JAIS Awards Rudolf Hirschheim 2012 Best Paper Award
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 to us.”
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. 15-18.
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.