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Abstract

This is the first issue of the Pacific Asia Journal of Information Systems (PAJAIS). It also indicates a new era of information systems (IS) research in the region. The development of IS research in Asia Pacific has gone through several stages. Prior to 1990, there were not many research activities in the region. Most schools were teaching-oriented and there was little crosscountry sharing of knowledge. Early milestones that triggered regional development were the publication of the IS Faculty Directory edited by Guy Gable and the First Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) held at National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1993. A few journals targeted at local audience have been launched in different countries. For example, the Journal of Information Management in Taiwan (see Journal Snapshot in this issue) and Australian Journal of Information Systems were published around 1992. Unfortunately, a few attempts to develop a regional journal similar to the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) failed due to lack of publisher reputation or resources.

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