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The field of information systems (IS) faces a credibility crisis, which threatens its stature as a highly-respected academic discipline (Firth, King, Koch, Looney, Pavlou, and Trauth, 2011; Winter and Butler, 2011; among others). This article summarizes a panel discussion at the ICIS 2011 Conference, where a group of distinguished IS professors offered their unique perspectives on the challenges, origins, and solutions related to the global credibility crisis in IS. Using stakeholder theory as an organizing framework, the panel session identifies the key stakeholders influencing the credibility of the IS discipline, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing IS programs worldwide.


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Clayton A. Looney, David Firth, Hope Kock, Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, J.J. Po-An Hsieh, Christina Soh, Joseph Valacich, and Edgar Whitley, “The Credibility Crisis in IS: A Global Stakeholder Perspective,” Communications of the AIS, 2014, 34(1), pp. 1175-1189.