Baskerville & Myers (2002) Information Systems As A Reference Discipline


The conventional wisdom amongst information systems (IS) researchers is that information sys- tems is an applied discipline drawing upon other, more fundamental, reference disciplines. These reference disciplines are seen as having founda- tional value for IS. We believe that it is time to question the conventional wisdom. We agree that many disciplines are relevant for IS researchers, but we suggest a re-think of the idea of “reference disciplines” for IS. In a sense, IS has come of age. Perhaps the time has come for IS to become a reference discipline for others.

Citation Richard L. Baskerville, Michael D. Myers (2002). Information Systems As A Reference Discipline. MIS Quarterly, vol. 26 no. 1, pp. 1–14. PDF

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BibTex entry for this article:

author = {Baskerville, Richard L. and Myers, Michael D.},
journal = {MIS Quarterly},
number = {1},
pages = {1--14},
title = {{Information Systems As A Reference Discipline}},
volume = {26},
year = {2002}

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