The Identity Crisis Within the IS Discipline: Defining and Communicating the Discipline's Core Properties

  title={The Identity Crisis Within the IS Discipline: Defining and Communicating the Discipline's Core Properties},
  author={Izak Benbasat and Robert W. Zmud},
  journal={MIS Q.},
We are concerned that the IS research community is making the discipline's central identity ambiguous by, all too frequently, under-investigating phenomena intimately associated with IT-based systems and over-investigating phenomena distantly associated with IT-based systems. In this commentary, we begin by discussing why establishing an identity for the IS field is important. We then describe what such an identity may look like by proposing a core set of properties, i.e., concepts and… 

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