Style composition in action research publication: a critical analysis of leading information systems journals

Style composition in action research publication: a critical analysis of leading information systems journals
Document type
Working Paper
Author(s)
Chiasson, Mike
Publisher
AIM Research
Date of publication
1 June 2010
Series
AIM Research Working Papers
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

This item is only available to registered users

Register now or Log in

Your use of this content is subject to the terms and conditions of this portal

Examining action research publications in leading Information Systems (IS) journals as a particular genre of research communication, this paper develops the notion of style composition to understand how authors structure arguments for contribution. The paper defines style composition as the activity through which action researchers select, emphasize, and present elements of their research practices to establish premises, develop inferences, and present conclusions in publications. While each publication is unique and leverages the underlying research practices in different ways, the paper identifies distinct styles that authors use to compose their argument. Premise styles relate to the dual goals of action research through practical or theoretical positioning of the argument; inference styles combine insights from the problem-solving and the research cycles through inductive or deductive reasoning; and, conclusion styles focus on different types of contributions—from-the-trenches, field study, framework development, problem-solving method, and research method. Drawing on the considered publication sample, the paper analyses the styles adopted in select publications, shows authors have favored certain styles while leaving others underexplored, and reveals important strengths and weaknesses in composition of styles. Based on these insights, the paper discusses how to further develop action research practices and writing as an important approach to engaged scholarship within the IS discipline.

Related to Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business

UK research and development roadmap

Downloadable report on the UK Research and Development roadmap

UK research and development roadmap summary survey responses

Downloadable document on the UK Research and Development roadmap survey

The post office horizon IT inquiry: call for evidence

Downloadable call for evidence on the Post Office IT Inquiry

Response to the CMA'S market study into online platforms and digital advertising 2020

Downloadable Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) market study into online platforms and digital advertising

More items related to this subject