APJIS Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems


The Journal for Information Professionals

Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems (APJIS), a Scopus and ABDC indexed journal, is a
flagship journal of the information systems (IS) field in the Asia Pacific region.

ISSN 2288-5404 (Print) / ISSN 2288-6818 (Online)

Editor : Seung Hyun Kim

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Date March 2024
Vol. No. Vol. 34 No. 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.14329/apjis.2024.34.1.49
Page 49~90
Title Leveraging and Fostering Diversity in the IS Discipline: Intradisciplinary Knowledge Building via the IT View-IS Phenomenon (VP) Matrix
Author Inchan Kim, Jama Summers
Keyword IS Discipline, Intellectual Diversity, IT Views, Is Phenomenon, Research Domains
Abstract Intradisciplinary research refers to research that integrates ideas often associated with different research domains in a discipline. Such cross-fertilization leverages abundant diversity present in the IS discipline to tackle increasingly complex IS problems and grand challenges. Despite its importance and recent attention, a concerted, sustained effort toward intradisciplinary research is lagging. A fundamental issue we see is a lack of an elaborate IS research map that effectively shows similarities and differences among research domains and demonstrates types of ideas that may travel and integrate into different domains. We thus aim to propose an elaborate IS research map and compile research elements that can be tried and combined across research domains. To do so, we utilize two IS classics (i.e., IT views and IS phenomena), identify their complementarity, and interweave the two disparate ways of portraying the IS research field. The resultant view-phenomenon (VP) matrix specifies research domains based on two consistent, comprehensive criteria and helps researchers discern similarities and differences among research domains more effectively. The VP matrix also sheds light on a variety of research elements that can flow across research domains. The VP matrix along with the research elements together facilitate intradisciplinary efforts and, more broadly, help the IS discipline to prosper. The VP matrix is particularly helpful for doctoral students and young scholars.

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