Research Commentary: Rethinking diversity in information systems research

Benbasat, Izak and Weber, Ron (1996) Research Commentary: Rethinking diversity in information systems research. Information Systems Research, 7 4: 389-399. doi:10.1287/isre.7.4.389

Author Benbasat, Izak
Weber, Ron
Title Research Commentary: Rethinking diversity in information systems research
Journal name Information Systems Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1047-7047
Publication date 1996-01-01
Year available 1996
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1287/isre.7.4.389
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 389
End page 399
Total pages 11
Place of publication Catonsville, MD United States
Publisher INFORMS
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Three types of diversity have been prominent in the Information Systems discipline for over a decade: (a) diversity in the problems addressed; (b) diversity in the theoretical foundations and reference disciplines used to account for IS phenomena; and (c) diversity in the methods used to collect, analyze, and interpret data. History has played a major part in encouraging IS researchers to use diversity as a means of countering criticisms of their discipline and increasing their research rigor and productivity. In particular, frequent recourse to reference disciplines has underpinned much of the research that has been undertaken since the early 1980s. There are now signs, however, that the level of diversity that currently exists in IS research may be problematic. In this paper, we consider some of the benefits and costs of allowing diversity to reign in the IS discipline. We also propose a structure that we hope will facilitate discourse on the benefits and costs of diversity and on the role that diversity should now play in the IS discipline.
Keyword Diversity
IS Research
Reference Disciplines
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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