If Practice Makes Perfect, Where Do We Stand?

Dennis F. Galletta, Niels Bjørn-Andersen, Dorothy E. Leidner, M. Lynne Markus, Ephraim R. McLean, Detmar Straub, James Wetherbe

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Practitioners have played an important role in the information system (IS) field’s development since its beginnings. In the 1970s, IS researchers’ integration with practitioners was high with Society for Information Management members receiving copies of the MIS Quarterly, practitioners funding the ICIS Doctoral Consortium, and submissions receiving at least one practitioner review. Today, however, the integration between practitioners and researchers appears more distant. Given that almost 50 years have passed since the field’s development, we believe that we need to reflect on the past, present, and future relationship between IS research and IS practice. Has the distance between academics and practitioners become too great? Is our relevance too low to expect practitioners to join AIS and attend our conferences? How might we increase the integration? At a panel at ICIS 2018, several panelists provided position statements about those issues.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)39–64
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Research
  • Practice
  • Integration
  • Relevance
  • Relevance vs. rigor

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