Introduction to the Special Issue: The Literature Review in Information Systems

@article{Tate2015IntroductionTT,
  title={Introduction to the Special Issue: The Literature Review in Information Systems},
  author={Mary Tate and Elfi Furtmueller and Joerg Evermann and Wasana Bandara},
  journal={Commun. Assoc. Inf. Syst.},
  year={2015},
  volume={37},
  pages={5}
}
There has been a flowering of scholarly interest in the literature review as a research method in the information systems discipline. We feel privileged to contribute to this conversation and introduce the work of the authors represented in this special issue. Some of the highlights include three new methods for conducting literature analysis and guidelines, tutorials, and approaches for coping with some of the challenges involved in carrying out a literature review. Of the three “new method… 
Contextualizing the twin concepts of systematicity and transparency in information systems literature reviews
TLDR
It is argued that a systematic approach, accompanied by transparent reporting, is essential for positivist as well as interpretivist reviews, regardless of their specific type, scope and methods.
(Re)considering the Concept of Reproducibility of Information Systems Literature Reviews
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It is found that the concept of reproducibility has been misunderstood in much of the guidance to authors of IS literature reviews, and several suggestions are made for clarifying the terminology and identifying when reproducecibility is desirable and feasible withinIS literature reviews.
Transparency in literature reviews: an assessment of reporting practices across review types and genres in top IS journals
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The findings indicate inadequate reporting of the methods, procedures, and techniques used in a majority of reviews, and recommend that authors of all forms of reviews better document design decisions so to increase trustworthiness, get meaningful results, and develop a cumulative body of knowledge in this discipline.
A Framework and Approach for Analysis of Focus Group Data in Information Systems Research
TLDR
This tutorial paper provides a systematic and integrative approach for qualitatively analyzing different types of focus group data (e.g., group level content and interaction data) for information systems (IS) researchers.
Standalone Literature Reviews in IS Research: What Can Be Learnt From the Past and Other Fields?
Literature reviews (LRs) are recognized for their increasing impact in the information systems literature. Methodologists have drawn attention to the question of how we can leverage the value of LRs
On Your Mark, Ready, Search: A Framework for Structuring Literature Search Strategies in Information Systems
TLDR
The ‘Search Canvas’ is presented, a generic framework that aims at supporting the (creative) process of exploring, specifying, and visually representing a literature search strategy and provide an instrument that enables researchers to iteratively plan and communicate such strategies.
<<Sorry, Too Much Information>> Design Principles for Supporting Rigorous Search Strategies in Literature Reviews
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This study aims to counter the 'information overload' by deriving design principles that contribute to effective, efficient and rigorous searching by proposing a set of design principles which can be implemented in the form of concrete IT-artifacts.
Developing Novel and Relevant Theoretical Contributions with Literature Reviews
Authors of standalone literature reviews aim to develop scholarly knowledge and offer theoretical contributions, but beyond guidance for summarizing the literature, there is limited guidance on
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