Phenomenon-Based Theorizing – where do ideas from phenomenon-driven papers come from? The authors mention personal experience, curious observation, data complication, facilitating conversations and uncovering examples.
Achieving Fit and Avoiding Misfit in Qualitative Research – one of the biggest challenges with qualitative research is connecting the different parts into one coherent whole. The research question must fit with the data collection, which then must fit with the analysis which then should fit with the interpretation.
Bridging Art and Science: Phenomenon-Driven Theorizing – insightful model of how art and science work together to make theories. Conceiving the theory requires discovery and prescience, constructing the theory requires imagination and logic and communicating the theory requires storytelling and scripting.
The nuts and bolts of writing a theory paper: A practical guide to getting started – very useful guide on how to write a paper (even beyond theory papers). It gives actual exercises that one can do to frame the paper and guide its further development.
The Quest for Innovation in Information Systems Research: Recognizing, Stimulating, and Promoting Novel and Useful Knowledge – the article shows the different ways that papers can contribute to research.
- filling a literature gap
- filling a problem gap
- bricolage (rearranging extant knowledge in search of new insights)
- distinguishing between subsets of population
- changing levels of analysis or stakeholders
- extending current models
- examining the evolution of technology and its effects
- applying another theory base
- using different methods
- future-oriented studies
- blue ocean transformation by challenging assumptions
- shifting perspectives