To date, as evidenced by the survey presented above, much information systems research reflects a positivistic orientation, a research tradition that has its roots in the natural sciences. An exclusive view is, in our opinion, always only a partial view, and the dominance of positivism, by not acknowledging the legitimacy of other research traditions, has limited what aspects of information systems phenomena we have studied, and how we have studied them. This has implications not only for the development of theory and our understanding of information systems phenomena, but also for the practice of information systems work. The findings of information systems research filter into the practitioner community and are used as prescriptions for action. Restricted research, thus, has far-reaching consequences.