Communications of the Association for Information Systems

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"But Is It MIS?"


From the perspective of a doctoral student, there are several inferences to be made from the "Is it MIS?" question. First are inferences pertaining to the nature of MIS as a system (or set of systems) focusing on issues including purpose and boundary. Second are inferences about the role and responsibilities of the individual researcher relative to the MIS community. Third are inferences about science and the nature of inquiry. This dimension considered, even if it is MIS, does it support MIS as a worthy component of a larger world of inquiry. This article addresses these issues and concludes with some thoughts about Gary Dickson's contribution through this and similar questions on the MIS field.