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Abstract

The growing complexity and high rate of change in the technological and business environments, paired with resource constraints faced by educational institutions, make it difficult for IS programs to offer in-depth education across the variety of topics comprising the IS discipline. Specialization may be an effective way for IS educators to provide rigorous education, while incorporating material related to the latest technological and business developments. This opinion essay considers the area of business analysis as one such area of specialization. The essay examines the place of business analysis in IS research and practice, as well as the current state of business analysis coverage in IS curriculum. Recommendations regarding strengthening the area of business analysis are provided, including the creation of a stand-alone business analysis course in IS curriculum, defining business analysis as a specialization area or career track, and strengthening ties with professional associations.

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