Much IS research brings a priori theoretical constructs to its domain of study, and this can generate
distorted outcomes. To avoid this danger, IS research should be 'lifeworld-oriented'. Characteristics of
the lifeworld are drawn from philosophy and applied to examples of IS research. Surprisingly, both
positivist and critical research can be both theorizing and lifeworld-oriented, though in different ways.
A proposal is then made for 'lifeworld-oriented IS research', which, by taking into account the
lifeworlds of both researcher and researched, can make IS research richer and more relevant.
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