Where's the competitive advantage in strategic information systems research? Making the case for boundary-spanning research based on the German business and information systems engineering tradition

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Author(s)

  • Hans Ulrich Buhl
  • Gilbert Fridgen
  • Wolfgang König
  • Maximilian Röglinger
  • Christian Wagner

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-178
Journal / PublicationJournal of Strategic Information Systems
Volume21
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Abstract

During the last decades, strategic information systems (SIS) research has become an influential stream within the information systems discipline. The success story of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems provides strong evidence. Yet, we believe that there is still a lot of untapped potential in the interaction of SIS research and industry. Put bluntly, it is impossible that results of SIS research are publicly available, reconstructable by subject matter experts, and valid beyond the single or very few cases and at the same time constitute the foundation of competitive advantage. We argue that SIS researchers need to become boundary spanners who actively engage in industry collaboration to help create competitive advantage and who disseminate their insights later on to advance the scientific knowledge base. We outline challenges of boundary-spanning SIS research and provide some ideas and recommendations. Wherever sensible, we draw on our experiences from the traditionally strong industry collaboration of the business and information systems engineering community from the German-speaking countries. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Boundary-spanning, Business and information systems engineering, Competitive advantage, Industry, Strategic information systems research

Citation Format(s)

Where's the competitive advantage in strategic information systems research? Making the case for boundary-spanning research based on the German business and information systems engineering tradition. / Buhl, Hans Ulrich; Fridgen, Gilbert; König, Wolfgang; Röglinger, Maximilian; Wagner, Christian.

In: Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Vol. 21, No. 2, 06.2012, p. 172-178.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review