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The information systems academic discipline in Australian universities: a meta-analysis

Ridley, Gail, Gable, Guy G., Smyth, Bob, Gregor, Shirley, & Clarke, Roger (2008) The information systems academic discipline in Australian universities: a meta-analysis. In Gable, Guy G., Gregor, Shirley, Clarke, Roger, Ridley, Gail, & Smyth, Robert (Eds.) The Information Systems Academic Discipline in Australia. ANU E Press, Canberra ACT, pp. 307-342.

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Abstract

The meta-analysis chapter integrates and interprets data from earlier chapters in this monograph, drawing on the theoretical framework developed for the study. Mixed results were seen in the development of mechanisms of control and a core body of knowledge when analysis was made of IS in Australian universities over the most recent years. The limitations on progress were mainly related to reduced IS enrolments and the associated decline in staff numbers and autonomy of IS groups, along with the restructuring and relocation of many IS groups within universities. However, it appears that introduction of the Research Quality Framework was intended to increase the quantity and quality of Australian IS research publications. While great diversity was reported regarding some components of the Body of Knowledge, the existence of key IS research topics was demonstrated from a national analysis, which was not evident from analysis at a local level. Little IS theory was reported, but recognition given to the kind of theory that was appropriate for IS. When the development of Australian IS is considered over a longer period, significant progress has been made in some mechanisms of control, including steady growth in professorial appointments. Although local contingencies were found to have impacted the degree of professionalism, the study was not able to confirm that these two components of the framework (responsiveness to local contingencies and degree of professionalism) were inversely related. IS in Australia is not likely to be unique in its development relative to other parts of the world. The study concluded that, based on IS in Australian universities, IS might be regarded as a field rather than as a discipline.

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ID Code: 15643
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This book can be freely accessed online via the publisher's web page (see hypertext link).
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ISBN: 9781921313943
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems not elsewhere classified (080699)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 ANU E Press
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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