The king is dead! Long live the king! Homelessness and survival in the is field

John Leslie King, Edgar A. Whitley, Ron Weber, Hope Koch, David Firth, Clayton Arlen Looney

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Abstract

Should the IS field relinquish its identity and surrender to the social, political and economic forces that are placing IS scholars outside of traditional IS departments and programs? Should IS scholars mesh into competing departments (e.g., marketing and accounting) and schools (e.g., information studies and engineering) instead of seeking placement in a traditional IS department? By touting IS as the blood that runs through all business functions, would we serve our stakeholders better by embracing our status as a field without a real home and becoming homeless? Is the key to the IS field's survival ripping IS departments apart, keeping them together or following a hybrid approach? This panel session brings together eminent IS scholars to argue both for and against the case that the IS field should surrender to the destructive forces that are pulling it in every direction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th International Conference on Information Systems "Building a Better World Through Information Systems", ICIS 2014
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)9781634396943
StatePublished - 2014
Event35th International Conference on Information Systems: Building a Better World Through Information Systems, ICIS 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Dec 14 2014Dec 17 2014

Conference

Conference35th International Conference on Information Systems: Building a Better World Through Information Systems, ICIS 2014
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period12/14/1412/17/14

Keywords

  • Credibility crisis
  • IS discipline
  • IS field

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