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Interpretivism in Information Systems: A Postmodern Epistemology?

Jan H. Kroeze
University of South Africa, South Africa


Abstract
This paper investigates the relationship between postmodernism, epistemology and interpretivism. The paper's objective is to show that the interpretivist research paradigm shows very clear postmodernist traits. After defining the three concepts the paper attempts to answer two research questions, namely whether interpretivism may be regarded as an epistemology and whether it is a typical postmodern approach to Information Systems science and research. The paper is conceptual, using a philosophical-logical approach.

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Reference:Kroeze, J.H. (2011). "Interpretivism in Information Systems: A Postmodern Epistemology?," . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 11(171). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/11-171
Keywords:Interpretivism, Positivism, Epistemology, Postmodernism, Information Systems
Item Type:Article - Volume 11 Article 171 (2011)
Language:English
Email: Jan H. Kroeze (kroezjh@unisa.ac.za)
Additional Information:Edited version of working paper read at AMCIS 2011 SIGPhil workshop

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