaches, because there is a contrast among qualitative works just as there are interesting differences amongst quantitative approaches. On the whole in this chapter, I take a position about the future of research that is descriptive and that questions the reification of many constructs upon which much quantitative research within information systems is based.

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