Alternative genres of IS research: Looking for great leaps forward

Michel Avital, Lars Mathiassen, Kevin Crowston, Omar A. El Sawy, Shirley Gregor

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Abstract

The potential value of alternative genres in IS research is the core question that drives this panel discussion. The term "Alternative Genres" refers to unconventional forms of thinking, doing, and communicating scholarship and practice. It relates to innovation with respect to epistemological perspectives, research methods, semantic framing, literary styles, and media of expression. Overall, the application of alternative genres is considered to be a generative act that provides an opportunity to take a fresh look and to gain deeper understanding of the subject matter. Nonetheless, paradoxically the prevailing genres have much inertia, in spite of the inherent boundary spanning nature of alternative genres. Building on their own recent empirical research, the panelists will debate the potential value of alternative genres as unconventional modality of IS scholarship and how alternative genres might be utilized to support the discipline's the next leap forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
Pages1305-1310
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 16 2012Dec 19 2012

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
Volume2

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period12/16/1212/19/12

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • IS research frameworks
  • IS research genre
  • IS research issue
  • Innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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    Avital, M., Mathiassen, L., Crowston, K., El Sawy, O. A., & Gregor, S. (2012). Alternative genres of IS research: Looking for great leaps forward. In International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012 (pp. 1305-1310). (International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012; Vol. 2).