What sort of community is the European conference on information systems? A social network analysis 1993-2005

Richard Vidgen, Stephan Henneberg, Peter Naudé

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Abstract

This paper presents a social network analysis (SNA) of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) community based on patterns of co-authorship. ECIS contributions are separated into research papers and panels to create social networks that are then analyzed using a range of global network level and individual ego (co-author, panellist) measures. The research community is found to have few properties of the 'small world' and to represent an agglomeration of co-authorships. The panels network has the properties of a 'small world' and displays a stronger sense of social cohesion. An analysis of individual actors (egos) provides insight into who is central to the ECIS community. Based on the SNA, a range of possible interventions are proposed that could aid the future development of the ECIS community. The paper concludes by considering the usefulness of SNA as a method to support IS research. © 2007 Operational Research Society Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-19
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Information Systems
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

Keywords

  • Co-authorship
  • Information systems
  • Social network analysis

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