The goal of this research-in-progress is to analyze how concepts in the information system (IS) field emerge, are invented, or transformed, based on the works of the best IS scholars as they publish in MIS Quarterly, the highest-ranked journal in IS. Using a variant of citation analysis, this study uncovers how IS authors appropriate concepts and theories from other authors. Preliminary results show that IS authors often draw from other authors without adding substantive content and do not actively manipulate and transform concepts they borrow.