Critical Perspectives on Information Systems: An Impression of the Research Landscape

  • Carole Brooke


Klein and Hirschheim (1991) predicted that the future of information systems (IS) research would

… belong to methodologies that are able to combine a high level of formal rationality with a sufficient level of communicative rationality under emancipatory conditions (p. 15).


Information System Critical Research Critical Perspective Emotional Labour Critical Realism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Brooke
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business and ManagementUniversity of LincolnBrayford PoolUK

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