Topics of interest in IS: Evolution of themes and differences between research and practice

Zoonky Lee, Sanjay Gosain, Il Im

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The information systems discipline has been criticized in the past for lack of secure foundations, frequent shifts in focus and lack of impact on practice. The study deals with two main issues - evolution of themes in IS research and practice over time and differences between research and practice in the IS area as evidenced by the publication process. More than 3000 articles published across five years in four IS journals and five magazines were examined and categorized by thematic areas. We find journals and magazines focusing on different themes with the former focusing on conceptual and abstract models while the latter devote attention to specific applications. Significantly, academic themes show more variance over time. Apparently, there is no significant increase in the richness of themes being addressed over time but there is evidence of conflicting contemporaneous trends in research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-246
Number of pages14
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management


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