, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 1–16 | Cite as

Exploring the management information systems discipline: a scientometric study of ICIS, PACIS and ASAC

  • Mihail CocosilaEmail author
  • Alexander Serenko
  • Ofir Turel


This study examines the identity and development of the management information systems (MIS) field through a scientometric lens applied to three major global, regional and national conferences: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) and Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference (ASAC). It adapts the conference stakeholder approach to the construction of the identity of the MIS discipline and analyzes the proceedings of these three conferences. The findings suggest that the MIS field has been evolving in terms of collaborative research and scholarly output and has been gradually moving towards academic maturity. The leading MIS conference contributors tend to establish loyalty to a limited number of academic meetings. At the same time, relatively low levels of repeat publication in the proceedings of ICIS, PACIS and ASAC were observed. It was suggested that Lotka’s and Yule-Simon’s bibliometric laws may be applied to measure and predict the degree of conference delegate loyalty.


Management information systems Conference ICIS PACIS ASAC Lotka’s law Yule-Simon’s law Productivity Loyalty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihail Cocosila
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alexander Serenko
    • 2
  • Ofir Turel
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of BusinessAthabasca UniversityAthabascaCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Business AdministrationLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  3. 3.Mihaylo College of Business and EconomicsCalifornia State University, FullertonFullertonUSA

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