Critical Discourse Analysis as a Review Methodology: An Empirical Example
Research disciplines and subdisciplines are steeped in epistemological beliefs and theoretical assumptions that guide and constrain research. These beliefs and assumptions both enable scientific inquiry and limit scientific progress. Theory and review papers tend to be a means for reproducing ideological assumptions. However, review papers can also challenge ideological assumptions through critical assessment of taken-for-granted assumptions. Critical review methods are underdeveloped in the management disciplines. The information systems (IS) discipline must do more to improve the critical examination of its scientific discourse. This paper presents a method for systematically conducting critical reviews of IS literature based on Habermasian strains of critical discourse analysis. An empirical example of the method is provided. The empirical example offers a critical review of behavioral information security research with a focus on employees’ security behaviors.
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Citation : Wall, J., Stahl, B. C. and Salam, A. F. (2015) Critical Discourse Analysis as a Review Methodology: An Empirical Example. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 37, Article 11
ISSN : 1529-3181
Research Group : Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
Research Institute : Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)
Peer Reviewed : Yes