Pragmatism vs interpretivism in qualitative information systems research

  title={Pragmatism vs interpretivism in qualitative information systems research},
  author={G{\"o}ran Goldkuhl},
  journal={European Journal of Information Systems},
  • G. Goldkuhl
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of Information Systems
Qualitative research is often associated with interpretivism, but alternatives do exist. Besides critical research and sometimes positivism, qualitative research in information systems can be performed following a paradigm of pragmatism. This paradigm is associated with action, intervention and constructive knowledge. This paper has picked out interpretivism and pragmatism as two possible and important research paradigms for qualitative research in information systems. It clarifies each… 

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