Both positivistic and interpretive approaches are, in some ways, relevant to aspects of IS research, owing to the nature of the IS discipline as being concerned with both the social and technical aspects of organisations and computer systems. However, the approaches are generally seen as being based on different research “paradigms”, and are therefore mutually exclusive (Burrell and Morgan, 1979, Hirschheim, et al., 1995); whereas the discipline of IS studies (or, arguably, should study) the intertwining nature of social and technical actualities and possibilities. Research described herein shows how aspects of Adorno’s critical theory may be utilised to develop a richer interpretation of IS practice and research.
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