Critical Theory in MIS Research, 1990-2001 : Looking Back and Moving Forward
A review of five major journals in the Management Information Systems (MIS) field reveals that the majority of research articles engaging with Critical Theory, from the period 1990 to 2001, are of a conceptual nature, focusing primarily on systems development. Two reasons are suggested for the comparatively low level of engagement with Critical Theory in empirical research efforts: lack of a critical theory method and reluctance to engage with the theory's emancipatory commitments. A critical theory method that encompasses both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods is advanced. In addition, a more practiceoriented way of thinking about emancipation is proposed.
Neilson, L. (2007). Critical Theory in MIS Research, 1990-2001 : Looking Back and Moving Forward. Sprott Letters, November(2007).