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Re-Conceptualising IS Research: A Mindful Process

Re-Conceptualising IS Research: A Mindful Process
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Author(s): Kay Fielden (Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch270
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Mindfulness is a whole state of being that is not usually linked with academic research. However if we take Denzin and Lincoln’s (2000) first qualitative research phase, which is the consideration of the key role of the researcher in socially-situated research, it soon becomes evident that a mindful researcher is more likely to conduct quality research than one who is not. In this discussion paper the qualities of mindfulness (Fielden, 2005) are explored; Denzin and Lincoln’s (2000) 5-stage qualitative research process is then mapped onto these multiple characteristics of mindfulness; and also onto a timeline for a typical qualitative research process in information systems. The paper concludes with suggestions on how to include mindful practices in research methods and supervision training in information systems.

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