Bridging the academia-industry divide: academics reach out!

Darroch, Fiona and Toleman, Mark (2005) Bridging the academia-industry divide: academics reach out! Software Practitioner, 15 (6). pp. 3-7. ISSN 1083-6861


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Debate has persisted over the raison d'etre of the Information Systems (IS) discipline. There are many
facets to this complex issue, including two closely linked ones, namely rigour versus relevance, and the
relationship between academics and professionals. While there has been much introspection from IS
researchers as to the apparent state of play, there has been no empirical research conducted to illicit
the practitioner perspective. Based on a framework of the current literature, this paper explores the
situation from the practitioner perspective through in-depth interviews. This basis is extended by a
reflection from academics on the major barriers to the relationship. The findings provide new insights
into the academic-practitioner relationship, highlighting aspects of the existing understanding and
extending it in ways that will prove critical in assisting the resolution of this long-term problem.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Journal issue is numbered 15(6) and 16(1). Deposited with permission of Editor.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:20
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information Systems research, rigour, relevance, IS theory, IS practitioner
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management

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