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Investigation into the first decade of AIS best publications awards

(20 July 2017)

Dr Shahla Ghobadi, Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), has had an article published in The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, which academics and research students may find useful as a guide to developing high quality research.

The paper, co-authored with a colleague in Atlanta, US, discusses the role of awards in shaping academics’ fields. Through the study of the ten-year history of the Academy of Management and Association for Information Systems (AIS) award-winning ‘Best Publications’ articles, Shahla and Daniel Robey develop a model that explains how best paper awards can shape research patterns.

Shahla said: “Professional organisations for academics, such as the AIS, create best publications awards to honour and promote exemplary contributions that align with the core values and priorities of their distinct fields.

“Our analyses reveal consistent patterns in award-winning articles. Abstracting from the results, we develop a theoretical model that explains both how best publications awards bestowed by a professional organisation  shape patterns over time, and discusses what changes might be needed as the field confronts new realities.”