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Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research
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Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research

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In its quest for knowledge and understanding the Information Systems (IS) field has generally been torn between positivist and interpretivist approaches. However, in this paper an approach that …

In its quest for knowledge and understanding the Information Systems (IS) field has generally been torn between positivist and interpretivist approaches. However, in this paper an approach that accepts many of the underlying beliefs of both positivism and interpretivism is
presented: the fictive approach. This blended approach - most comprehensively developed by Vaihinger - reveals
how much of what we do in the IS field can be seen as
creating and working with fictions. From the abstractive to
the aesthetic all fictions are evident to some extent in the
IS discipline. While the fictional approach has its challenges
it is paradigmatically creative, rich and holistic; all important
and arguably necessary characteristics when it comes to understanding Information Systems. Perhaps by
legitimizing and exploring fictions in all their forms the IS
field may finally mend the tear between the two warring paradigms and move forward in a bid to achieve the disciplines raison d'etre: making better sense of Information Systems.

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  • Ladies and gentlemen, fellow colleagues. My name is Sandy Behrens and I’m from Central Queensland University in Australia. I’m here today to present my paper “Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research”.
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    • 1. Fact or Fiction: The Philosophy of Fictions in IS Research Ms. Sandy Behrens School of Management and Information Systems Central Queensland University http://farm1.static.flickr.com/38/80098386_fd5fa2285f_b.jpg
    • 2. Purpose
    • 3.  
    • 4. Positivists http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/445075918_0e0435361a_o.jpg
    • 5. Interpretivists http://farm1.static.flickr.com/220/495953104_8d2da151cf_o.jpg
    • 6. Either/Or Proposition http://farm1.static.flickr.com/71/156209922_ada2634626_o.jpg
    • 7. Really? Weber (2004) Guba & Lincoln (2004)
    • 8. Vaihinger (1924) Interpretivism Positivism http://farm1.static.flickr.com/32/88736268_14414801a9_o.jpg
    • 9. Making sense http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2698708497_59b12da13e_o.jpg
    • 10. Value?
    • 11. Reconciliation http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2157/2263962161_5793eff764_o.jpg
    • 12. Vantage Point http://farm1.static.flickr.com/76/218885785_e2b886d5e4_o.jpg
    • 13. Fictions
    • 14. Abstractive Meridian of Ferro Zero point determination Water as measure of gravity
    • 15. Abstractive Fictions in IS Schemas, models and diagrams Theories eg. TAM Methods for implementation and design
    • 16. Symbolic http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2091/2232897539_1abdf7d2f8_b.jpg Metaphors
    • 17. Symbolic Fictions in IS http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2091/2232897539_1abdf7d2f8_b.jpg Methodologies used for systems development Designing effective IS interfaces Conceptual Bias in IS research
    • 18. Heuristic http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1234/896873841_02cc5d367b_b.jpg Ptolemaic cosmic system Newton’s laws of gravitation Teleology
    • 19. Heuristic Fictions in IS http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1234/896873841_02cc5d367b_b.jpg Data modelling Teleology - primary metaphors
    • 20. Practical
      • Ethics
        • “ All men are created equal”
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    • 21. Practical Fictions in IS http://farm1.static.flickr.com/33/99413816_150c463c9b_o.jpg Ethical issues in organizations Ethical behavior of researchers
    • 22. Aesthetic http://farm1.static.flickr.com/47/112013515_a5d8e6e094_o.jpg Mythology
    • 23. Aesthetic Fictions in IS http://farm1.static.flickr.com/47/112013515_a5d8e6e094_o.jpg Systems Design - Look and feel Ciaborra - creativity and strategy
    • 24. Vantage Point http://farm1.static.flickr.com/76/218885785_e2b886d5e4_o.jpg
    • 25. Moving Forward
    • 26. [email_address] Read the paper: Conference proceedings Talk with me: Questions after this session At the conference [email_address] Slides: Freely available at Slide Share www.slideshare.net

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