Ideas for the Future of the IS Field

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Gordon B. Davis

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Paul Gray

Claremont Colleges - Claremont Graduate University

Stuart Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Jay F. Nunamaker

University of Arizona - Center for the Management of Information (CMI)

Ralph Sprague

University of Hawaii

Andrew B. Whinston

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

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.

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 resource

Suggested Citation

Davis, Gordon B. and Gray, Paul and Madnick, Stuart E. and Nunamaker, Jay F. and Sprague, Ralph and Whinston, Andrew B., Ideas for the Future of the IS Field (September 1, 2010). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4948-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2338557 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2338557

Gordon B. Davis

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Paul Gray

Claremont Colleges - Claremont Graduate University ( email )

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Claremont, CA 91711
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Stuart E. Madnick (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

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617-253-6671 (Phone)
617-253-3321 (Fax)

Jay F. Nunamaker

University of Arizona - Center for the Management of Information (CMI) ( email )

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P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108
United States

Ralph Sprague

University of Hawaii ( email )

Honolulu, HI
United States

Andrew B. Whinston

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management ( email )

CBA 5.202
Austin, TX 78712
United States
512-471-8879 (Phone)

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