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Vive les differences?: developing a profile of European information systems research as a basis for international comparisons

By Edgar A. Whitley and Robert D. Galliers

Abstract

The information systems (IS) community is truly international, yet there is often a sense that different elements of the community have different profiles in terms of their research and publication expectations. This paper contributes to this discussion by developing a profile of European IS research that can be used as a basis for international comparisons. It reflects on European research on IS as presented during the first 10 years of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Based on an analysis of all papers published in the ECIS proceedings during the period 1993–2002, the paper presents the key characteristics of the ECIS conferences, together with a profile of European IS research activity as presented at ECIS. In particular, it highlights the key references and sources used by researchers presenting papers at ECIS. It articulates the research areas presented at ECIS and explores the claim that European IS draws more on social theories than elsewhere. Its contribution in presenting a profile of European research in the IS field lies in identifying particular characteristics of the European style of research that can be compared to that undertaken in other parts of the world

Topics: T Technology (General)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000662
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:14883
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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