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Social mechanisms for causal explanation in social theory based IS research

Avgerou, Chrisanthi (2013) Social mechanisms for causal explanation in social theory based IS research. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 14 (8). pp. 399-419. ISSN 1536-9323

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue for the development of explanatory theory in IS research. I critically examine ways of explaining IS phenomena, identify alternative epistemological approaches used in the social sciences, and point out the significance attributed to causality. I focus in particular on the development of explanation in process IS research that draws from social theory. I introduce the notion of social mechanism and suggest that tracing social mechanisms in research that draws from social theories of action and technology can lead to more complete and novel causal explanations of IS phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/
Additional Information: © 2013 Association for Information Systems
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2013 10:41
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/52869/

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