Recently, IS research has been criticized for lacking in rigor and relevance. One reason for this is that IS researchers have a limited exposure to relevant contexts where IT use and behavior of management are involved. Another consideration is the multiplicity of theoretical frameworks and reference disciplines that exist. This paper suggests that considering the law as a much needed reference discipline for IS research can advance rigor and relevance. The body of law that is suggested includes contract, tort, and intellectual property. Some areas of IS research that would be lacking in rigor and relevance should the law not be considered are also identified and discussed.
Mykytyn, Kathleen and Mykytyn, Jr., Peter P., "Relevance in MIS Research: The Need for the Laws as a Reference Discipline" (2000). AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. 277.