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The Fly in the Soup: A Critical Realism Perspective on the Role of the Engaged Researcher
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics. NU-Hospital Group, Department of Planning & Development, Trollhättan (SWE). (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0493-8974
Reykjavik University, Department of Computer Science, Reykjavik (ISL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4563-0001
University of Gothenburg, Department of Applied IT, Gothenburg (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6636-055X
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1390-8379
2021 (English)In: Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development 2021: Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development (STPIS 2021)Virtual conference in Trento, Italy, October 11-12, 2021. / [ed] Peter Bednar, Alexander Nolte, Mikko Rajanen, Anna Sigridur Islind, Helena Vallo Hult, Fatema Zaghloul, Aurelio Ravarini, Alessio Maria Braccini, 2021, p. 178-188Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Information Systems (IS) research and practice are constantly facing increasingly complex challenges through the design and development of new technology. The new technology is being researched through continuous engagement. This accentuates the importance of sociotechnical, engaged research through a critical view. However, the role of the researcher, and the engagement in research projects, is less researched. Taking a 'critical' view means to study the underlying mechanisms behind the observable, to understand change, and in this paper, we apply such a view to studying the changes in the researchers' role. This paper is based on the experience from four qualitative research projects, where we have studied four different public organizations and the technology-induced change of the professionals in these organizations.The four cases are conducted in Sweden and based on engaged research methods; an approach that draws on the perspectives of key stakeholders in a real-world problem situation to develop knowledge that might help address it. The underlying knowledge interest in this paper is understanding the driving forces behind engaged research, such as action research, how such research really is conducted and what the action entails and to shed light on some of the difficulties of engaged research while also discussing the complexity of the role. The research question is: what does the role of researchers in engaged research include over time? The main contribution is outlined in an in-depth understanding of the role of an engaged researcher whichis illustrated through four main 'trade offs' within the role.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. p. 178-188
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CEUR Workshops Proceedings, E-ISSN 1613-0073
Keywords [en]
Action Research, Engaged Scholarship, Critical realism, Socio-technical role.
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85120990206OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18001DiVA, id: diva2:1624999
Conference
7th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development (STPIS 2021)Virtual conference in Trento, Italy, October 11-12, 2021.
Available from: 2022-01-05 Created: 2022-01-05 Last updated: 2022-04-22Bibliographically approved

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