IS Research Methods

For this track we broadly invite papers that tackle a methodological aspect of IS research. We acknowledge methodological pluralism in IS by including the whole variety of methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches in positivistic or non-positivistic designs. However, we in particular invite ideas highlighting alternative ways of creating knowledge where traditional methods may not produce statistically significant results, the latter being one main criterion to get papers published in most well-ranked journals and conferences. We also invite papers discussing underlying assumptions of any method and questioning what constitutes valid research. Historical views on IS research method development and use are also welcome.

Recommended Topics
This track encourages the submission of research papers, research-in-progress papers, teaching cases, and panel proposals in the following areas (but not limited to):

  • Action research
  • Case study research
  • Grounded theory
  • Empirical surveys
  • Different sampling designs
  • Literature review approaches
  • Philosophical perspectives
  • Laboratory or field experiments
  • Formal models and languages
  • Simulations
  • Mathematical modeling and numerical approaches
  • Measurement model and scale validations

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