European Journal of Information Systems

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 90–107 | Cite as

Diversity in information systems action research methods

  • R Baskerville
  • A T Wood-Harper


Discussions of action research in information systems (IS) often proceed as if there were one definitive action research method. This paper describes and analyses the different frameworks, assumptions and goals that characterise the diverse forms of action research. A more inclusive action research paradigm is delineated that offers a basis for validating a wider range of IS research. Acceptance of the full range of the diverse forms of action research may enable the IS field to be more explicit about its research methodology, thereby enabling criteria to be improved and applied to a broader range of IS research.


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© Operational Research Society 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • R Baskerville
    • 1
  • A T Wood-Harper
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Information SystemsGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Information Research Centre, University of SalfordSalford, ManchesterUK

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