Novice-based data collection methods for the study of IOIS: Practice probes and learning communities

Kai Reimers, Robert B. Johnston, Xunhua Guo, Stefan Klein, Bing Xie, Mingzhi Li

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In response to the increasing influence of practice theory perspectives for studying organisational and inter-organisational information systems, we demonstrate that an important dilemma from this perspective for data collection methods is between authentic access to practices and the ability to thematize knowledge of practices. We propose a promising new approach to this dilemma that uses the learning experiences of novice practitioners to collect data as they are progressively enrolled in the practice, and describe two instantiations of this new approach, practice probes and learning communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-293
Number of pages9
JournalElectronic Markets
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Communities of practice
  • Data collection
  • Embodied knowledge
  • Inter-organisational information systems (IOIS)
  • Practice theory
  • Research methods

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