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Grisold, Thomas ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6126-1488; Kremser, Waldemar; Mendling, Jan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7260-524X; Recker, Jan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2072-5792; Vom Brocke, Jan and Wurm, Bastian ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1002-5397 (2023): Keeping pace with the digital age: Envisioning information systems research as a platform. In: Journal of Information Technology, Vol. 38, No. 1: pp. 60-66 [PDF, 591kB]


In this paper, we respond to Grover and Lyytinen (2022). We agree with them that the advent of the digital age is calling for a reconsideration of the role of theory and theorizing. We also think their proposal does not go far enough. The time is ripe to question the role of theory in our field more fundamentally. We propose to instead focus on establishing IS research as a platform through which we can collect, organize, and provide access to digital trace data from various sources to analyze contemporary socio-technical phenomena. We believe that such a move allows us to more fully unleash the unique socio-technical competences of our field in the digital age.

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