Nothing At The Center?: Academic Legitimacy in the Information Systems Field

@article{Lyytinen2004NothingAT,
  title={Nothing At The Center?: Academic Legitimacy in the Information Systems Field},
  author={Kalle J. Lyytinen and John Leslie King},
  journal={J. Assoc. Inf. Syst.},
  year={2004},
  volume={5},
  pages={8}
}
Researchers in the information system (IS) field have recently called for the field to legitimate itself by erecting a strong theoretical core at its center. [...] Key Result This analysis suggests that to remain successful, the IS field needs intellectual discipline in boundary spanning across a “market of ideas” concerning the application of information technology in human enterprise.Expand
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