A comment on “is information systems a science?”

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In this paper, we respond to McBride’s (2018) paper on whether information systems is a science. We first argue that information systems is indeed a science in that it draws from and creates knowledge in a form similar to many different disciplines, including psychology, sociology, mathematics, economics, computer science, and engineering. We counter the flawed logic of methodical extremists who believe that their approach represents the best or only path to knowledge. Specifically, we argue that many different methods of inquiry and discovery are appropriate in information systems and that each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number14
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2018


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