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The Information Systems Genealogy Project

Monday, June 3, 2019   (5 Comments)
Posted by: Adeline Border

As part of ICIS 2019 and the AIS 25th Anniversary, the association is excited to be creating an interactive family tree of members of the field of information systems. This tree will show how all of those in IS are connected through their research.

To be debuted at ICIS 2019 in Munich, the family tree will allow members to view the web of connections the field of IS holds.

In order to make this possible, ICIS volunteers are seeking input from all who have participated in an IS doctoral program. Please take a few moments to complete the form with Doctoral Chairperson name as well as the names and emails of committee members who were integral in your dissertation. Each contact added to the form will be emailed and asked for permission to be published. Participation is voluntary.

Celebrate information systems by helping us build a genealogy of our field. Complete the form here. 


Niels Bjorn-Andersen says...
Posted Sunday, July 7, 2019
I concur with the comments made below by Welke and Meyrs My Ph.D thesis is from 1973, and it was the first PhD in IS in Denmark. Accordingly, the form is irrelevant. I had an OB supervisor and a committee consisting of a professor in Microeconomics, a professor in OB and a CEO from industry. My main inspiration came from people like Russ Ackoff, West Churchman, Börje Langefors, Enid Mumford and Scott Morton. It would be much more relevant to ask me about the name of the 35 PhD students that I have graduated. You are asking about antecedents, but why not ask about descendants? Then you could compare the two to establish a proper linking
Michael D. Myers says...
Posted Thursday, June 13, 2019
I agree with all the comments below. I was going to fill out the form but then discovered it doesn't have the capability to reflect my own intellectual journey in information systems. I suggest a re-thinking might be in order along the lines of what Richard suggests below. That is, questions along the lines of "who influenced your initial research the most, that you were directly engaged with." These sorts of questions are much more relevant to me than questions related to my doctoral program, which wasn't in IS in any case. The current version of the form is irrelevant for me. Good luck with the project.
Richard Welke says...
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019
While I applaud this effort, as noted below/above it’s both US-centric and non-reflective of the early PhD processes in this area (before IS became a “discipline”) per se. I began my PhD pursuit in 1967 when there was almost nothing in this area. Dissertation committees, aside from the chair, are likely not reflective of influencers. They’re chosen for other reasons (connections, willing to go along, political necessity, etc.). The better question might be who influenced your initial research the most, that you were directly engaged with. Also, there’s two genealogies needed. This is one, but also the institutions (societies, journals, etc) we rely upon for publication and/or public forums. What are their genealogy? Where, when and who spent the time/effort to bring them into existence? ICIS (pka CIS) and IFIP 8.2 are two I can name. But there’s others such as ISR (Burt Swanson) and the several Management Science and ACM sub-groups. Without these, IS wouldn’t academically exist today.
Diane Strode says...
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019
I agree with Edgar Whitley, In non-USA countries, there are a variety of different ways that supervision and examination of the PhD are organised that just don't seem to fit this USA-centric form.
Edgar A. Whitley says...
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Given the diverse nature of PhD education across the AIS global community it would be helpful to have some guidance on how individuals who don't have a dissertation committee "who attended your thesis presentation" should complete the form.

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