Critical Realism and Actor-Network Theory/Deleuzian Thinking: A Critical Comparison in the Area of Information Systems, Technology and Organizational Studies

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Much debate has encircled studies of information systems, technology and organizations with regards to ideas of process, stability and change, performance and materiality. This encapsulates different ways of viewing dualities (e.g. subjective/objective, social/technical, local/global, macro/micro, structure/agency, reality/construction, being/becoming, etc.) as well as alternative ontological and epistemological commitments underlying particular approaches and research perspectives. This paper seeks to explore two specific approaches by focusing on a comparison of Critical Realism (CR) and ANT/Deleuze-inspired forms of inquiry. In particular, we focus on the notion of morphogenesis in order to explore in greater detail how this concept conjures up rather different images in relation to approaches centred around CR and ANT/Deleuze.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond Interpretivism? New encounters with technology and organization
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Information Systems and Organizations, IS & O 2016, Dublin, Ireland, December 9-10, 2016, Proceedings
EditorsLucas Introna, Donncha Kavanagh, Seamas Kelly, Wanda Orlikowski, Susan Scott
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Print)9783319497327
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2016

Publication series

Name IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

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