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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    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 publicationProceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014)
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9781634396943
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventInternational Conference on Information Systems 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 14 Dec 201417 Dec 2014
    Conference number: 35th (Proceedings)


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems 2014
    Abbreviated titleICIS 2014
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
    OtherBuilding a Better World through Information Systems
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    • Credibility crisis
    • IS discipline
    • IS field

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