Quotation Mendling, Jan, Berente, Nicholas, Seidel, Stefan, Grisold, Thomas. 2021. The Philosopher's Corner: Pluralism and Pragmatism in the Information Systems Field: The Case of Research on Business Processes and Organizational Routine. ACM SIGMIS Database. 52 (2), 127-140.


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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 …

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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 The Philosopher's Corner: Pluralism and Pragmatism in the Information Systems Field: The Case of Research on Business Processes and Organizational Routine
Volume 52
Number 2
Year 2021
Page from 127
Page to 140
URL https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/3462766.3462773
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3462766.3462773
Open Access N

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Mendling, Jan (Details)
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Berente, Nicholas (Notre Dame University, United States/USA)
Grisold, Thomas (Universität Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein)
Seidel, Stefan (Universität Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein)
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Institute for Data, Process and Knowledge Management (AE Mendling) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1146 Management information systems (Details)
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