Hirschheim & Klein (2012) A Glorious and Not-So-Short History of the Information Systems Field

Abstract

In this paper, the more than 40-year history of the information systems discipline is discussed by dividing history into four somewhat overlapping eras. For each era, important events that occurred are highlighted. The events are categorized as “management/governance of the IS function”, “technology”, “research themes”, “research methodology”, “education”, and “infrastructure” (organizations, conferences, journals, etc.). The paper then speculates on what the value would be if the IS community were to adopt a shared history. The paper contends that such a shared history would be effective in helping to bridge the communication gaps that exist between the different sub-communities that make up the discipline.

Citation Rudy Hirschheim, Heinz K. Klein (2012). A Glorious and Not-So-Short History of the Information Systems Field. Journal of the Association of Information Systems, vol. 13 no. 4, pp. 188–235. URL

BibTex entry for this article:

BibTex entry for this article:

@article{hirschheim2012glorious,
author = {Hirschheim, Rudy and Klein, Heinz K.},
doi = {10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580583.003.0003},
isbn = {15369323},
issn = {15369323},
journal = {Journal of the Association of Information Systems},
number = {4},
pages = {188--235},
pmid = {77807705},
title = {{A Glorious and Not-So-Short History of the Information Systems Field}},
url = {http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84862296253&partnerID=tZOtx3y1},
volume = {13},
year = {2012}
}

Key ideas

Four Era's:

The eras have the unembellished labels:

  • First Era (mid 1960s to mid 1970s);
  • Second Era (mid 1970s to mid 1980s);
  • Third Era (mid 1980s to mid/late1990s);
  • Fourth Era (late 1990s to today [2012]).

Notes

Table and Figures

Table 1: Overview of Era's Table 1 ~ p.196


Keywords:

Discipline history, Eras, Historical research, INF6001W, IS evolution, IS history

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