The Influence of Industries and Practice on the IS Field: A Recount of History

Ping Zhang, Jerry Luftman, Ephraim McLean, Hugh Watson

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The history of any academic discipline plays an important role in shaping the discipline, giving the discipline its unique identity, and establishing the foundation for the future. AIS is initiating an effort to collect, preserve, interpret, write and disseminate the history of the IS field. As part of the initiatives, the AIS History task force has organized panels at all major IS conferences, including ECIS, PACIS, AMCIS, and ICIS in 2013 on various aspects of the IS field. This is one type of activity that will help collect as well as disseminate the IS history with the community. More info on the IS history project can be found at At AMCIS 2014, the theme of the panel is: The historical development of industries' influence on the future of IS. We hope to recollect some major events, decision points, milestones, and critical thoughts over the many decades on how industry and practice has influenced the IS discipline in terms of its topical focus, education emphasis and curricula, philosophical positions, research approaches, and other aspects. The ultimate goal is to gain insight on the future roles of industry and practice in the IS discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2014
Event20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2014 - Savannah, GA, United States
Duration: Aug 7 2014Aug 9 2014


Other20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySavannah, GA


  • IS Industry
  • IS Practice
  • IS discipline
  • IS future
  • IS history


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