Fragmentation or cohesion? Visualizing the process and consequences of information system diversity, 1993-2012

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Researchers

  • Yong Liu

  • Hongxiu Li
  • Jorge Goncalves
  • Vassilis Kostakos
  • Bei Xiao

Research units

  • University of Oulu
  • University of Turku
  • Åbo Akademi University

Abstract

In information systems (IS) literature, there is ongoing debate as to whether the field has become fragmented and lost its identity in response to the rapid changes of the field. The paper contributes to this discussion by providing quantitative measurement of the fragmentation or cohesiveness level of the field. A co-word analysis approach aiding in visualization of the intellectual map of IS is applied through application of clustering analysis, network maps, strategic diagram techniques, and graph theory for a collection of 47,467 keywords from 9551 articles, published in 10 major IS journals and the proceedings of two leading IS conferences over a span of 20 years, 1993 through 2012. The study identified the popular, core, and bridging topics of IS research for the periods 1993-2002 and 2003-2012. Its results show that research topics and subfields underwent substantial change between those two periods and the field became more concrete and cohesive, increasing in density. Findings from this study suggest that the evolution of the research topics and themes in the IS field should be seen as part of the natural metabolism of the field, rather than a process of fragmentation or disintegration.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-533
Number of pages25
JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Volume25
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • co-word analysis, bibliometric study, information systems, identity, cohesion, CO-WORD ANALYSIS, COCITATION ANALYSIS, IDENTITY CRISIS, STEM-CELLS, NETWORKS, DISCIPLINE, TRENDS, FIELD, MIS, ACIDIFICATION

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