Until the debate regarding relevance of IS research to practice is resolved, it is instructive to learn from more established disciplines where previous practical experience is accounted for and valued. In teaching hospitals, academia and practice are interrelated and co-exist. Retired high-ranked military officers, are sought for top positions, in business, politics, and academia. Promotion and tenure committees for academic IS departments, wishing to encourage interaction with IS practice, ought not only to recognize practical experience and publications in trade magazines, but also to design open-architecture career paths for smooth transition of IS personnel between industry and academia.
Heart, T., & Pliskin, N. (2001). Making Academic IS Research More Relevant to Industry Via Open-Architecture Models for Career Paths in Academia. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 6, pp-pp. https://doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.00612