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The debate between " hard " positivist and " soft " interpretivist research approaches has been the subject of much discussion in the IS field. Typically, the debate is framed in issues central to the philosophy of science, an area where relatively few IS researchers are truly competent. This paper attempts to illuminate the issue, particularly for students(More)
The debate between 'hard' and 'soft' research approaches continues in the IS field, but with little prospect of resolution. The debate is typically characterised by tendentious arguments as advocates from each approach offer a somewhat one-sided condemnation of the counterpart from the inimical research tradition. This paper begins by relating two(More)
This paper explores the nature of the critical agenda and endeavours to advance the critical debate by considering a particular case in point: gender and IS research. It does so by drawing upon Chua's classic framework outlining philosophical assumptions underpinning research and also by building upon prior work of the authors on the interconnections among(More)