Crossing the great divide: a first step toward bridging the gap between academia and industry

Darroch, Fiona and Toleman, Mark (2004) Crossing the great divide: a first step toward bridging the gap between academia and industry. In: ACIS 2004: 15th Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Managing New Wave Information Systems: Enterprise, Government and Society, 1-3 Dec 2004, Hobart, 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 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. 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: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. Deposited with permission of the 2nd author.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2009 05:46
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: IS research, rigour, relevance, IS theory, IS practitioner
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080611 Information Systems Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified

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