Communications of the Association for Information Systems


The currently predominant method of counting articles in ranked venues (CARV) to assess one’s academic achievements has had a deleterious impact on the state of the IS field, which points to a need for a paradigm shift. In this rejoinder to Cuellar, Truex, and Takeda’s (2019) article, I extend the scholarly capital model that they propose and comment on its applicability, adoption, and potential misuse. I propose that the model would benefit if it included a new component – practical capital, which comprises three dimensions: knowledge outreach (a scholar’s direct contribution to professional forums), knowledge impact (a scholar’s indirect contribution to professional forums), and community engagement (a scholar’s connections with the non-academic sector). I strongly recommend that the Association for Information Systems accept a formal stewardship role and facilitate further development, testing, and promotion of the scholarly capital model.