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Grounding through operationalization: constructing tangible theory in IS research

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dc.contributor.author Agerfalk, Par J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-16T15:17:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-16T15:17:25Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation 12th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2004) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2186
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The research interests of information systems (IS) researchers often lead to a tension between theory development on the one hand and practical application, such as the implementation of computer applications or business processes, on the other. This tension is, for example, made manifest in the various action research approaches typically used in IS research. This paper presents an approach to IS research that aims to maintain a link between the abstract and the concrete in order to construct ‘tangible theory’. The approach is based on a perspective referred to as socio-instrumental pragmatism and on the concept of grounding knowledge in three different ways: internal grounding, external theoretical grounding, and empirical grounding. Specifically, the suggested approach puts forward the idea of operationalization of abstract knowledge into concrete forms that are more directly applicable in practice. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.subject action research en_US
dc.subject grounding operationalization en_US
dc.subject tangible theory en_US
dc.subject interpretive research en_US
dc.title Grounding through operationalization: constructing tangible theory in IS research en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess


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