Information Systems Research Behaviors: What Are the Normative Standards?

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Information systems researchers frequently face quandaries in their professional lives. We present the results of a study of academic IS researchers that assesses their judgments and the prevalence of 29 questionable research-related behaviors. We find that the focus and stages of researchers’ careers influence their judgments of these behaviors. Membership in the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and adherence to the AIS Code of Research Conduct are also associated with IS researchers’ judgments. There is strong evidence to suggest that IS researchers expect to engage in questionable behaviors more in the future than they report having done in the past. As a result of the study, we recommend that the IS community revisit the AIS Code of Research Conduct on a regular basis and take active steps to both educate its members on professional normative standards and to uphold the standards of our community.
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Author Gove N. Allen, Nicholas L. Ball, and H. Jeff Smith
Year 2011
Volume 35
Issue 3
Keywords Normative standards, information systems research, Code of Research Conduct, survey
Page Numbers 533-551
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