Seeking Middle-Range Theories in Information Systems Research

  title={Seeking Middle-Range Theories in Information Systems Research},
  author={Nik Hassan and Paul Benjamin Lowry},
The information systems (IS) research community continues to raise questions about the characteristics and role of theory in IS. Some suggest the preeminence and misplaced emphasis on theory distorts and limits IS research, while others suggest the manner in which theory is borrowed and adapted impedes creative and innovative theorizing. This essay describes an established mode of theorizing that results in middlerange theories, which are abstract enough to allow for generalizations and useful… CONTINUE READING

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