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The Why, What and How of Theories in Information Systems Research

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Müller, Benjamin ; Urbach, Nils:
The Why, What and How of Theories in Information Systems Research.
2013
Event: 34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) , 15.-18. Dez. 2013 , Milan, Italy.
(Conference item: Conference , Paper )

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Theory’s pivotal importance has been continuously emphasized in the information systems (IS) discipline ever since its inception. The ability to understand and contribute to theory is an important qualification in the practice of research. Recently we see some of our reference disciplines turn towards reviving their examination of the concept and how it can help producing high quality scholarly contributions. In light of this trend, we suggest that also the IS discipline should intensify its discussion of theory and theorizing. We thus intend to synthesize and reflect upon the debate on theories and theorizing in the IS field. As such, our key contribution is to inform (new) authors about opportunities in theorizing and help them put the concept of theory to work for them. Through this, we hope to advance and support the discipline’s current strive towards more theoretical thinking and the increasing demand for theoretical contributions.

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Item Type: Conference item (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Theory building, IS theory, information systems 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: No
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 06:14
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015 08:18
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/7950