In this paper, we respond to McBride’s (2018) paper on whether information systems is a science. We first argue that information systems is indeed a science in that it draws from and creates knowledge in a form similar to many different disciplines, including psychology, sociology, mathematics, economics, computer science, and engineering. We counter the flawed logic of methodical extremists who believe that their approach represents the best or only path to knowledge. Specifically, we argue that many different methods of inquiry and discovery are appropriate in information systems and that each has its strengths and weaknesses.
Dennis, Alan R.; Valacich, Joseph S.; and Brown, Susan A.
"A Comment on “Is Information Systems a Science?”,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 43
, Article 14.
Available at: https://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol43/iss1/14