Reengineering IS research and its intellectual infrastructure for the electronic economy

Citation
A. Hars et al., Reengineering IS research and its intellectual infrastructure for the electronic economy, J OR C EL C, 10(2), 2000, pp. 67-83
Citations number
33
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Information Tecnology & Communication Systems
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMPUTING AND ELECTRONIC COMMERCE
ISSN journal
1091-9392 → ACNP
Volume
10
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
67 - 83
Database
ISI
SICI code
1091-9392(2000)10:2<67:RIRAII>2.0.ZU;2-A
Abstract
The emerging electronic economy is bringing with it rapid advances in open networks and information technology (IT) capabilities, increasing global co mplexity and interdependence, and increasingly short business cycle times. Many enterprises are reengineering the way they carry out their business to take advantage of these new conditions. In this article, we contend that i t is also time for information systems (IS) academics to fundamentally reth ink the IS research process and the intellectual infrastructure that enable s it in light of these new conditions. We first examine why the current IS research process needs to be changed. We then systematically analyze needed change along 6 dimensions. The change potentials are used to propose an IS research paradigm that is based on interactive knowledge repositories and collaborative electronic networks. We propose a new intellectual infrastruc ture that is based on a new type of IT-enabled electronic space for the res earch community, which we term a cybrarium. A cybrarium is focused not only on the storage and dissemination but also on the synthesis of knowledge ge nerated in the research community. We articulate the basic distinctions bet ween electronic Web journals and cybrariums and show how a cybrarium leads to a fundamentally changed research process. We contend that such a redefin ed research process and its underlying intellectual infrastructure will ena ble the IS research community to make the transition to a large-scale globa l collaborative alliance that is faster, more forward looking, and cumulati ve.