Nurturing a Thriving Information Systems Discipline: A Call to Action

Michel Avital, Natalia Levina, Ritu Agarwal, Niels Bjørn-Andersen, Varun Grover, Eldon Y. Li, Dov Te'eni

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    While the aspiration for the IS discipline's bright future is a shared objective, there is a controversy about what are the fundamental challenges ahead let alone how to approach them. This panel addresses the question of what should we do to nurture a thriving IS discipline? Opinions regarding how to solidify the position of the IS discipline can be classified into five interrelated clusters: research-oriented approaches, teaching-oriented approaches, practice-oriented approaches, scholarship-oriented approaches, and organization-oriented approaches. Building on crowdsourcing within the IS community to inform a panel of senior scholars, we will engage in a debate about possible approaches to nurture and invigorate the IS discipline in the coming decade. Overall, we aim to inspire and spark grassroots-based collective action in pursuit of thriving IS scholarship. At minimum, we hope to stimulate new insights about the desired and possible futures of the IS discipline, and the instrumental steps to realize them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems : ICIS 2011
    EditorsDennis F. Galletta, Ting-Peng Liang
    Number of pages8
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2011
    Article number3
    ISBN (Print)9780615559070
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventThe 32nd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2011 - Shanghai, China
    Duration: 4 Dec 20117 Dec 2011
    Conference number: 32


    ConferenceThe 32nd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2011
    City Shanghai
    Internet address


    • Furture of IS
    • IS research agenda
    • Collective action
    • Crowdsourcing

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