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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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I examine the employed research methods of 1,023 article from Information Systems (IS) conferences in order to assess the status quo of the usage of research methods in the IS discipline. Thus, I follow a long tradition of IS researchers who study literature in order to investigate and discuss topics such as diversity, innovativeness, boundaries, and maturity in relation to the discipline’s evolution. To that end, in alignment with previous scholars, I identify a categorization framework and classify all articles manually. My results provide information about the absolute and relative number of employed research methods in three selected years show a clear change of used research methods. I discuss the results in the light of new challenges for the discipline (e.g. BigData, Design Science, private IS usage).

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Aug 16th, 12:00 AM

Research Methods in the Information Systems Discipline: A Literature Analysis of Conference Papers

I examine the employed research methods of 1,023 article from Information Systems (IS) conferences in order to assess the status quo of the usage of research methods in the IS discipline. Thus, I follow a long tradition of IS researchers who study literature in order to investigate and discuss topics such as diversity, innovativeness, boundaries, and maturity in relation to the discipline’s evolution. To that end, in alignment with previous scholars, I identify a categorization framework and classify all articles manually. My results provide information about the absolute and relative number of employed research methods in three selected years show a clear change of used research methods. I discuss the results in the light of new challenges for the discipline (e.g. BigData, Design Science, private IS usage).