Securing the future of information systems as an academic discipline

Gordon B. Davis, Anne P. Massey, Niels BjØrn-Andersen

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There are reasons to be concerned about the future of the academic discipline (or field) of Information Systems. Enrollments have dropped, survey courses are questioned, some writers have suggested that the IS function will soon disappear, and some well-known schools have yet to acknowledge the existence of a new academic discipline. These events are enough to create uncertainty in a relatively young field less than 40 years old. Is there a real crisis, or is the current situation temporary? The paper evaluates six pessimistic arguments about the field. Overall, while problems exist, we believe the prognosis is good. The need for and the value of the IS function and systems continue to be high. Investment continues to be strong. The preconditions are in place for continued strength for the IS academic discipline. Are there things the field needs to do right in order to secure the future of the field? Perhaps muddling along will work, but proactive actions are more likely to be successful. This paper makes five recommendations for proactively making sure the field prospers and makes real contributions through our research, our teaching, and our relationships with other academic fields and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event26th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2005 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2005Dec 14 2005


Other26th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV


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