Criteria and Recommendations for IS Research that Bridges the Academic-Practitioner Gap

AbstractIndustry practitioners deal with complex and fast-moving information system (IS) related challenges. IS academic researchers generate substantive theoretical outputs dealing with many of these challenges. Unfortunately, practitioners rarely make use of this academic research. This represents a serious gap that has negative consequences for academics and practitioners alike. This paper identifies aspects of the academic-practitioner gap and describes five criteria (value, velocity, visibility, voice, and verifiability) that researchers may use throughout the research process to increase the likelihood of creating research outputs that will be used by practitioners. These criteria are linked to three approaches for conducting research most likely to impact practitioners – direct creation of practitioner content, translation of scholarly research and co-production. We close with specific recommendations for IS academics to overcome the gap.

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