Rigour versus Relevance in Information Systems Research in South Africa

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Joshua Chukwuere
Sam Lubbe
Jan Meyer
Rembrandt Klopper


Rigour and relevance division is as a result of many reasons. The gap between the two has promoted debate and argument that has lasted for years. Many believed that IS research is effective and others opposed the argument. Others within or outside the discipline are considering whether IS research output is affecting and impacting decision making in the industry. Meanwhile, the debate on rigour and relevance has lasted for decades but in reality, the debate and the gap still persist, in spite of efforts by researchers. Their efforts and hard-work seems ineffective. The study determined whether the needs of practitioners through rigour and relevance of IS/academic research and also to determine whether this lingering debate over these decades has worth from an academic viewpoint. There is also an on-going criticism that IS research lacks rigour, relevance, effective communication and acceptance in the field as noted in the literature.


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Chukwuere, J., Lubbe, S., Meyer, J., & Klopper, R. (2018). Rigour versus Relevance in Information Systems Research in South Africa. Alternation Journal, 25(1), 31-67. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1069
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Joshua Chukwuere, North West University

Jan Meyer, North West University

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