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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Abstract

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
Volume44
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)247–261
Number of pages15
ISSN1529-3181
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Keywords

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

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Fedorowicz, Jane ; Bjørn-Andersen, Niels ; Olbrich, Sebastian ; Tarafdar, Monideepa ; Te'eni, Dov. / Politics and AIS : Where Do We Draw the Line?. In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems. 2019 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 247–261 .
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Politics and AIS : Where Do We Draw the Line? / Fedorowicz, Jane; Bjørn-Andersen, Niels; Olbrich, Sebastian; Tarafdar, Monideepa; Te'eni, Dov.

In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 44, No. 1, 16, 03.2019, p. 247–261 .

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