Benbasat, I., & Zmud, R. W. (2003). The identity crisis within the IS discipline: Defining and communicating the discipline’s core properties. MIS Quarterly, 27(2), 183-194.

Cognitive legitimacy = it exists
Sociopolitical legitimacy = it should exist (we’ll fund it, publish it, etc.)

The first Benbasat article (with Myers) must have worn me out. “The Identity Crisis…” didn’t add to my understanding of the problem, only reframed the same concerns as the previous article. The moral of this article: don’t forget the info systems in your info systems research.

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