A Review of IS Research Activities and Outputs Using Pro forma Abstracts

A Review of IS Research Activities and Outputs Using Pro forma Abstracts

Francis Kofi Andoh-Baidoo (State University of New York at Brockport, USA), Elizabeth White Baker (Virginia Military Institute, USA), Santa R. Susarapu (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) and George M. Kasper (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2007100105
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Abstract

Using March and Smith’s taxonomy of information systems (IS) research activities and outputs and Newman’s method of pro forma abstracting, this research mapped the current space of IS research and identified research activities and outputs that have received very little or no attention in the top IS publishing outlets. We reviewed and classified 1,157 articles published in some of the top IS journals and the ICIS proceedings for the period 1998–2002. The results demonstrate the efficacy of March and Smith’s (1995) taxonomy for summarizing the state of IS research and for identifying activity-output categories that have received little or no attention. Examples of published research occupying cells of the taxonomy are cited, and research is posited to populate the one empty cell. The results also affirm the need to balance theorizing with building and evaluating systems because the latter two provide unique feedback that encourage those theories that are the most promising in practice.

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