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Wilde, Thomas and Hess, Thomas ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3969-7477 (2007): Forschungsmethoden der Wirtschaftsinformatik. Eine empirische Untersuchung. In: Wirtschaftsinformatik, Vol. 49, No. 4: pp. 280-287

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The german-speaking IS community sees itself as a methodological pluralist discipline. With respect to recent debates (e.g. on rigor versus relevance) an exact knowledge of its methodological profile becomes increasingly important. This contribution presents the findings of a content analysis of 300 articles published in the journal WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK in the last ten years. As one result, the study identified six major methods of the german-speaking IS community: argumentative, conceptional and formal deductive research, prototyping, case studies and quantitative cross sectional studies. It could also be shown, that the methodological profile continually changed during the last ten years. The article also compares its findings with the current methodological profile of the anglo-american IS community based on a secondary data analysis.

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