How is Information Systems Research Justified? An Analysis of Justifications Given by Authors

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2020-01-07
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Spindeldreher, Kai
Schlagwein, Daniel
Schoder, Detlef
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This study analyses how Information Systems (IS) research is justified by authors. We assess how authors justify their research endeavors based on published IS research papers. We use justification theory [11], which along with later work, identifies seven different value systems (i.e., orders of worth) as co-existing in society, as a conceptual foundation. We qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the justifications in published IS research papers. We provide a breakdown of the justifications used in IS research. Our findings show that the importance and relevance of IS research is predominantly justified in reference to three orders of worth (market, industrial and civic values) at the neglect of the four other orders of worth (domestic, inspiration, fame, green) that equally exist in society. We provide suggestions to stimulate a broader consideration of research topics in relation to these other orders of worth and hence alternative sources of justification for authors.
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Knowing What We Know: Theory, Meta-analysis, and Review, is research, justification, legitimacy, literature review, orders of worth
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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