Business Information Systems Cluster seminar paper: Guy Gable
Weber (2003) implores us “to understand, to evaluate, and to see the interrelationships among the deep assumptions that underlie our [research].” Appropriately formulated ‘level of analysis’ is a fundamental precondition of, or compositional element of sound theory which often goes unattended. Two other such ‘deep assumptions’ in theorising are ‘disciplinary views’, and ‘research domains’, inattention to which too can have profound implications. Grounded in analysis of published IS research, we reveal how these three underlying research assumptions can shape, facilitate, and reinforce one another. Findings affirm the central role of the often taken-for-granted level of analysis in research design, suggesting important methodological guidance. We observe how myopically adopting convenient or common levels of analysis may unintentionally introduce constraints on research design; researchers consequently blinkered from novel, potentially paradigm-shifting possibilities. We explicate how closer attention to level of analysis can facilitate conscious and proactive thinking about research design towards a deeper understanding. Weber, R. 2003. “Editor's Comments: the Reflexive Researcher,” MIS Quarterly (27:4), pp. v–xiv
Guy Gable is Professor and Academic Director Research in the Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia; where he heads their ‘Research Systems’ research program. He is Senior Editor Journal of Strategic Information Systems (since 2003), and has served on the editorial boards of MISQ, JAIS, EJIS and others.
Dr Gable is a Charter Member of Association for Information Systems (AIS), has held a range of AIS roles, and has been highly active in the main regional conference ‘Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems’ having held 5 major chairs (2013 recipient of the ‘PACIS Plaque of Appreciation’ for lifetime contribution). He is next Junior Faculty Consortium co-Chair ICIS’14 (Auckland), Doctoral Consortium co-Chair PACIS’16 (Taiwan), and Doctoral Consortium co-Chair ICIS’17 (Seoul). Main research interests include Research Methods, IT Evaluation, and increasingly Design Science. His PhD is from University of Bradford, England (ICIS’91, 1STprize) and his MBA from Ivey Business School, Canada.
He has over 100 refereed publications (e.g. Management Science, Journal of the AIS, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information & Management, European Journal of Information Systems).
Professor Gable has been highly active in Asia. He is Adjunct Professor Renmin University of China (RENMIN) and Senior Visiting Professor of Xi’an Jiaotong University’s (XI’AN) Next Generation Management and Innovation Research Center.
He was Visiting Professor at The University of Hong Kong 2002-2007 (1 mon/yr). Before joining QUT, he was Senior Fellow at National University of Singapore (1986-1994). He has been 1st Chief Investigator on a series of successful Australian Research Council (ARC) grant applications totalling several million $AUD; most recently an ARC Discovery and ARC Linkage 2012-2014 (totalling AUD$1M) in collaboration with RENMIN and XI’AN, Georgia State University and Victory University of Wellington.