Addressing the Credibility Crisis in IS

Communications of the Association for Information Systems 28, 1, 199-212, 2011

17 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2014

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David Firth

University of Montana

John L. King

University of Michigan School of Information

Hope koch

Baylor University

Clayton A. Looney

University of Montana

Paul A. Pavlou

Temple University - Department of Management Information Systems; Temple University - Department of Strategic Management

Eileen Trauth

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

A credibility crisis continues to plague the information systems (IS) discipline. For decades IS has struggled to acquire and maintain its stature as a highly-respected academic discipline. The recent demise of several IS programs around the world highlights the credibility crisis, as departments have been subsumed into other business disciplines, or worse yet, abandoned entirely. In a recent MIS Quarterly article, Gill and Bhattacherjee [2009] highlight some of the challenges facing IS: low student enrollments, research that is rarely discussed in our classrooms, and research that fails to make an impact in practice. While useful tactics in terms of research [Dennis et al., 2006], student recruitment [Koch et al., 2010; Looney and Akbulut, 2007] and pedagogy [Firth et al., 2008] have surfaced, a holistic strategy for addressing the credibility crisis has yet to emerge. This article summarizes a panel discussion at the AMCIS 2010 conference, where a group of distinguished IS professors offered their unique perspectives on the challenges, origins, and solutions related to the current credibility crisis in IS.

Keywords: future of information systems, practice, education, research, enrollment, credibility crisis

Suggested Citation

Firth, David and King, John L. and koch, Hope and Looney, Clayton A. and Pavlou, Paul A. and Trauth, Eileen, Addressing the Credibility Crisis in IS (March 1, 2011). Communications of the Association for Information Systems 28, 1, 199-212, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380289

David Firth

University of Montana ( email )

Missoula, MT 59812
United States

John L. King

University of Michigan School of Information ( email )

3447 North Quad
105 S. State St. 3447
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
United States
734-615-83526 (Phone)

Hope Koch

Baylor University ( email )

Waco, TX 76798
United States

Clayton A. Looney

University of Montana ( email )

Missoula, MT 59812
United States

Paul A. Pavlou (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Management Information Systems ( email )

1810 N. 13th Street
Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19128
United States

Temple University - Department of Strategic Management ( email )

Fox School of Business and Management
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Eileen Trauth

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

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