The implications of a critical agenda in gender and IS research

Debra Howcroft, Eileen M. Trauth

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This paper explores the nature of the critical agenda and endeavours to advance the critical debate by considering a particular case in point: gender and information systems (IS) research. It does so by drawing upon Chua's classic framework of outlining philosophical assumptions underpinning research and also by building upon prior work of the authors on the interconnections amongst research topic, epistemology and methodology. Specifically, it presents an argument for the benefits of adopting a critical perspective when studying gender and IS research, illustrating the additional insights that can be generated. These benefits and insights can also be mined from other areas of IS research. © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-202
Number of pages17
JournalInformation Systems Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


  • Critical research
  • Gender and IT
  • Women and technology


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