A. Brown


IS can be viewed as a socio-technical system. It has social effects as well as operational and business impacts on organisations. Critical IS research represents one type of approach to investigating the social dimension of IS. However there has been relatively little empirical work in this tradition. This paper reviews the early years of Critical IS research. It addresses the question of why empirical CIS research has attracted comparatively little attention so far. The results of empirical critical case work suggest that this is a potentially powerful method for generating greater insight into the impact of IS on organisation and how it is used. The paper concludes with some ideas about the future of this research approach.