Motivated by the continuing anxiety discourse within the IS field and the continuing disrespect IS researchers earn from scholars of other management disciplines, this essay discusses six areas in which IS researchers make unique knowledge contributions to management scholarship. More specifically, this essay suggests that information systems development, information systems adoption, organizational information systems innovation, group level resistance to IT implementations, the business value of IT, and Knowledge Management, among others, are all areas in which IS scholars can claim to contribute uniquely to the management body of knowledge. In so doing, this essay provides six robust arguments for IS scholars to concisely justify their field and research – and to be positive about the work they are doing. Perhaps even more importantly, this essay may motivate IS scholars to allocate their resources to topics that help increase the field’s legitimacy.
Tams, Stefan, "On the Legitimacy of IS as an Independent Discipline: Research that Sets the Field Apart" (2011). SAIS 2011 Proceedings. 11.