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Mind the Gap: A Critical Review of the Information Systems Research and Practice Relationship

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Claribelle Guangco

Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics, GB
About Claribelle
Candidate for M.Sc. in Analysis Design and Management of Information Systems
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Abstract

The gap between information systems research and practice has been widely recognized and observed. The exchange of knowledge and resources between IS research and practice are facilitated by mechanisms such as IS publications, education, funding organisations and conferences. Using the literature from the reflections of IS academics and practitioners on the research relevance debates and empirical papers, each mechanism is discussed in detail to identify where the gap occurs. Suggestions and some positive developments have been put forward to bridge the gap. However, the longstanding debates in the identity, status and value of IS research remains to be a structural challenge in building this bridge. No easy solutions are offered, nor are there any immediate ones in sight. This paper concludes with some important caveats and suggestions for future research.
How to Cite: Guangco, C., 2007. Mind the Gap: A Critical Review of the Information Systems Research and Practice Relationship. iSCHANNEL, 2(1), pp.4–10.
Published on 01 Sep 2007.
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