09/06/2013 10:07 AM
BATON ROUGE – Rudolf Hirschheim, Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information
Systems, was awarded the 2012 Best Paper Award by the Journal of the Association of
Information Systems. Hirschheim’s paper, “A Glorious and Not-So-Short History of the
Information Systems Field,” was co-written with Heinz Klein and covers the more than
40-year history of the information systems discipline. The authors speculate about
the potential value of consolidating the history among the information systems community.
“This is a seminal work that investigates and reflects about the intellectual developments
and the constitution of the IS field,” Hirschheim said. “It is a rare attempt to make
sense of the field’s history and to provide an illuminating view of the field’s origins
and how it emerged through different eras.”
According to the paper’s nominating citation, the work “makes a particular contribution
to the understanding of the IS discipline and its body of knowledge, to differentiating
the IS from other disciplines and to building IS identity. Furthermore, the paper
engages in exploring alternative visions for the future of the IS disciplines, and
invites us to join the discourse and co-create our future and not wait for it to happen
Hirschheim will have the opportunity to receive his award at the 2013 International
Conference on Information Systems, which will be held in Milano, Italy, from Dec.
According to its website, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems,
the flagship journal of the Association for Information Systems, publishes the highest
quality scholarship in the field of information systems. It is inclusive in topics,
level and unit of analysis, theory, method and philosophical and research approach,
reflecting all aspects of information systems globally. The journal promotes innovative,
interesting and rigorously developed conceptual and empirical contributions and encourages
theory based multi- or inter-disciplinary research.
The Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College
of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for
its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department
to assist organizations with issues related to business analytics and business intelligence,
as well as innovation and technological change, as well as offer enhanced career opportunities
for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts of its diverse faculty have resulted
in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana.
Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013