Webster, J., & Watson, R. T. (2002). Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS Quarterly, 26(2), xiii-xxiii.

“Because IS is an interdisciplinary field straddling other disciplines, you often must look not only within the IS discipline when reviewing and developing theory but also outside the field” [xvi].

Here’s where our interdisciplinary nature can bite us: to effectively review the literature, we can’t just read a few good IS journals or even scan all of the IS journals; we need to keep an eye out for relevant research in all related fields. Research on various IT-industry issues could pop up in any number of journals in economics, marketing, management, even engineering and psychology. If we’re really going to be interdisciplinary, we have to do a lot of reading. That just means we have to be smarter than everyone else.

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