To analyze the immediate past research trends, the publications of 2002 till 2006 have been analyzed to understand the trends in the mind set of researchers. Based on qualitative analysis, the research trends of these 5 years are being captured in this paper. This has been contrasted with the research focus in current times, as is depicted by the publications in these journals in current times, from 2007 till 2009. For doing so, the publication abstracts of these 3 years (till March 2009) have been analyzed. Based on the publications in these three academic journals for around 8 years, an attempt has been taken to predict the type of research and publications which will be seen amongst IS researchers in the next few years, particularly in these three journals.
Based on the analysis made, from studying the abstracts of over 950 papers published in the three journals, the future of studies in information systems research appears bright with a lot of meaningful contribution with both academic relevance to IS research as a discipline and industry relevance for practice. From this analysis, it appears that there would be renewed vigor in research in forthcoming years in varied streams, which would try to improve IS as a discipline and help further in its evolution as a matured area of study. Also, there would be a lot of focus on the implications of newer technology on overall business settings as they get more popular and mature for usage in firms. These studies would address the business implication of such revolutionary technologies, for example, the internet, on the overall firm’s competitiveness, value and strategy.To read the full paper CLICK HERE.
This is a must read for all researchers venturing into the area of business research in the field of Information Systems.