The Power of a Good Story or the Great Potential of Information Systems History or Some Lessons from a Heroic Journey

  • Jaana PorraEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 223)


This paper is an essay about my journey as an information systems (IS) historian. In the paper, I briefly outline the past and the current situation with the environmental circumstances of history writing in the IS research field. I also highlight some lessons I have learned studying and applying the historical method over the past decade and a half. I do this in the context of a four-tiered research framework. I conclude that there continues to be a great need for written IS history and urge IS researchers to take upon themselves this important quest that will benefit future generations.


Information systems history Information systems research field Four-tiered research framework The historical method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.C.T. Bauer College of Business, Department of Decision and Information Sciences, Management Information SystemsUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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