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Levy, M., Lanamäki, A., & Hirschheim, R. (2020). Robust A ction Strategies in a Connected but Unequal World: Revisiting American Pragmatism for Social Justice focused Research in Information Systems. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 47, pp-pp.

Robust action strategies in a connected but unequal world : revisiting American pragmatism for social justice focused research in information systems

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Author: Levy, Matt1; Lanamäki, Arto2; Hirschheim, Rudy3
Organizations: 1U.S. Department of Defense
2Interact Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
3Entrepreneurship and Information Systems, Louisiana State University, USA
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Information Systems, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-11-05


In this paper, we elucidate robust action as a research framework for the information systems (IS) field. We contend robust action provides a suitable frame to conduct pragmatist research in IS and can be useful in researching the multi-faceted terrain of social justice. The robust action frame has its roots in pragmatism, and, moreover, given the history of American pragmatism as rooted in social justice, robust action can provide a suitable frame to confront broad-scale issues on a societal scale—a topic that little IS research has examined. We define robust action’s components, illustrate its philosophical rooting in the pragmatist tradition, and show how one can use it.

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Series: Communications of the Association for Information Systems
ISSN: 1529-3181
ISSN-E: 1529-3181
ISSN-L: 1529-3181
Volume: 47
Pages: 113 - 139
DOI: 10.17705/1CAIS.04706
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: Copyright © 2020 by the Association for Information Systems.