Empirical Research in IS: The Practice of RelevanceEmpirical Research in IS
The Practice of Relevance
from MISQ (31:1) 1999
by Izak Benbasat dan Robert W. Zmud
Benbasat, Izak, and Zmud, Robert W.
Empirical Research in Information Systems: The Practice of Relevance.
MIS Quarterly, 23(1), pp. 3-16.
[T58.6 ISR SC, ISSN 1047-7047].
Keywords: Relevance, Rigor, Academic Research, Applied Research.
MEMO: Discussion and Suggestion: why most IS academic research today lacks relevance to practive.
Professionals tend to read articles that (p. 5): are shorter; use more exhibits; use everyday language, rather than esoteric or stilted language; have less discussion of a study&39;s methods; have more contextual description; have more prescriptions; (omit on article's rigor).
- See also the author's index list.
|Table 1. Dimensions of Relevance (p. 13)|
|Interesting||Does Information Systems (IS) research address the problems or challenges that are of concern to IS professionals?|
|Applicable||Does IS research produce the knowledge and offer prescription that can be utilized by practitioners?|
|Current||Does IS research focus on current, at the time of publication, thechnologies, and business issues?|
|Accessible||Are IS research articles able to be understood (in terms of tone, style, structure, and semantics) by IS professionals? Are they written in a style that professionals would enjoy reading?|
|Table 2. Recommendations to Attain Relevance (p. 14)|
|1.||Focus on future interestes of key stakeholders.||Interesting|
|2.||Identify topics from IS practice.||Interesting|
|3.||Identify, as an academic community, the core research issues that can influence practice in the future.||Current|
|4.||Focus on the likely outcome (that can influence practice) rather than on inputs (academic and intellectual challenges) when choosing a research project.||
|5.||Develop cumulative, theory-based, context rich bodies of research to be able to make prescriptions and be proactive.||Applicable|
|6.||Develop frames of references to organize phenomena and provide contingency approaches to managerial action.||Applicable|
|7.||Potray research outputs in ways practitioners can utilize to justify and retionalize IT related decisions.||Applicable|
|8.||Use clear, simple, and concise style in the write-up.||Accessible|
|9.||Set the goal of publishing manuscript as being both rigorous and relevant.||
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