Politics and AIS: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Jane Fedorowicz, Niels Bjørn-Andersen, Sebastian Olbrich, Monideepa Tarafdar, Dov Te'eni

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The Association for Information Systems (AIS) is the preeminent global professional association for academics in the Information Systems (IS) discipline. Throughout its more than 20-year history, AIS governance documents have included no guidance on matters related to national or international politics. However, recent events have challenged AIS to reconsider its responsibility as a political or moral advocate for its members and the discipline it serves. A panel at ECIS 2017 explored the ways in which AIS has inadvertently or intentionally entered the political fray and debated the benefits and drawbacks of taking on a more formal political position. This paper presents the positions that each panelist raised and summarizes the active discussion that followed. It concludes with a set of questions that constitute a “call to action” to the AIS council to enact a politically acceptable set of core values to benefit its members.
Original languageEnglish
Article number16
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)247–261
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Politics
  • AIS
  • Association for Information Systems
  • Core values

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