Critical Social Information Systems Research

Bernd Stahl

in The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580583
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Critical Social Information Systems Research

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This article presents an overview of the usage of critical theory in contemporary information system (IS) research and practice. It reviews the growing body of work on critical social information systems research (CSISR) to offer an in-depth understanding of the meaning and history of this tradition. The overview of characteristics and definitions of CSISR is supplemented by a discussion of dominant topics, questions of methodology, and theory. CSISR is characterized by the intention to change social reality and promote emancipation, which is a departure from other research approaches and traditions. The CSISR discourse is influenced by the philosophical writings of Habermas, particularly in the light of the ethical dimension of his work. It discusses problems of the approach and finishes with a critical reflection CSISR in general.

Keywords: information system; critical social information systems research; emancipation; philosophical writings; Habermas

Article.  13698 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Knowledge Management

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