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Are we on the right track? an update to Lyytinen et al.’s commentary on why the old world cannot publish

Mettler, Tobias; Sunyaev, Ali


In a thought-provoking paper published in EJIS more than a decade ago, Lyytinen and colleagues asked the question, why does the “old world” perform poorly in high academic impact publishing? This triggered a lively debate on the epistemological and methodological traditions, preferences, and research practices of Europeans versus North Americans that has lasted until today. Is it still true, we asked ourselves, that European scholars generate less academic impact than their North American colleagues? Is the European research context indeed disadvantageous for developing high academic impact research? In this paper, we set out to explore these questions by analysing the Google Scholar profiles of 1713 IS researchers from all over the world. Our findings show that Northern and Western European scholars no longer seem to differ significantly from their North American peers, even though the different research contexts still exercise a certain level of influence. However, is this a development the “old world” desires? We provide an assessment and some suggestions for the future of European IS research.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000136258
Veröffentlicht am 09.08.2021
DOI: 10.1080/0960085X.2021.1940324
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0960-085X, 1476-9344
KITopen-ID: 1000136258
Erschienen in European journal of information systems
Verlag Taylor and Francis
Seiten 1–14
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 18.06.2021
Schlagwörter Academic impact, IS field, publishing, scientometrics
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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