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Robert M. Davison: Research in Information Systems--Intra-disciplinary and Inter-disciplinary Approaches
time: Dec 26, 2019

Time:9:30, January 7, 2020(Tuesday)

Location:Third lecture hall, first floor, School of management

Speaker:Professor Robert M. Davison

From:City University of Hong Kong

Organizer:School ofManagement

Lecturer introduce:Robert M. Davison, Professor of information systems, City University of Hong Kong. The research area is the use of enterprise information system, especially the problem-solving, relationship formation and knowledge management of Chinese enterprises. More than 200 papers have been published in foreign mainstream journals and conferences. He is especially good at action research and is known for it. Professor Robert has been the chairman of AIS research ethics committee, the world's top academic organization in the field of information systems for many years, the current chairman of IFIP working group WG 9.4, and the current editor in chief of Information Systems Journal and electronic journal of information systems in developing countries. Whether as a researcher or editor in chief, Professor Robert advocates to understand the problem from a local perspective, and combine knowledge with practice in the research, in-depth field exploration of people's understanding of information systems in daily life under different cultures and backgrounds.

Description:The deep embeddedness of information systems (IS) in many areas of human activity poses a dual challenge to the IS discipline: advancing an expanding disciplinary boundary that includes an increasing set of IS topics; and engaging with other disciplines in order to understand IS-enabled phenomena. An inability to meet these challenges could lead to conceptually stunted development of the IS discipline, missed opportunities to inform other disciplines and a failure to effectively contribute to solving the pressing problems of our time. We undertook this study to investigate both how IS research has addressed these challenges in the past and how it can continue to do so in the future. We theorize four different types of knowledge contribution that IS researchers can produce. We analyze a wide-ranging sample of research studies published in 176 papers in the AIS basket of eight journals to investigate the nature of their contribution vis-à-vis these types. We find that the predominant types of knowledge contribution are intradisciplinary, with relatively few interdisciplinary contributions. We explain why each type of knowledge contribution is important to the IS discipline and comment on the implications of our study for IS scholars and for the vigor and growth of the IS discipline.