Global Information Management Research: What have we Learned in the Past Decade?

Global Information Management Research: What have we Learned in the Past Decade?

Fred Niederman (Saint Louis University, USA), Hadi Alhorr (Saint Louis University, USA), Yung-Hwal Park (Saint Louis University, USA) and Carri R. Tolmie (Saint Louis University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 39
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.2012010102
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This study assesses the past decade in the GIM domain, based on Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM) research findings. Based on the issues addressed by these articles, the authors develop 11 topical categories and discuss each in terms of the accumulation of knowledge contributed by these findings. The authors also discuss for each topic possible extension and further understanding based on related research in international business. In consideration of the topics of these articles, a large number simultaneously addressing multiple topics and potential of explicitly linking these topics in future research are discussed. Additionally, the authors update prior quantitative analysis considering JGIM citations of key international business scholars, evolution of research methods, and levels of scope and analysis in these articles. Finally, the authors indicate gaps in the body of research within categories, when categories are considered in relationships, and when looking further from the perspective of recent IB research.
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Our thinking since Niederman, Boggs, and Kundu (2002) has remained relatively consistent regarding the nature of cumulative tradition and the definition of GIM. We view individual articles as intrinsically important but also as “pebbles” that when combined form a mosaic and larger picture. It is not our mission in this study to evaluate the quality of individual articles; we trust that the peer review process had accomplished that task. Rather our purpose is to extract essential findings and future questions from each article, then consider their collective meaning and impact. It is our hope that such an examination lends insight to the strength of various conclusions regarding key topics in the GIM domain and exposes areas of varied interpretation and targets for further illumination.

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