This is a list of references on critical research. After a brief introduction which suggests those works which are essential reading for newcomers to the field, the list is organized into two parts: the first part lists citations related to the approach in Information Systems, the second lists citations related to the approach in other disciplines. Please note that this list contains a few suggestions only and is not intended to be comprehensive. I encourage you to search Google Scholar, the AIS e-library and/or some other bibliographic database for a more complete and up-to-date list.
Cecez-Kecmanovic, D. "Basic assumptions of the critical research
perspectives in information systems," in: Handbook of Critical Information
Systems Research: Theory and Application, D. Howcroft and E. Trauth
(eds.), Edward Elgar, Aldershot, 2005, pp. 19-46.
Dietz, J.L.G. and Widdershoven, G.A.M. "Speech Acts or
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European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Kluwer Academic Publishers,
Dordrecht, 1991, p. 235-248.
Dietz, J.L.G. and Widdershoven, G.A.M. "A comparison of
the linguistic theories of Searle and Habermas as a basis
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"Power and resistance in the implementation of a medical management
information system," Information Systems Journal (14:4) 2004, pp
Doolin, B., and McLeod, L. "Towards
critical interpretivism in IS research," in: Handbook of Critical
Information Systems Research: Theory and Application, D. Howcroft
and E.M. Trauth (eds.), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2005, pp.
R. and Klein, H. "Realizing Emancipatory Principles in
Information Systems Development: The Case for ETHICS,"
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Klein, H. and Hirschheim, R. "The Application of
Neohumanist Principles in Information Systems
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Kvasny, L., and Keil, M. "The challenges of redressing the digital
divide: a tale of two US cities," Information Systems Journal (16)
2006, pp 23-53.
Kvasny, L., and Richardson, H. "Critical
research in information systems: looking forward, looking back,"
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Lyytinen, K. "Information systems
and critical theory," in Critical Management Studies, M. Alvesson, and
H. Willmott (eds.), Sage Publications, London, 1992, pp. 159180.
Lyytinen, K., and Hirschheim, R. "Information systems as a rational
discourse: an application of Habermas' theory of communicative action,"
Scandinavian Journal of Management Studies
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Lehtinen, E., and Lyytinen, K. "Action based model of
information system," Information Systems (2:4), 1986, pp.
Lyytinen, K. and Ngwenyama, O.K. "What does computer
support for cooperative work mean? A structurational
analysis of computer supported cooperative work,"
Accounting, Management and Information Technologies
(2:1), 1992, pp. 19-37.
Madsen, K.H. "Breakthrough by Breakdown," in
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McGrath, K. "Doing critical research in
information systems: a case of theory and practice not informing each other,"
Information Systems Journal (15) 2005, pp 85-101.
Mingers, J.C. "Towards an Appropriate Social Theory for
Applied Systems Thinking: Critical Social Theory and Soft
Systems Methodology," Journal of Applied Systems
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Murray, F. "Techical rationality and the IS specialist:
Power, discourse and identity," Critical Perspectives
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Myers, M.D. "A disaster for everyone to see: an
interpretive analysis of a failed IS project,"
Accounting, Management and Information Technologies
(4:4), 1994a, pp. 185-201.
Myers, M.D. "Dialectical hermeneutics: a theoretical
framework for the implementation of information systems,"
Information Systems Journal (5:1), 1995, pp. 51-70.
Myers, M.D. "Critical Ethnography in Information
Systems," in: Information Systems and Qualitative Research, A.S. Lee,
J. Liebenau and J.I. DeGross (eds.), Chapman and Hall, London, 1997, pp. 276-300.
Myers, M. D., Klein, H. K., 2011. A Set of Principles for Conducting Critical
Research in Information Systems. MIS Quarterly, 35 (1), 17-36.
Myers, Michael D. And Leslie W. Young. "Hidden Agendas,
Power, and Managerial Assumptions in Information Systems
Development: An Ethnographic Study," Information
Technology & People, (10:3), 1997, pp. 224-240.
Abstract: A number of
researchers have drawn attention to the way in which
information systems development is an inherently
political activity. This paper, using the critical
social theory of Jurgen Habermas, discusses the
development of an information system in mental health.
Using critical ethnography, the authors revealed
otherwise hidden agendas, power, and managerial
assumptions to be deeply embedded in the project. This
study raises broader questions about the extent to which
information systems can be seen as "colonizing
Ngwenyama, O.K. "The
Critical Social Theory Approach to Information Systems:
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O.K. and Lee, A.S. "Communication Richness in Electronic
Mail: Critical Social Theory and the Contextuality of
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Orlikowski, W.J. "Integrated Information Environment or
Matrix of Control? The Contradictory Implications of
Information Technology," Accounting, Management and
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Orlikowski, W.J. & Baroudi, J.J. "Studying Information
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Ravishankar, M.N., Pan, S.L., and Myers, M.D. 2013. "Information Technology Offshoring in India: A Postcolonial Perspective," European Journal of Information Systems (22:4), pp. 387-402.
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the missing paradigm: a review of critical information systems research
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Young, M.-L., Kuo, F.-y., and Myers, M.D. 2012. "To Share or Not to Share: A Critical Research Perspective on Knowledge Management Systems," European Journal of Information Systems (21:5), pp. 496-511.
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Broadbent, J., Laughlin, R. and Read, S. "Recent
Financial and Administrative Changes in the NHS: A
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Feenberg, A. Critical Theory of Technology.
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Forester, John. "Critical ethnography: on field work in
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MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1982.
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