Social network analysis (SNA) is a sociological approach for analysing patterns of relationships and interactions between social actors. In this paper, we used SNA to analyse the network of co-authors who published in the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) with the aim of developing an understanding of the research community that produces the research knowledge within that community. The PACIS community was found to be a healthy small-world community that evolved over the years in order to provide an environment that supports collaboration and sharing of ideas between researchers. Since quite a number of popular performers were identified, the Pacific Asian IS scene is not dominated by a couple of key researchers unlike the situation in Europe as determined by a similar analysis of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). In fact, with a number of popular researchers, the Pacific Asian IS community is very similar to the Australasian IS community for which an analysis was performed on bibliographic data for the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS).
Cheong, France and Corbitt, Brian J., "A SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS OF THE CO-AUTHORSHIP NETWORK OF THE PACIFIC ASIA CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS FROM 1993 TO 2008" (2009). PACIS 2009 Proceedings. 23.