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What Do We Really Mean by Rigor in Information Systems Research? (2022)


Soliman, W., & Siponen, M. (2022). What Do We Really Mean by Rigor in Information Systems Research?. In Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2022) (pp. 6583-6592). University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. https://doi.org/10.24251/HICSS.2022.797


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All authors or editorsSoliman, Wael; Siponen, Mikko

Parent publicationProceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2022)

Conference:

  • Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

Place and date of conferenceMaui, HI, USA3.-7.1.2022

eISBN978-0-9981331-5-7

Journal or seriesProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

ISSN1530-1605

eISSN2572-6862

Publication year2022

Pages range6583-6592

PublisherUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.24251/HICSS.2022.797

Persistent website addresshttp://hdl.handle.net/10125/80137

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79382


Abstract

The term “rigor” entered the information systems (IS) vernacular nearly four decades ago to reflect an ideal that would help transform IS into a coherent research field. Today, rigor is often both claimed and demanded by IS authors as evidence for the worthiness of research. However, it seems that we, as an IS community, lack both a shared understanding of what this ideal represents or what qualifies as attaining this ideal. In this paper, we analyze the usage of the term “rigor” in four leading IS journals, aiming to grasp some of its meanings within the IS community. The findings reveal that “rigor” in IS has multiple meanings, denotes a variety of referents, and is used for various purposes. Yet, even if the exact meaning of rigor is unclear or ambiguous, many IS researchers are dissatisfied with the current level of rigor and demand more. In contrast, we argue that our research endeavors could benefit from relaxing, rather than intensifying, the need for rigor.


Keywordsdata systemsconcepts (notions)definitions


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Reporting Year2022

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