European Journal of Information Systems

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 479–495

Information systems as a discipline in the making: comparing EJIS and MISQ between 1995 and 2008

  • José-Rodrigo Córdoba
  • Alan Pilkington
  • Edward W N Bernroider
Research Article

DOI: 10.1057/ejis.2011.58

Cite this article as:
Córdoba, JR., Pilkington, A. & Bernroider, E. Eur J Inf Syst (2012) 21: 479. doi:10.1057/ejis.2011.58

Abstract

This paper aims to shed light on the dynamics of information systems (IS) as a discipline in the making. We use the ideas of the sociologist Abbott to propose three different stages of a discipline's development: differentiation, competition, and absorption. These stages reflect how disciplines go through different cycles and how they acquire, consolidate or lose elements of knowledge. We map these stages using citation and co-citation analyses of two main IS academic journals (EJIS and MISQ) from 1995 to 2008. Our results indicate that IS is currently in a stage of absorption, with research being consolidated around the theme of ‘IS acceptance’. Dominant models and frameworks related to this theme are predictive and thus lend themselves usable for positivistic and quantitative research. In this stage there is also a healthy degree of variety in IS including dormant elements which could reignite. Implications derived from our findings aim to help in the consolidation and extension of knowledge about IS in both academia and practice.

Keywords

information systemsdisciplinescitation analysisco-citation analysisEJISMISQ

Copyright information

© Operational Research Society 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • José-Rodrigo Córdoba
    • 1
  • Alan Pilkington
    • 1
  • Edward W N Bernroider
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London (UK)SurreyU.K.
  2. 2.WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Information Management and ControlViennaAustria