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Abstract

Conducting high-quality research is an important role of scholars. New knowledge cannot be discovered without continuous research and development. In the information systems area, however, quite a few people are suspicious of the value of research and particularly the knowledge derived from research and publication in our area. As a senior scholar staying in the arena for more than 30 years, I have seen this kind of debate appeared several times. It may be frustrating for scholars who would like to see immediate contribution of research findings from individual or a group of papers. Nonetheless, we can see substantial increase of our understanding or information technology in organizations in the past several decades.

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