Weber, R. (2003). Editor’s comments: Still desperately seeking the IT artifact. MIS Quarterly, 27(2), iii-xi.

Weber offers a forthright discussion of his views and the disagreement within the IS ranks. Of particular interest is Weber’s mention that Orlikowski and Iacono generated a great deal of discussion with their 2001 paper (on whose title Weber bases his own title here). Metaresearch like Orlikowski and Iacono (2001) might be considered navel-gazing, but in this case, their paper addressed and provoked sustained discussion about the nature and future of the discipline. Orlikowski and Iacono (2001) thus stands as an example of research performing an important service for the discipline.