Literature reviews in IS research: What can be learnt from the past and other fields?

Guido Schryen, Alexander Benlian, Frantz Rowe, Shirley Gregor, Kai Larsen, Stacie Petter, Guy Paré, Gerit Wagner, Steffi Haag, Emrah Yasasin

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Literature reviews (LRs) are recognized for their increasing impact in the information systems literature. Methodologists have drawn attention to the question of how we can leverage the value of LRs to preserve and generate knowledge. The panelists who participated in the discussion of “Standalone Literature Reviews in IS Research: What Can Be Learnt from the Past and Other Fields?” at ICIS 2016 in Dublin acknowledged this significant issue and debated 1) what the IS field can learn from other fields and where IS-specific challenges occur, 2) how the IS field should move forward to foster the genre of LRs, and 3) the best practices to train doctoral IS students in publishing LRs. This paper reports the key takeaways of this panel discussion. We provide guidance for IS scholars on how to conduct LRs that contribute to the cumulative knowledge development in and across the IS field to best prepare the next generation of IS scholars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number30
Pages (from-to)759-774
Number of pages16
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Doctoral training
  • Literature review
  • Research methodology
  • Review methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems


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