University Of Tasmania

File(s) under permanent embargo

Social constructionism with a twist of pragmatism: a suitable cocktail for information systems research

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-23, 03:31 authored by Marshall, PH, Jo-Anne KelderJo-Anne Kelder, Perry, A
The Information Systems discipline is concerned with the identification, planning, development, implementation and management of information systems in organisations. Thus, it is in organisations that the events, happenings and stories of information systems are played out. Given this, the perspective that Information Systems researchers have of organisational reality is most important. This viewpoint affects and impacts upon researchers’ practice, from the identification and choice of the research question, right through the analysis of data to the writing up of the research. This paper explores a particular theoretical perspective on organisational reality. Social constructionism augmented by pragmatism, is described and explored in the paper, and the implications for research Information Systems are considered. It is argued in the paper that this theoretical orientation is particularly helpful in planning, conceptualising and executing relevant and practical research in the Information Systems discipline.


Publication title

Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2005)


Bruce Campbell & et al






School of Information and Communication Technology


Australasian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems

Place of publication

Sydney, Australia

Event title


Event Venue

Sydney, Australia

Date of Event (Start Date)


Date of Event (End Date)


Rights statement

Copyright 2005 Peter Marshall, Jo-Anne Kelder and Andrew Perry

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Management and productivity not elsewhere classified

Usage metrics

    University Of Tasmania