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A framework for analysing the evolution of the IS field - can IS become a stable discipline?

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dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.contributor.author Adam, Frédéric
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-30T12:01:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-30T12:01:18Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2644
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract There is much concern among IS researchers due to the failure to establish adequate conceptual and theoretical foundations, and also the lack of clear definitions of concepts and terminology in the IS field. This paper considers why this is the case, and puts forward a framework which has been developed to analyse the emergence of the IS field, its relationship with associated disciplines, and the problems it currently faces. These problems are of a fundamental nature and include the field's identity crisis and epistemological problems; the failure to erect barriers to entry; the reference discipline problem; and the trend towards increased divergence rather than harmony and convergence in the field. Urgent research is needed to lay the foundation of a model for progress in the IS field which will support the evolution of the field towards control and harmony. This need is now stronger than ever at a time when the status of IS comes under attack in academic circles and the field seems to be under pressure to establish a stronger identity and solve fundamental methodological problems. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Information Systems, Lisbon;pp. 17-32
dc.subject IS field en_US
dc.subject analysing en_US
dc.subject evolution en_US
dc.subject stable en_US
dc.title A framework for analysing the evolution of the IS field - can IS become a stable discipline? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.authorcontactother brian.fitzgerald@ul.ie

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