AI: A debate between three voices within the IS discipline. Are design sciences, economics and behavioral sciences critical enough on AI?

Emmanuel Monod, Saonee Sarker, Alan Hevner, Alok Gupta, Michael Barrett, Viswanath Venkatesh, Dick Boland, Kalle Lyytinen

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Even though AI technology providers and consultants are assuming a direct positive causality between these technologies and economic benefits, we claim that at least three IS research communities include some recalcitrant members who are challenging aspects of that optimistic discourse. For sake of simplicity, we are naming them as being scholarly members of the design, the economics, and the behavioral communities of IS research. In addition to these three debating voices, three dissenting voices will take critical positions on the questions at hand from radically different stances: the humanist voice, the societal voice and the iconoclastic pluralist voice. The voices will present their arguments within different business contexts. This panel will challenge the new “Age of AI,” and help chart a reasonable IS perspective on the future of AI and its implications in our discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683197
StatePublished - 2019
Event40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Dec 15 2019Dec 18 2019

Publication series

Name40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019


Conference40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Emmanuel Monod (John), is professor at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics and director of international affairs of the research institute “Artificial Intelligence and Change Management”. He was previously professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Antai College of Economics and Management, (China). He was vice-president of the Association for Informtion Saystem (AIS). He is also the vice-president of the AIS SIG Philosophy of Information Systems. He was recently editorial board member of ISJ, Database and ITP and previously associate editor for ISR , CAIS and JAIS). He published in Information and Organization, ISJ, EJIS, CAIS, SM. IHe was guest editor of a special issue of ISJ and guest associate editor for MISQ. He is currently board member of the Academy of Management MC division. He received the MC division best paper award for the conference of the Academy of Management, 2019, Boston, USA. In 2019, he also chaired the Academy of Management MC and OCIS divisions ocnerencfe on AI at Harvard University Saonee Sarker is the Rolls Royce Comonwemalth Commerce Professor, and Professor of IT at the McIntire School of Commerce in the University of Virginia. She also serves as the Senior Associate Dean at McIntire. Her pblicuations have appeared in outlets such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal ofManagement Information Systems, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Decision Sciences Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Information and Management, among others. Her research has also been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the past, she has served as an Associate Editor at MS I Quarterly, Decision Sciences Journal, and Communications of the AIS, and has received the Outstanding Associate Editor award at both MS QuaIrterly and Decision Sciences Journal. She currently serves as a Senior Editor of MS QuaIrterly.

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