Rigour versus Relevance Revisited : Evidence from IS Conference Reviewing Practice

Rosemann, Michael & Recker, Jan C. (2009) Rigour versus Relevance Revisited : Evidence from IS Conference Reviewing Practice. In Scheepers, Helena & Davern, Michael A. (Eds.) 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2009, Melbourne, Australia.

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A commonly held belief in the IS discipline is that rigour and relevance are contrary to each other and that addressing both is virtually impossible. It is also believed widely that the editorial practices of our premier conferences and journals over-emphasise rigour on the cost of relevance. However, while these two topics have been filled with numerous subjective discussions, more solid evidence into the true relationship between rigour and relevance and the impact of conference editors on this relationship is still outstanding. This paper contributes to this debate by deriving empirical evidence from a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the characteristics of the submissions and the reviewing practices of three recent IS conferences. It provides first insights into the actual relationship between rigour and relevance and into the role conference chairs play in balancing rigour and relevance. Besides the outcomes that the current set of evaluation criteria does not provide a straight forward proxy for relevance to practitioners, the paper offers two main contributions. First, empirical insights are provided that rigour and relevance do in fact not have to be mutually exclusive. Second, the editorial practices at conferences are skewed towards rigorous papers rather than relevant papers.

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ID Code: 29533
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Rigour, HERN, Academic research, Relevance
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
Past > Schools > School of Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the authors.
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2010 04:45
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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