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.