To reveal is to critique:actor-network theory and critical information systems research

Doolin, W.R. and Lowe, Alan D. (2002). To reveal is to critique:actor-network theory and critical information systems research. Journal of Information Technology, 17 (2), pp. 69-78.


It has been suggested that, in order to maintain its relevance, critical research must develop a strong emphasis on empirical work rather than the conceptual emphasis that has typically characterized critical scholarship in management. A critical project of this nature is applicable in the information systems (IS) arena, which has a growing tradition of qualitative inquiry. Despite its relativist ontology, actor–network theory places a strong emphasis on empirical inquiry and this paper argues that actor–network theory, with its careful tracing and recording of heterogeneous networks, is well suited to the generation of detailed and contextual empirical knowledge about IS. The intention in this paper is to explore the relevance of IS research informed by actor–network theory in the pursuit of a broader critical research project as de? ned in earlier work.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Accounting
Aston Business School > Accounting Research Group
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical research,empirical work,critical scholarship,management,information systems,qualitative inquiry,actor–network theory,empirical inquiry
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Published Date: 2002
Authors: Doolin, W.R.
Lowe, Alan D.

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