An academic community doesn’t need a unifying paradigm in order to exist, but it does need a shared identity (Kuhn 1962). Reflecting on the past few days at the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), we do indeed have a shared identity: the study of unique problems arising at the nexus of people, information systems, and organizations.
In the environmental sustainability space, this means, for example, examining information processing requirements and capabilities arising in the context of advanced information systems supporting the smart grid (Corbett 2011), and the role of energy informatics and social competition on energy conservation behavior (Yim 2011).
Corbett, Jacqueline, “Demand Management in the Smart Grid: An Information Processing Perspective” (2011). AMCIS 2011 Proceedings – All Submissions. Paper 110.
Kuhn, T. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions The University of Chicago Press, 1962.
Yim, Dobin, “Tale of Two Green Communities: Energy Informatics and Social Competition on Energy Conservation Behavior” (2011).AMCIS 2011 Proceedings – All Submissions. Paper 475.