From the Editor-in-Chief of JMIS
Thursday, June 13, 2013
It has been 30 years! Journal of
Management Information Systems is celebrating its jubilee. Over the three
recent decades, our field of information systems and the journal have traveled a long and fascinating road. The world, and its societies and
organizations, have been transformed by information systems and by the
technologies around which they are built.
Our working and personal lives have altered, have moved closer to each
other, and are now lived on the global scene and at a far more rapid pace. Indeed, our understanding of the life we lead
has been changed by our ability to connect, by ubiquitous access to information
and knowledge, and by the opportunities and challenges of cohabitation with the
artifacts borne of information technologies.
It falls to our discipline to help the world to understand and meet the ever
new challenges, and to develop and exploit the ever new opportunities.
As a leading journal in the field, JMIS has always aimed to meet the
expanding role of IT with the expansion of the profile of our IS
discipline. Our scholarly field seeks to
understand how systems can be
organized, developed, and deployed effectively to manage information and knowledge toward specified
outcomes, in order to support organizations, marketplaces, and products. Within
this disciplinary commitment, we should range widely, I believe. The breadth of our scope should be matched by
methodological pluralism, necessary to advance our knowledge and to advance our
Several important sub-fields and research
streams of IS have originated with the scholarly work published in JMIS.
Among the more important are
these: scholarly assessment of the business value of information systems, real
options theory in IS, design science, negotiation support systems, and service
science. We have been the early champion
of economics research in our field and our authors have been consistently moving
the needle in collaboration systems. Our recent initiatives include the
innovative special issue on neuroscience and IS research, currently being completed
by its authoritative Guest Editorial Board.
As IT moves to the ever new frontiers, we shall reach out across disciplinary
boundaries to understand and develop the capabilities of information systems
built around this technology conglomeration.
top-ranked generalist journal, JMIS publishes
works that make a significant novel contribution to the field of IS. The thought leadership by our authors has
been affirmed by numerous external distinctions, including the AIS
Best-Paper-of-the-Year awards and the recent Prix Académique de la
Recherche en Management-2013.
thanks go to the entire IS community for the support JMIS has received over its first three decades. For all of us to
share in the celebration, we have prepared a "JMIS Dozen,” a virtual
special issue of twelve papers that illustrate the trajectory of our field and
of the Journal. You will find it at www.mesharpe.com/JMIS30years.htm.
move on to the 4th decade of JMIS.