Ideas for the future of the IS field

Gordon B. Davis, Paul Gray, Stuart Madnick, Jay F. Nunamaker, Ralph Sprague, Andrew Whinston

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Information systems as a field of intellectual inquiry is now approximately 50 years old. It hasmany achievements and extensive research to its credit and has established a large group of researchers and experts worldwide. The field has changed and changed and changed again over the last half century. The question addressed in this inaugural issue article is:Where does IS go from here? This article presents the views of six of the "fathers of the field" about its directions in the years ahead. Each coauthor presents two ideas about the future. The topics covered includes continuing support of the work of organizations, emerging technologies, new ways of communicating, expanding the ways IS performs research, expanding its vision both of what IS is and of its impact, its role as a resource, its model of the IS professional and its graduates, and its staying on top of new technologies and new areas of inquiry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalACM Transactions on Management Information Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Emerging technologies
  • Health care
  • Information systems impacts
  • Information systems vision
  • Innovations
  • Model of graduate
  • Model of professional
  • New technologies
  • Professional communications
  • Publications
  • Researchmethods
  • Systems requirements
  • University-wide resource


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