Beyond Rigor and Relevance: Producing Consumable Research about Information Systems

Beyond Rigor and Relevance: Producing Consumable Research about Information Systems

Daniel Robey (Georgia State University, USA) and M. Lynne Markus (Claremont Graduate University, USA)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.1998010101
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Abstract

Since the field Information Systems (IS) originated, researchers have faced apparently contradictory pressures. On the one hand, we are exhorted to generate scholarly articles that are academically rigorous; on the other, we are urged to make our research more relevant to practice. In this paper, we argue that there is no inherent conflict between these two pressures; it is not only possible, but also desirable, for IS research to fulfill both directives. We present four major strategies for conducting research that is both rigorous and relevant: cultivating practitioner sponsorship, adopting new research models, producing consumable research reports, and supporting nontraditional research outlets.

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