The Past, Present and Future of Information Systems Research

220 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2009

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Arpan Kumar Kar

XLRI School of Business & Human Resources; Jadavpur University

Date Written: March 23, 2009


Information systems research has long been an area of interest for researchers as it started evolving as a discipline with its own identity, since the late 20th century, since the early 1970s. This paper attempts to analyze the research trends in information systems research in contemporary times, by analyzing publications for 8 years, of the top three academic journals in the discipline, namely, "MIS Quarterly", "Information Systems Research" and "Journal of Management Information Systems". For accomplishing the same, the abstracts of over 950 articles have been studied and analyzed, from these journals, to understand the change in research focus over the period 2002 to 2009 and understand how the recent future of studies in the discipline will shape up.

Keywords: Information Systems research, meta-analysis of IS research, IS research trends, systems research

JEL Classification: C69, C90, O30

Suggested Citation

Kar, Arpan Kumar, The Past, Present and Future of Information Systems Research (March 23, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Arpan Kumar Kar (Contact Author)

XLRI School of Business & Human Resources ( email )

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Jadavpur University ( email )

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Calcutta, West Bengal 700032

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