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dc.contributor.authorGruner, Stefanen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorKroeze, Janen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-04T01:20:00Z
dc.date.available2014-12-04T01:20:00Z
dc.date.copyright2014en_NZ
dc.date.issued2014-12-08en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 8th - 10th December, Auckland, New Zealand
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-927184-26-4
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/8055
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we argue that the so-called 'positivism'-versus-'interpretivism' conflict raised by some constructivist, postmodernist, relativist philosophers and methodologists in information systems research is merely a pseudo problem which has no basis in reality. This pseudo problem of so-called 'positivism' versus 'interpretivism' only distracts from the genuine problem of the information systems discipline, namely the design and construction of reliable devices from reasonable specifications, for well-defined purposes, on the basis of scientifically acceptable principles. In contrast to those relativist 'philosophies' we show that information systems research actually belongs to the domain of engineering which already has its time-tested methodology and epistemology, including a trinity of scientific-nomothetic, hermeneutic-idiographic, as well as pragmatic-normative elements. By accepting fact that information systems research is a specific instance of engineering research, which also includes (and has always included) the un-quantifiable 'human dimension', a number of fruitless debates can be terminated for the sake of genuine progress in information systems' theory, design and deployment.en_NZ
dc.publisherACIS
dc.titleOn the Shortage of Engineering in Recent Information Systems Researchen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution
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