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CAPTURING REFLEXIVITY MODES IN IS: A CRITICAL REALIST APPROACH

Abstract : Critical realism is a subject of growing interest in the IS literature. This article aims at implementing a critical realist framework: Margaret Archer's (2003) internal conversation theory. As a contemporary sociologist, Archer suggests both a general vision of social practice and a typology of reflexivity modes. Her multilayered framework could be extremely useful in overcoming a current limitation in IS: the weakness of reflexivity modelling. Indeed, though much research sheds light on the structureaction relationship, it does not illuminate users' biographical realms and reflexivities. In consequence, some genuine motives in ICT-related practices remain poorly understood. To address this deficiency, this article applies Archer's framework to an IS environment through a meta-analysis of interviews. Results partially confirm the relevance of internal conversation theory and its potential added value to the study of ICT-mediated interactions. A further reflexivity mode and possible re-organizations of the Archer framework are also proposed.
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François-Xavier de Vaujany. CAPTURING REFLEXIVITY MODES IN IS: A CRITICAL REALIST APPROACH. Information and Organization, Elsevier, 2008, 8 (1), pp.51-72. ⟨hal-00644416⟩

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