Information systems as a discipline in the making: comparing EJIS and MISQ between 1995 and 2008

Córdoba, J.-R., Pilkington, A. and Bernroider, E.W.N. 2012. Information systems as a discipline in the making: comparing EJIS and MISQ between 1995 and 2008. European Journal of Information Systems. 21 (5), pp. 479-495. doi:10.1057/ejis.2011.58

TitleInformation systems as a discipline in the making: comparing EJIS and MISQ between 1995 and 2008
AuthorsCórdoba, J.-R., Pilkington, A. and Bernroider, E.W.N.
Abstract

This paper aims to shed light on the dynamics of information systems (IS) as a discipline in the making. We use the ideas of the sociologist Abbott to propose three different stages of a discipline's development: differentiation, competition, and absorption. These stages reflect how disciplines go through different cycles and how they acquire, consolidate or lose elements of knowledge. We map these stages using citation and co-citation analyses of two main IS academic journals (EJIS and MISQ) from 1995 to 2008. Our results indicate that IS is currently in a stage of absorption, with research being consolidated around the theme of ‘IS acceptance’. Dominant models and frameworks related to this theme are predictive and thus lend themselves usable for positivistic and quantitative research. In this stage there is also a healthy degree of variety in IS including dormant elements which could reignite. Implications derived from our findings aim to help in the consolidation and extension of knowledge about IS in both academia and practice.

JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Journal citation21 (5), pp. 479-495
ISSN0960-085X
YearSep 2012
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1057/ejis.2011.58
Publication dates
PublishedSep 2012

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