Communications of the Association for Information Systems


The relevance of IS research has long been a hotly debated topic. This article is a living open inquiry about how we may approach the issue of IS research relevance. We observe the nature of the relevance discussion and highlight conceptual distinctions used by the IS community. We raise questions about whether there is an objective truth about IS research relevance. We inquire into the dual nature of concepts in general and its implications for IS research relevance. Finally, we ask if a collective dialogue of a deeper nature can be used to continue this inquiry. It is suggested that an understanding of the issues and questions raised in this meta-inquiry may lie in awareness, insight, and experience rather than in conceptual analysis and hence the implications of the issues should be neither conclusively accepted nor rejected.