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Doing Sociomateriality Research in Information Systems

Doing Sociomateriality Research in Information Systems Doing Sociomateriality Research in Information Systems Amany Elbanna Royal Holloway University of London Abstract This paper agrees with Mueller et al.'s (2016) view that researchers who want to adopt a sociomaterial approach often find themselves confused regarding research methods. However, it departs from Mueller's et al. suggestion to seek guidance from the structural-functionalist approach of Parsons' and Shils' (1951) General Theory of Action. The paper argues that finding a methodological framework for research following a sociomaterial approach has to be consistent with the philosophy, ontology and roots of this approach and that it is limiting to read the post-human approach of sociomateriality through a structural-functionalist lens. The paper briefly reviews the roots of the sociomaterial approach in sociology and information systems and offers a methodological guidance based on Actor Network Theory (ANT) and post ANT/Feminist lenses. Keywords: Sociomateriality, Actor Network Theory, agential realism, research methodology. ACM Categories: J.4, K.2, K.6.0, K.4.0 Introduction In their paper, Mueller et al. (2016) highlight the methodological uncertainty IS researchers experience when doing research based on the `sociomateriality' thinking. They then offer methodological guidance based on Parsons and Shils' (1951) general theory of action (Parsons and Shils 1951a). I agree with Mueller's et http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGMIS Database: the DATABASE for Advances in Information Systems Association for Computing Machinery

Doing Sociomateriality Research in Information Systems

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2016 by ACM Inc.
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0095-0033
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10.1145/3025099.3025108
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Doing Sociomateriality Research in Information Systems Amany Elbanna Royal Holloway University of London Abstract This paper agrees with Mueller et al.'s (2016) view that researchers who want to adopt a sociomaterial approach often find themselves confused regarding research methods. However, it departs from Mueller's et al. suggestion to seek guidance from the structural-functionalist approach of Parsons' and Shils' (1951) General Theory of Action. The paper argues that finding a methodological framework for research following a sociomaterial approach has to be consistent with the philosophy, ontology and roots of this approach and that it is limiting to read the post-human approach of sociomateriality through a structural-functionalist lens. The paper briefly reviews the roots of the sociomaterial approach in sociology and information systems and offers a methodological guidance based on Actor Network Theory (ANT) and post ANT/Feminist lenses. Keywords: Sociomateriality, Actor Network Theory, agential realism, research methodology. ACM Categories: J.4, K.2, K.6.0, K.4.0 Introduction In their paper, Mueller et al. (2016) highlight the methodological uncertainty IS researchers experience when doing research based on the `sociomateriality' thinking. They then offer methodological guidance based on Parsons and Shils' (1951) general theory of action (Parsons and Shils 1951a). I agree with Mueller's et

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ACM SIGMIS Database: the DATABASE for Advances in Information SystemsAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Dec 13, 2016

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