Building the bridge between academia and practice

Darroch, Fiona and Toleman, Mark ORCID: (2005) Building the bridge between academia and practice. In: ACIS 2005: 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Socialising IT - Thinking About The People, 30 Nov - 02 Dec 2005, Manly, Australia.

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[Abstract]: Debate has persisted over the raison d'être of the Information Systems (IS) discipline. There are many facets to this complex issue, including two closely related ones, namely rigour and relevance in IS research, and the relationship between IS academics and practitioners. The aim of this paper is to further explore and affirm the practitioner perspective of relevance, and to develop a shared understanding of improved models of the academic-practitioner relationship. This understanding develops through a series of three perspectives, viz: the literature, the practitioners, and the academics' reflection. Mixed methods are employed for the data collection, including structured interviews, a focus group and a survey. The findings highlight the important role that stakeholders play, with both practitioners and academics desirous of a closer association. The medical model appears to have the most promise in bridging the gap in the relationship.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 'Authors retain their copyright in the paper. The Australasian Conference on Information Systems, as publisher of the Proceedings, will claim copyright in the collection of papers.'
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:20
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: IS research, rigour, relevance, IS theory, practitioner perspective, academic perspective
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460908 Information systems organisation and management

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