HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal. There is a generic ability of critical realism to address issues seen as concerns for ICT4D research. Applying critical realism in qualitative research: Methodology meets method. One standard is an expectation of engagement with paradigms (eg, Nielsen & Sahay, 2015; Walsham, Robey, & Sahay, 2007). ‡‡ Molecular Logic and Computational Synthetic Biology. Indeed, proponents of critical realism have long argued that the logical coherence of scientific inquiry is enhanced by clarification of its philosophical foundations (Danermark et al. ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. Epistemologically, CR provides principles that can be applied by researchers developing theoretical explanations about phenomena in the world. He has a PhD in Indian IT industry development, directs the MSc programme in ICTs for Development, and runs the ICT for Development blog: http://ict4dblog.wordpress.com. At a basic level, the emancipatory impulses of critical realism resonate with the ideas of ethics, and critical realism would thus be supportive of work on ICT4D and ethics. The reason for this is simple. In Section 2 of the paper, we outline the main features of critical realism. Social structures underlie and create the mechanisms within the domain of the real. We sincerely hope that this body of thoughtful scholarship will help future researchers use critical realism in new, appropriate, and creative ways to address the important factors, problems, and trends in health and nursing. We can understand this as a rolling iteration between structure and agency, between the real and the actual. Methodologies are research approaches through which theories find praxis; they ‘structure and rationalize epistemic concepts for investigative purposes’ (Lipscomb 2008, 33). An earlier version of this paper was published in the proceedings of the IFIP WG9.4 2017 conference “ICTs for Promoting Social Harmony: Towards a Sustainable Information Society” as Heeks R., Wall P.J. Hurrell, S. A. Combining Pragmatism and Critical Realism in ICT4D Research: An e-Resilience Case Example. There are certainly arguments, beyond use of any specific approach, about the general value of recognising the paradigm we use in our research: all researchers make implicit assumptions about the nature of the world they research, and being explicit about those by tying them to a research paradigm can help expose assumptions and improve consistency and validity of their work (Myers, 1997). We can identify two further values that the contextualist ontology of critical realism brings to the current state of ICT4D research (see also the paper by Smith in this special issue). Conference tracks or journal special issues dealing with critical/political perspectives on ICT4D (eg, Andrade & Urquhart. There is much less discussion of research philosophy in the other main cognate discipline of ICT4D—development studies—and little or no explicit discussion of critical realism (Heeks & Wall, 2017). realism definition: 1. a way of thinking and acting based on facts and what is possible, rather than on hopes for…. His main research interests are B2B markets and marketing, organisational and managerial behaviour, strategic practices, critical realism and case teaching methods. 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As an ICT4D example, Alao, Lwoga, and Chigona (2017) use an interpretive approach to understand how telecentre use impacts empowerment of women in South Africa. Such a `constant conjunction' of event… 2006; Lipscomb 2010). 2002). This has likely arisen to reflect the growing role of ICTs in politics in developing countries (eg, Breuer & Welp, By continuing to browse this site, you agree to its use of cookies as described in our, orcid.org/http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4551-2208, orcid.org/http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5859-4425, I have read and accept the Wiley Online Library Terms and Conditions of Use, Critical realism, research techniques, and research designs, Studying organizations using critical realism: A practical guide, Telecentres use in rural communities and women empowerment: case of Western Cape, Information and communication technologies for development: ICT4D 2017, How should technology‐mediated organizational change be explained? The four modes of reasoning used most in social research are induction, deduction, abduction, and In each part I give examples and show that mixed-methods research has good potential in conjunction with realist underpinnings. Alongside the general value of explicit use of any research paradigm, we argue two particular types of value of critical realism for ICT4D research. The congruence of critical realism can therefore be argued, given its fit with at least these main goals of development. The focus on critical realism was a useful adjunct for my own research and I would have no hesitation in recommending this to students also interested in taking a critical realism approach to qualitative research projects. In this chapter I list and describe various innovative methodological contributions made in recent years by realists. (Granberg, 1976:1)” ABSTRACT The aim of the paper is to indicate a metatheoretical perspective on interdisciplinary research which includes some important ontological assumptions and … Keywords: IS Research Methods; Critical Realism; Methodology; Mixed Methods; Qualitative and Quantitative Research. Such a combination enables the utilisation of various theoretical frames within ICT4D; frames that themselves integrate common mechanisms with contextual difference. The underlying, intransitive structures and mechanisms of the real domain cannot therefore be directly experienced; hence, they cannot be directly measured by research (Danermark, Ekstrom, Jakobsen, & Karlsson, 2002). Squares A and B appear to be different colours because of neighbouring contrasting squares, but actually they are the same colour. But at a deeper level, one might argue that the foundations of rights, ethics, and justice in the ICT4D field lie within the structures of society: that these all derive from and are largely determined by social structures (Heeks & Renken, 2018). And it supports the “ethical turn” in ICT4D: seeking the outcome of a more just and equitable society and necessitating investigation of the social structures that underpin rights, ethics, and justice. Furthermore, critical realists accept the possibility of complex causality, meaning that mechanisms do not always play out as the same actual events or empirically observable experiences (Bergene 2007; Clark et al. Illustration of direct realism and critical realism[3] Critical realists, on … His research interests are data‐intensive development, e‐resilience and e‐sustainability, digital development, and the digital economy in developing countries. This is the position of philosophical realism: the view that whatever we perceive is real, truly out there. There is little overt engagement with research paradigms in ICT4D research, but what there is shows a dominance of positivism and interpretivism. It therefore means moving back across the domains from the empirical via the actual to the real and represents the way by which the domains are connected within active research. Quantitative 6. Our account of critical realism could not cover all aspects in depth: readers may refer to the extensive literature on critical realism if they need to understand the many details, debates, and developments of this philosophy. They assume that empowerment is a subjective phenomenon, understood through the meaning that individual women ascribe to it. Critical Realism and Qualitative Research: An Introductory Overview. Critical realism: An important theoretical perspective for midwifery research. Critical realism research paradigm – key features and relevance to human rights and social determinants of health. Learn more. It triangulates: reducing the bias of individual ICT4D respondents, researchers, or methods. Please check your email for instructions on resetting your password. It justifies the study of any situation, regardless of the numbers of research units involved, but only if the process involves thoughtful in depth research with Number of times cited according to CrossRef: What works, for whom and under what circumstances? Alongside this epistemological criticism about knowledge formation were deeper ontological challenges to positivism that argued against the existence of any objective reality. 2006) and methods (Lipscomb 2008). Critical realism is not an empirical program; it is not a methodology; it is not even truly a theory, because it explains nothing. Three methodological features of critical realism will be identified here: iterative retroduction, pluralism, and reflexivity. Fletcher, A. J . INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND CRITICAL REALISM – THE EXAMPLE OF DISABILITY RESEARCH Interdisciplinary research and its problem is an issue which is characterised by conceptual unclearness and mess. Some academic disciplines lend themselves to theorisation and abstraction. Critical Realism (CR) is a philosophy of science that is based around a number of ontological principles. In simple terms, we can trace a historical development within social science that begins with positivism. Axiology: what the paradigm does and does not value in research. Critical realism adopts a three‐level “stratified ontology,” as summarised in Figure 1 (Mingers, 2004a). Naïve realism, also known as direct realism, is a philosophy of mind rooted in a common sense theory of perception that claims that the senses provide us with direct awareness of the external world. New node 7. But impossible to full apprehend this reality 6.1. §§ Explaining human change: On generative mechanisms in social work practice, Critical realism, sociology and health inequalities: Social class as a generative mechanism and its media of enactment, Beyond meaning, discourse and the empirical world: Critical realist reflections on health. Special Issue: Critical Realism and ICT4D. But it struggles to deal with the other biases. Critical realism and realist research in human geography: A method or a philosophy in search of a method? Critical Realism ist eine wissenschaftsphilosophische Metatheorie der Natur-und der Sozialwissenschaften und ein daraus resultierender wissenschaftstheoretischer Ansatz, der in den 1970er Jahren von Roy Bhaskar entwickelt wurde. An example of an optical illusion below can be used to illustrate the difference between direct and critical realism. But a broader solution—and arguably a necessary foundation for any theoretical accommodation of structure and agency—would be to employ a research paradigm that allows a role for both structure and agency. They assume that key factors in the study such as level and nature of ICT use, gender, social influence, and contextual enablers have an objective and quantifiable reality. One thread of this critique can be seen as coalescing around an alternative paradigm: interpretivism, which takes “the view that ‘reality’ is not objective and exterior, but is socially constructed and given meaning by people in their daily interactions with others … [it] focuses on the ways that people make sense of the world especially through sharing their experiences with others via the medium of language.” (Easterby‐Smith et al., 2015, p. 52). Yet all ICT4D research is underpinned and shaped by a particular paradigm, even if the researchers themselves have not made that explicit. These limitations were recognised many years ago within the overall domain of social science. Critical realism in case study research Geoff Easton⁎ Department of Marketing, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YX, United Kingdom article info abstract Article history: Received 1 As well as helping improve an individual ICT4D project or publication, this can have a broader value: “explicit recognition of research philosophies can help researchers' self‐development, their capacity to analyze the work of themselves and others, and the academic credibility of a research field” (Heeks & Bailur, 2007, p. 252). 2002). The full text of this article hosted at iucr.org is unavailable due to technical difficulties. Three Modes of Reality 8.1. One outcome—among others—was a revisiting of the realist paradigm, and its development into a particular body of philosophical thought that has come to be known as “critical realism” (eg, Bhaskar, 1975; Bhaskar, 1979). Within the domain of the empirical sit human experiences and observations of the events generated within the actual. Not to say that critical realism has been completely ignored in ICT4D (eg, Njihia & Merali, 2013), but it has been almost completely ignored. From this outlook, critical realism contrasts itself to positivism's notions of value‐free research in two ways. But impossible to full While much talk of the promise of critical realism as an applied ontology continues, too often the tenets of critical realism are not clearly transferred into methods. 9) Critical realism takes a pluralistic approach to research methods. It asks for reflexivity: pressing the ICT4D researcher for deeper insights into their work. and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account. 2008) and can form the basis for critical examination of past research (Angus et al. He says that world poses two reality i.e. Hence, for example, it can be seen as specifically compatible with action research (Ackroyd & Karlsson, 2014) of which one can find a number of examples within the ICT4D field (Chepken, Mugwanya, Blake, & Marsden, 2012). “Although realism in some form or other is the tacit philosophy of many working scientists, and is endorsed by the majority of professional philosophers of science, it does not figure prominently in methodological discussions and research practice in the social sciences.” Haig and Evers, Realist Inquiry in Social Science (2016, p. ix). From the turn of the 21st century, there has been an ever‐growing body of research and publication looking at the role of information and communication technologies in socio‐economic development (ICT4D). International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20(2), 181-194. And it seeks progressive social change: supporting ICT4D's intervention orientation and its goal of delivering international development. Like interpretivism, its epistemology recognises observation and research to be value laden: shaped by experience and context. For example, interpretations of critical realism can underpin variations of ethnography and grounded theory. Critical realism and critical theory: Following on from this, it can be reasonably suggested that critical realism and critical theories of society are very often the subject of common association and, given the emancipatory research intentions present in both, this is not without foundation. Alongside the methodological requirement for triangulation of multiple perspectives, critical realism therefore facilitates use of stakeholder theory in ICT4D research (and use of stakeholder analysis in ICT4D practice), something which has been advocated as a means to provide greater insights into the trajectories of ICT4D projects (Bailur, 2006). Critical Realism by Andrew Withell 1. Data justice for development: What would it mean? Epistemological Dimension is Transitive 5. It encompasses difference: reflecting the contingent and contextualised link between cause and effect seen in ICT4D practice and legitimising the views of different stakeholders on ICT4D phenomena. Hence, we find examples of explicitly critical realist research on issues of power and politics (eg, Faria, 2004; Patomaki, 2002; Wigger & Horn, 2016). An example ICT4D‐related mechanism would be an information infrastructure of technology and people in a country that attracts digital service providers, who create new services and thus attract more users, thereby strengthening the information infrastructure and creating a virtuous circle (Bygstad & Munkvold, 2011). Importantly, for nursing and health sciences research, although generative mechanisms are embedded within social structures and are contextually contingent, they always work through people’s actions (Moren and Blom 2003). Critical realism: A way forward for evaluation research in nursing? For example, the absence of disabled programmers at a hackathon as a result of mechanisms of exclusion of the disabled from ICT‐related capabilities and/or structures. Knowledge mobilization of human–computer interaction for development research: core issues and domain questions. Both positivism and critical realism address this, but critical realism has an arguable additional value because its iterative retroduction forces ongoing contemplation and critique of the relation between causes and effects. The open systems view taken by critical realism is one that does not provide for causal mechanisms that operate in the same way at all times and in all contexts, but it does develop an understanding of causality. This is a familiar problem, found in social science generally (Layder, 1985) as well as arising within ICT4D and related fields (Heeks & Renken, 2018). Interpretivism seeks to address respondent and researcher bias by embracing them as integral to its worldview. It is, rather, a meta-theoretical position: a reflexive philosophical stance concerned with providing a philosophically … 6—PART I A REALIST STANCE FOR QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Campbell (2002) argued that “all scientists are epistemological constructivists and relativists” in the sense that they believe that both the ontological world and the worlds of ideology, values, etc. But alongside this generic value of adopting any research paradigm, critical realism may have a particular current value in ICT4D. Epistemological Dimension is Transitive 5. We concisely review the main features of critical realism: its ontological realism combined with epistemological relativism; its iterative, pluralist, and reflexive methodology; and its emancipatory values. use the term “critical realism” in a broad sense to include a range of positions incorporat-ing this view, including Bhaskar’s. So far, our explanation has been more realist than critical. Toward Behavioral Transaction Cost Economics. While the majority of scholars in IR probably do support a mixed methods approach, the justification for this is often not explicitly made (see Helen Louise Turton’s post ‘International Relations is not an American Discipline (Well, Maybe it is a Little)’ on The Disorder of Things ). The strengths of critical realism is often described in contrast to the paradigms of positivism and interpretivism. These authors identify flaws in thinking that can potentially be embedded in methods but do not themselves provide a prescription for methods. [Critical Realism is] a very important model for peace research and for social campaigns in general. Within the domain of the actual sit events: “specific happenings resulting from causal mechanisms being enacted in some social and physical structure within a particular … context” (Williams & Karahanna, 2013, p. 939). †††† The influence of culture, structure, and human agency on interprofessional learning in a neurosurgical practice learning setting: a case study. The first form, coined as “basic” critical realism, is a philosophical thesis consisting of three interrelated theories that offer a re-evaluation of the sciences and through this a robust social theory applicable to educational research. If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, your email address may not be registered, As the “4D” element directly indicates, it is seeking to achieve progressive social change, seeking to deliver specific development goals. Critical realism can help address these contextual issues: it requires an investigation of context because context is represented by the domain of the real. Efforts to understand complex outcomes, trends, or issues must consistently address how much complexity is too much complexity given the constraints of what is currently possible, feasible, and acceptable. The second timely value of critical realism is its relevance to what we might call the “political turn” in ICT4D. Equally, following good practice in any research paradigm can go a long way to addressing shortcomings in research rigour. Enter your email address below and we will send you your username, If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username, By continuing to browse this site, you agree to its use of cookies as described in our, I have read and accept the Wiley Online Library Terms and Conditions of Use, Studying delays in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment: Critical realism as a new foundation for inquiry, Structure, agency and the internal conversation, Toward a critical realist comparative methodology: Context‐sensitive theoretical comparison, Complex critical realism: Tenets and application in nursing research, What type of heart failure program is best? Conversely, lack of engagement with context is a criticism of some ICT4D research and practice (Dodson, Sterling, & Bennett, 2013; Turpin & Alexander, 2013). Because CR principles are usually used to underpin the developmen… Messages from Space: An Exploration of the Relationship between Hospital Birth Environments and Midwifery Practice. Identifying Generative Mechanisms in a Mobile Health (mHealth) Project in Sierra Leone: A Critical Realist Framework for Retroduction. Abstract: Different methodological tendencies within the field of disability research are described, and the reductionism implicit in the historically dominant models is critiqued. Then, it shows how they deal with the various aspects of the Judging from the number of ICT4D‐relevant special issue calls in high‐ranking information systems journals from 2010 onwards, there is growing interest in ICT4D from at least this broader discipline. Given the relative absence of explicit critical realism in ICT4D research, and the lack of discussion about research philosophy, we perceived a knowledge gap. Critical realists offer a set of philosophical underpinnings for social research. Chapter 1 What Is Realism, and Why Should Qualitative Researchers Care? This is in some ways the opposite of retroduction since it starts in the real and then seeks to match proposed mechanisms to what is observed in the empirical. New conceptualizations built on philosophical foundations can offer fresh lenses that enhance capacity to understand facets of a problem. Direct realists would state that squares A and B have different colours, because this is what they see. Given the transitive (ie, variable and uncertain) relation between the empirical and the actual, critical realism requires pluralism of methods in order to improve the validity of insights into events (and, hence, into underlying mechanisms) (Downward & Mearman, 2007). Both political analysis and calls for more political analysis relating to ICT4D generally (Andrade & Urquhart. 1, pp. Because the empirical is subject to the influence of context, then data gathered will be value laden. and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account. Critical realism, unlike other research paradigms, has particular features that facilitate political research. The generative mechanisms of digital infrastructure evolution, The philosophy of social research, 3rd edn, Conducting information systems research: an epistemological journey, Information systems research methods, epistemology, and applications. Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. In: The SAGE Handbook of ... Show page numbers . Rejecting methodological individualism as naive and reductionist allows CR to encompass complex emergence as a real entity in a realistic account of causation (Byrne, 1998). Many of these challenges reflect the relative shortage of detailed and clear application of critical realism to health and social issues. It’s not an illusion, or “all in our minds.” In: Choudrie J., Islam M., Wahid F., Bass J., Priyatma J. The domain of the actual also includes non‐events: things that do not happen as a result of underlying mechanisms. Different observers will give different accounts of events depending on, for example, their own historical experiences and their own position within social structures (Dobson, 2001). This article explores the ontological and epistemological tenets of critical realism and examines the applic … It starts with a characterization of positivism, Interpretivism and realism; and links these theories to the foundation of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Archer at al (2016) reads as a manifesto for critical realism. Learn about our remote access options. With the publication of papers in this edition – and in future editions, as we were fortunate to have attracted so many fine submissions for this special edition – will begin to correct that application shortage. These understandings can in turn be used to problematize past research questions (Clark and Thompson 2010) and generate new directions for research based on richer conceptualization (Angus et al. It’s also very important for projects of democratization [making things democratic] and indeed all the social projects which involve Critical realism offers an ontology that can conceptualize reality, support theorizing, and guide empirical work in the natural and human sciences. If it is to achieve greater maturity and academic recognition—for example, among its cognate disciplines such as information systems and development studies—then there will need to be greater attention to, and use of, research paradigms. 56-64. There is also a current value to ICT4D as a research subdiscipline. †† Examples include commissioning of further special issues and conference tracks; training and development activities for researchers such as workshops; methodological papers such as others in this special issue explaining how to operationalise critical realism in ICT4D research; and pressure from conference chairs, editors, and reviewers for more explicit incorporation of research paradigms within the methodology sections of papers. One of the most explicit explanations has come from Archer (1995) and the notion of morphogenesis, a cycle of three phases: “(a) the existing structure that shapes but does not determine actions that are about to take place; (b) social interaction, which in turn leads to; (c) structural elaboration that either changes [‘morphogenesis’] or reproduces [‘morphostasis’] the social structure” (Ram, Edwards, Jones, Kiselinchev, & Muchenje, 2014, p. 465). This in turn perpetuates the lack of culture and capabilities. For an ICT4D‐oriented application of retrodiction, see Heeks and Ospina (2018). Realist Methodology: A Review Critical realists offer a set of philosophical underpinnings for social research. And this will also be true of the research process itself. Learn more. Our knowledge of the world is mediated by discourses available to us 8. Belief that an independent reality exists 4. He has published in Industrial Marketing Management, the There is work that claims to show a causal link—for example, relating ICTs and poverty alleviation, or ICTs and economic growth—but investigation reveals it often confuses correlation with causality (Steyn, 2013). 2008; Lipscomb 2010). Critical realism is a philosophical theory of reality and human knowledge. For example, in providing a third way that can address the “frequent clashes” between positivist and interpretivist paradigms within the subdiscipline (Burrell & Toyama, 2009, p. 89). The philosopher David Hume described a sceptical and empirically reductionist theory of causation in the 18th century, which has until now been the dominant empiricist viewpoint. PJ Wall is with the ADAPT Centre (www.adaptcentre.ie) in the School of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin. After an introduction which suggests the purpose of CR research is to discover the operation of social mechanisms and for this reason researchers are eclectic when it comes to research techniques, it is argued that, nonetheless, a small number of research designs are favoured for CR research. Clear examples and definition of Realism. Epistemology: what the paradigm understands about how we construct and evaluate knowledge about that reality. Please note that some file types are incompatible with some mobile and tablet devices. It contrasts with the determinism of positivism (and its logical impossibility of denying the politics of research and observation while researching politics) and interpretivism's struggles to recognise social structure or the way in which power constitutes beliefs (Bevir & Rhodes, 2005; Torgerson, 1986). It takes an open systems view of the world in which multiple mechanisms intersect, thus creating a “contingent causality” that is context dependent (Smith, 2010). Putting Critical Realism to Work in Business Relationship Research Abstract Within the IMP, Critical Realism is emerging as a philosophical position of choice for the study of business relationships as evidenced by the growing number of papers which purport to take this position. Social structures operate at many sites and levels, and events experienced at the individual level may be the culmination of numerous, perhaps even countervailing, extralocal influences (Scambler 2001). Number of times cited according to CrossRef: Clarifying Key Terms and Philosophical Foundations of Transaction Cost Economics. Data triangulation is most often operationalised by gathering data from different stakeholders, thus allowing for multiple perspectives and intersubjective insights into the events of the actual. Instead, it will help explain the mechanisms by which ICTs alleviate poverty in some circumstances but, equally, help analyse why these mechanisms in other cases do not operate. For example, it is argued that the tenets of critical realism offer a strong platform for mixed method research (Lipscomb 2008) and comparative case study (Bergene 2007). In this paper, we explore the value of a “third way” research paradigm: critical realism. It forces that involvement with ICT4D context to focus on what is present—relations, systems, ideas, and resources—rather than conceiving development contexts solely in terms of lack or absence (Njihia & Merali, 2013). Thus, any experience is shaped by the context of that experience: it is not objective but is contingent and transient. His interest is in understanding ICT, and specifically mHealth, adoption, and use from a variety of critical realist and interpretivist ontological perspectives. ‘Metatheory, Interdisciplinarity and Disability Research: A Critical Realist Perspective’, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 8: 4, pp 278 – 297. Emancipatory Social Practice. It represents a combination of views that contrast with those associated with traditional positivist and interpretivist positions [ 19 , 20 , 21 ]. You’re looking at a computer screen. It engages with underlying structure: helping to expose causal mechanisms and, for example, facilitating use of theoretical frames that connect ICTs to development impact. This is particularly timely because of its relevance to what we might call the “ethical turn” in ICT4D. Enter your email address below and we will send you your username, If the address matches an existing account you will receive an email with instructions to retrieve your username. Thus, in the face of such perils, critical realist philosophy has borne new and alternative ways of seeing, questioning, and researching (Pawson and Tilley 1997; Sayer 2000). Other research paradigms can encompass context but only within critical realism is it an integral and required component (Ram et al., 2014). There is therefore a danger that critical realism might be seen as structuralist: focusing on social structures as explanations and ignoring or downplaying the role of human agency. This article provides a concrete example of applied qualitative research using CR as a philosophical and methodological framework. Wrong question, wrong assumption, Critical realism and health promotion: Effective practice needs an effective theory, Realism in evidence based medicine: Interpreting the randomised controlled trial, Explaining society: Critical realism in the social sciences, On the methodological, theoretical and philosophical context of health inequalities research: A critique, Realism, regularity and social explanation, Mixed method nursing studies: A critical realist critique, Events and event identity: Under‐explored topics in nursing. Qualitative Research (1997, p. 133). In practical terms, for example, there are few supervisors and reviewers who demand use of critical realism, and few supervisors and reviewers who are able to guide and comment on critical realism. Notwithstanding the growing use of Critical Realism, we acknowledge that is not easy ontology to apply. This helps explain features already noted: the relative lack of use of theory and of overt research paradigms within ICT4D research. But what is created also transcends, surpasses, negates, (i.e. Within the domain of the real sit generative mechanisms: “causal structures that generate observable events” (Henfridsson & Bygstad, 2013, p. 911). Critical realism theory Critical Realism (CR) is a philosophy of science that is based around a number of ontological principles. as-intentional-agent with the object of research as a „real‟ thing is what critical realism has been working on for 32 years since this seminal 1975 book. His book publications include India's Software Industry (1996), Reinventing Government in the Information Age (1999), Implementing and Managing eGovernment (2006), ICTs, Climate Change and Development (2012); and Information and Communication Technology for Development (2018). Drawing examples from a study … Bringing critical realism to nursing practice: Roy Bhaskar's contribution. The extent and nature of the critical within critical realism is debated (Klein, 2004): for example, it could just mean critique of prior research paradigms. 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