Originally published in: MISQ Discovery, June 1997 This is the "living version".
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Qualitative Research in Information Systems
Section Editor: Michael D. Myers
Welcome to the ISWorld Section on Qualitative Research in Information Systems (IS). This section aims to provide qualitative researchers in IS - and those wanting to know how to do qualitative research - with useful information on the conduct, evaluation and publication of qualitative research. The originally accepted work was published in MISQ Discovery in 1997 and is available in the MISQ Discovery Archive. This work also received the Value-Added Site award for 1996-97 sponsored by the Academy of Management‟s Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division and ISWorld. More recently, this work received an ISWorld Challenge Award from the Association for Information Systems in 2004. Acknowledgments: I am very grateful to Allen S. Lee and M. Lynne Markus for their earlier encouragement and advice.
This section is dedicated to qualitative research in Information Systems (IS). Qualitative research involves the use of qualitative data, such as interviews, documents, and participant observation data, to understand and explain social phenomena. Qualitative researchers can be found in many disciplines and fields, using a variety of approaches, methods and techniques. In Information Systems, there has been a general shift in IS research away from technological to managerial and organizational issues, hence an