Management Information Systems Research Networks: Creating and Sharing Diverse Knowledge

Jyun-cheng Wang, Gary Klein, James J. Jiang, Paul Cheney

Abstract


Certain social science fields have studied their knowledge sharing ability by examining social
networks of authorships. The main point is to determine if the discipline has grown in a fashion
that encourages effective sharing of diverse knowledge and the creation of new knowledge from
the different subgenres that inhabit their field. Researchers in Management Information
Systems have shown a great deal of concern for how their discipline has grown. Many fear a
form of fragmentation due to a lack of communication across subgenres. Others are concerned
that the discipline is methodologically bound, theories do not disseminate rapidly, or ideas
cannot permeate tight knit clusters. We apply social network analysis to examine whether or
not ideas can be transferred rapidly or created effectively via established authorship patterns
that avoid the concerns. We find that networks are in place that are effective for knowledge
sharing, but the field can still make strides in building networks that enable combining diverse
ideas into new ideas.

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Wang, J. C., Klein, G., Jiang, J. J., Cheney, P. (2009). " Management Information Systems Research Networks: Creating and Sharing Diverse Knowledge "Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 1(1), pp.55-80.