Let's be Pragmatic: Research in Information Systems with Relevance and Rigor


  • Humberto Caetano Cardoso da Silva Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Alexandre de Oliveira Siqueira Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Jairo Simião Dornelas Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Marcus Augusto Vasconcelos Araújo FBV - DeVry




Pragmatic paradigm, esearch in Information Systems, Mixed methods, Rigor and relevance


Pragmatism can be defined as a doctrine that considers things from a practical point of view. Pragmatism preaches that action and practical relevance should be the key points of scientific research. The pragmatic paradigm has been presented as a paradigmatic alternative of positivism and interpretivism, enabling the solution of inherent problems of dominant paradigms, the positivism and interpretivism. The present article presents, from a bibliographical survey, the pragmatic paradigm, making a comparison with other paradigms, as well as the use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, from a perspective of practical relevance with methodological rigor.


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Author Biographies

Humberto Caetano Cardoso da Silva, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Doutorando em Administração - PROPAD/UFPE
Mestre em Gestão Empresarial - FBV/DeVry

Alexandre de Oliveira Siqueira, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Doutorando em Administração - PROPAD/UFPE
Mestre em Gestão Empresarial - FBV/DeVry

Jairo Simião Dornelas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Doutor em Administração - UFRGS
Professor titular - PROPAD/UFPE

Marcus Augusto Vasconcelos Araújo, FBV - DeVry

Doutor em Administração - PROPAD - UFPE
Professor adjunto - MPGE/FBV - DeVry


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How to Cite

Silva, H. C. C. da, Siqueira, A. de O., Dornelas, J. S., & Araújo, M. A. V. (2017). Let’s be Pragmatic: Research in Information Systems with Relevance and Rigor. ISys - Brazilian Journal of Information Systems, 10(4), 66–79. https://doi.org/10.5753/isys.2017.352



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