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  • 1 Faculty of Business, Athabasca University, 1 University Drive, Athabasca, AB, T9S 3A3, Canada
  • | 2 Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Rd., Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1, Canada aserenko@lakeheadu.ca
  • | 3 Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, California State University, Fullerton, P.O. Box 6848, Fullerton, CA, 92834-6848, USA oturel@fullerton.edu
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Abstract

This study examines the identity and development of the management information systems (MIS) field through a scientometric lens applied to three major global, regional and national conferences: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) and Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference (ASAC). It adapts the conference stakeholder approach to the construction of the identity of the MIS discipline and analyzes the proceedings of these three conferences. The findings suggest that the MIS field has been evolving in terms of collaborative research and scholarly output and has been gradually moving towards academic maturity. The leading MIS conference contributors tend to establish loyalty to a limited number of academic meetings. At the same time, relatively low levels of repeat publication in the proceedings of ICIS, PACIS and ASAC were observed. It was suggested that Lotka's and Yule-Simon's bibliometric laws may be applied to measure and predict the degree of conference delegate loyalty.

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