In the course of conducting studies in information systems (IS),
researchers must oftentimes investigate, design, and develop sound
methods or approaches to best conduct their research. While new
theoretical knowledge advancing the field is regarded as of utmost
importance in most IS journals, any new knowledge that is not
demonstrated by a sound use of research method may not be trusted.
Despite their importance, and the fact that journal submissions often
miss out on publication due to methodological flaws, research methods
are sometimes viewed as a sidetrack topic, or as a byproduct of the main
research. Thus, accumulative learning concerning research methods is
often excluded from the journal literature, or restricted to less
accessible venues. Hence, a special issue like this offers a good
opportunity to reflect on and contribute to the state-of-the-art of
qualitative research methods within the IS field.