Due to recent calls for advancing theory in IS, there is a need to examine how to use theory. Yet IS researchers struggle to use theory effectively to generate significant theoretical contributions. By examining theory development papers, this paper suggests that combining abduction and problematization can generate more effective theoretical contributions. By combining problematization and abduction, we combine the rigor of questioning key theoretical assumptions, but we also engage in creative thinking which can result in significant theoretical conclusions.
Walls, Katelyn L. and Salam, A. F., "Integration of Abduction and Problematization: Perspectives on Developing Interesting Information Systems Theories" (2022). AMCIS 2022 TREOs. 13.