Information Systems Research and Academic Societies in Japan: an Overview

Osam Sato, Takeshi Kosaka, Paul Turner

Abstract


Japanese information systems (IS) research and the activities and foci of Japanese IS
academic societies remain relatively unknown outside of Japan. A number of obstacles
including structural and linguistic factors inhibit the smooth transfer and exchange of knowledge
between Japanese IS researchers and international colleagues. There is also a lack of research
exploring these factors and their consequences. This paper seeks to contribute to addressing
both these issues. It commences with an empirical comparative analysis of the research foci of
IS researchers in Japan and in the USA, and highlights a marked structural difference with
Japanese IS researchers engaged in a more diverse range of activities than their USA
counterparts. Using interviews these results are discussed with leading Japanese IS
researchers and insights generated in relation IS academic societies and the characteristics and
factors influencing Japanese IS research and its under-representation in the international IS
community.

Keywords


IS Research; Japan; Academic Society; national characteristics

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Sato, O., Kosaka, T., Turner, P. (2009). " Information Systems Research and Academic Societies in Japan: an Overview "Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 1(2), pp.53-71.