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 thematise 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
Title of host publication24th Bled eConference - eFuture: Creating Solutions for the Individual, Organisations and Society, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationJune 12-15, 2011, Bled, Slovenia
PublisherBled eCommerce Conference
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventBled Electronic Commerce Conference 2011 - Bled, Slovenia
Duration: 12 Jun 201115 Jun 2011
Conference number: 24th


ConferenceBled Electronic Commerce Conference 2011
Abbreviated titleBECC 2011


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

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