The Scholarly Divide: Insights from the AIS Well-being Project

Ryan T. Wright, Carol Saunders, Saonee Sarker, Atreyi Kankanhalli, Edgar A. Whitley, Virpi Kristina Tuunainen, Helle Zinner Henriksen

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This article provides an overview of the findings from the Information Systems (IS) Well-Being Project that was started in the fall of 2020. There were two goals of this project: 1) understand the physical, mental, social, and financial well-being of IS academics during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2) theorize the downstream effects of the pandemic on the health of the IS research ecosystem. This investigation surfaced a troubling phenomenon that we coined “the IS scholarly divide”. This editorial develops the theoretical underpinnings for the scholarly divide and posits the taxonomy of the divide. Finally, we explore the effects and forward some possible remedies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)777-797
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023

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Published online: 5 April 2023


  • Well-being
  • AIS
  • Covid pandemic
  • Digital divide
  • Faculty well-being
  • Scholarly divide

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