Ideas for the Future of the IS Field
Gordon B. Davis
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management
Claremont Colleges - Claremont Graduate University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management
Jay F. Nunamaker Jr.
University of Arizona - Center for the Management of Information (CMI)
University of Hawaii
Andrew B. Whinston
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management
September 1, 2010
MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4948-10
Information Systems as a field of intellectual inquiry is now approximately 50 years old. It has many achievements and extensive research to its credit and has established a large group of researchers and experts worldwide. The field has changed and changed and changed again over the last half century. The question addressed in this inaugural issue paper is: Where does IS go from here? This paper presents the views of six of the 'fathers of the field' about its directions in the years ahead. Each coauthor presents two ideas about the future. The topics covered includes continuing support of the work of organizations, emerging technologies, new ways of communicating, expanding the ways IS performs research, expanding its vision both of what IS is and of its impact, its role as a resource, its model of the IS professional and its graduates, and its staying on top of new technologies and new areas of inquiry.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: emerging technologies, health care, information systems impacts, information systems vision, innovations, model of graduate, model of professional, new technologies, professional communications, publications, research methods, systems requirements, university-wide resourceworking papers series
Date posted: March 5, 2014 ; Last revised: May 13, 2014
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