The ethical nature of critical research in information systems.

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dc.contributor.author Stahl, Bernd Carsten, 1968-
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-14T11:32:00Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-14T11:32:00Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Stahl, B.C. (2008) The ethical nature of critical research in information systems. Information systems journal, 18 (2), pp. 137-163. en
dc.identifier.issn 1350-1917
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/139
dc.description.abstract Critical research in information systems is based on and inspired by ethics and morality. In order to support this proposition, this paper will suggest a way of classifying critical research that differs from definitions common IS research. According to the current definition, research is critical when it is motivated by the intention to change social realities and promote emancipation. Based on this critical intention, critical research is furthermore characterized by critical topics, critical theories, and critical methodologies. Using these criteria of critical research, the paper argues that critical research is ethical in nature. To support this view, the paper introduces the concepts of ethics and morality by analysing two traditions of moral philosophy, here called the ‘German tradition’ and the ‘French tradition’. Using three examples of current critical research in information systems, the paper will show that ethics and morality strongly influence critical intention, topics and theories. Having thus established the ethical nature of critical research, the paper concludes by discussing the weaknesses of critical research from the point of view of ethics and morality. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher © Blackwell en
dc.subject ethics en
dc.subject morality en
dc.subject critical research en
dc.subject Habermas en
dc.subject Foucault en
dc.title The ethical nature of critical research in information systems. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2575.2007.00283.x
dc.researchgroup Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
dc.ref2014.selected 1367395509_0310680083410_11_1


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