The topic of IS research relevance has been receiving increasing attention from the IS research community. While debate on this topic has been taking place since the inception of the IS field, interest seems to have reached a new plateau recently, with several articles published in leading IS journals addressing issues related to IS research relevance. Among the issues addressed are the possible dichotomy between IS research relevance and rigor, the contribution of IS research to practitioners, and the pros and cons of using research approaches that bridge the gap between researchers and practitioners such as action research. In addition, there have been many recent discussions on the ISWorld listserve addressing issues related to IS research relevance.
Kock, Ned; Gray, Paul; Hoving, Ray; Klein, Heinz; Myers, Michael; and Rockart, Jack, "IS Research Relevance Revisited:Subtle Accomplishment, Unfulfilled Promise, or Serial Hypocrisy?" (2001). ICIS 2001 Proceedings. 1.