Communications of the Association for Information Systems


The information systems (IS) research relevance debate was sparked by concerns that the research community is delivering products that are only sometimes considered useful. Symptoms of the problem include the marketability of IS graduates, our failure to lead industry, the proliferation of journals and conferences with overlapping themes, and a rewards system that is geared towards outputs. Relevance, in my view, is a function of addressing the right problem and packaging the results in a manner suitable for consumption. My recommendations therefore include: identifying the fundamental and applied areas; recognizing our limitations in these areas; providing research summaries; clarifying the research channels by avoiding overlaps in conferences and journals; and altering the rewards and control systems such that they are biased towards contribution to the discipline.





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