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Understanding the Why, What, and How of Theories in IS Research

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Müller, Benjamin ; Urbach, Nils:
Understanding the Why, What, and How of Theories in IS Research.
In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems. (2017) .
ISSN 1529-3181

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Theory’s pivotal importance has been emphasized in the information systems (IS) discipline since its inception. As in many fields of science, IS scholars’ ability to understand and contribute to theory is an important qualification in research prac-tice. This requires solid foundations for why we engage with theory, what theory is for us, and how we work with theory. We synthesize and reflect on the debates on theories and theorizing in the IS field. Our key contribution is to inform (new) authors of the prevailing state-of-the-art and to help identify opportunities in theo-rizing to put theory to work. While only a first step, we hope that our synthesis of the status quo advances our discipline’s current efforts towards enhancing theo-rizing and addressing the increasing demand for theoretical contributions and that it critically reflects on the status quo to help us move beyond it.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: theory; theorizing; reasoning; information systems research; IS research; philosophy
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and strategic IT management > Professorship Business Informations Systems and strategic IT management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 08:41
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2018 11:43
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/36764