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The Slippery Slope of MIS Academia: A Discussion of the Quest for Relevance in Our Discipline

Benamati, John Skip and Serva, Mark A and Galletta, Dennis and Harris, Al and Niederman, Fred (2006) The Slippery Slope of MIS Academia: A Discussion of the Quest for Relevance in Our Discipline. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 18 (32). 657 - 675. ISSN 1529-3181

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The MIS discipline faces the need to periodically re-establish its relevance to both academics and practitioners. Evolving technology forces our discipline to change at a rate far exceeding that of other business disciplines. In the workplace, rapidly evolving IT management issues and technologies have led corporations to manage technical employees differently than other employees. In academia, however, MIS faculty are faced with the same expectations as other business faculty. The current model of MIS as an academic discipline has many issues that make staying current and relevant very difficult. The result is that MIS research and teaching lag practice. One might argue that as the field matures, we are falling further behind. This paper is the outcome of a panel discussion held during the 2006 Americas Conference on Information Systems in Acapulco, Mexico. The panel discussed the assertions that MIS is on a “Slippery Slope” that threatens our existence as a business discipline and that our current model encourages irrelevance, both in research and in teaching. Panel members were asked to share their views on five questions relative to the Slippery Slope from their unique perspectives.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Benamati, John Skip
Serva, Mark A
Galletta, DennisGALLETTA@pitt.eduGALLETTA
Harris, Al
Niederman, Fred
Date: 2006
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Communications of the Association for Information Systems
Volume: 18
Number: 32
Publisher: Association for Information Systems
Page Range: 657 - 675
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: College of Business Administration > Business Administration
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1529-3181
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Article Type: Research Article
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Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 21:30
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2022 18:48


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