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Liechtenstein Information Systems Seminar: A Case Study of Research on Gender and IS

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Dr. Eileen Trauth


Thursday, October 1st 2015, 14.45 - 16.45
University of Liechtenstein, S7


Dr. Eileen Trauth
Pennsylvania State University, USA

This presentation considers issues, insights and lessons learned about conducting high quality, publishable information systems research. I draw upon my own experiences in conducting and publishing gender research in the information systems field as the basis for consideration of theoretical, epistemological and methodological insights about IS research in general. The purpose in discussing gender research is not so much to focus on the findings of this work. Rather, the purpose is to focus on research issues that have or could arise, the learning from which is applicable to IS research, in general. Both gender research and IS research are action oriented in that the research is driven by real issues and practical problems. The research is conducted into the phenomenon in order to inform actions and interventions. This problem-orientation that drives information systems research also drives gender and IS research. Some lessons learned from gender research that are also relevant to information systems research are: the effect of data type; the choice of epistemology; the role of theory; building on disparate literature; the influence of researcher standpoint; the stakeholder perspective that is privileged in the research; and addressing the rigor vs. relevance conundrum. The insights drawn from experiences with conducting research on gender and IS make a case for increased methodological pluralism. Information systems research, which endeavors to respond to real world problems, needs to have a range of methodological tools available to respond to them. It must also be responsive to business trends and issues that might bring with them challenges for current methods for conducting research. New economic constraints, globalization, social inclusion and innovation are 21st century issues that motivate the research community to overcome resistance to different ideas, methodologies, epistemologies and theories.

Short bio
Dr. Eileen M. Trauth is Professor of Information Sciences & Technology at the Pennsylvania State University where she also holds affiliate appointments in the departments of: Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Management & Organization; International Affairs; and Labor Studies. Dr. Trauth's research is concerned with societal, cultural and organizational influences on the information technology professions with a special focus on gender and social inclusion. She is particularly interested in the linkages among diversity, social inclusion and economic development.

The participation is free of charge.

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