The Rhetoric of Positivism Versus Interpretivism: A Personal View

Weber, Ron
March 2004
MIS Quarterly;Mar2004, Vol. 28 Issue 1, preceding p1
Academic Journal
This article comments on the rhetoric of positivism and interpretivism in relation to information systems research. Interpretive researchers experience frustration when they attempted to publish their work. They contended that colleagues who lacked knowledge of interpretive research methods controlled most of the journals. Positivists believe that reality is separate from the individual who observes it. They consider subject and object to be two separate, independent things.


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