Reach and grasp in the debate over the IS core: An empty hand?

Weber, Ron (2006) Reach and grasp in the debate over the IS core: An empty hand?. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 7 10: 703-713.

Author Weber, Ron
Title Reach and grasp in the debate over the IS core: An empty hand?
Journal name Journal of the Association for Information Systems   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1536-9323
Publication date 2006
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 10
Start page 703
End page 713
Total pages 12
Place of publication Atlanta, GA United States
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Papers published about the need for a theoretical core in the information systems (IS) discipline can be characterized as either nature-of-the-discipline commentaries or logicof-the-core commentaries. The former articulate the authors’ views on those phenomena that research in the IS discipline ought to investigate. The latter scrutinize some of the logic that underlies arguments made by those who either support or reject the need for a theoretical core. Unfortunately, nature-of-the-discipline commentaries are unlikely to help clarify or resolve fundamental issues that underpin the debate. Too often they are based on idiosyncratic views that are difficult to either justify or refute. Logic-ofthe-core commentaries, however, lay bare the arguments made by the protagonists so they can be evaluated. In this paper, I examine the logic-of-the-core arguments made by
Lyytinen and King (2004) and evaluate their validity.
Keyword Information Systems
Disciplinary identity
Disciplinary legitimacy
Theoretical core
Sufficient condition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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