Fads and trends in business and information systems engineering and information systems research: A comparative literature analysis

Katharina Steininger, René Riedl, Friedrich Roithmayr, Peter Mertens

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Abstract

The business and information systems engineering (BISE) discipline, dominating in the German-speaking countries, where it is called Wirtschaftsmnformatik, is currently undergoing a phase of increasing internationalization and the U.S.-based Information Systems (IS) discipline is often considered an ideal. Studies show that BISE has often dealt with fads in the past - for IS there are no findings reporting on the diffusion of fads. The objective of the paper is to close this research gap. We conducted a literature analysis that Investigates the development of topics and terms in BISE and IS from 1994 to 2007. Titles, abstracts and keywords of 2,564 articles in three BISE journals and 5,647 articles In five IS journals were analyzed. The results show that BISE is topically more diverse and concrete than IS. In addition, the rate of fads is higher in BISE than IS. We concede that being engaged in fads is not necessarily negative - rather, it may considerably contribute to the relevance of research. However, it has to be considered that an overly intense orientation on fads may negatively influence a cumulative research progress. Hence, we conclude that for BISE and IS, which both have a theoretical and pragmatic mission, a balanced ratio of short- and long-term topics seems appropriate.

Translated title of the contributionFads and trends in business and information systems engineering and information systems research: A comparative literature analysis
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)478-495
Number of pages18
JournalWIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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