We are glad to receive Richard T.Watson on october 30, 2018 for his conference : The efficient knowledge market !
The value of research can be measured by different criteria such as their aesthetic, scholarly, and practical utility. In this conceptual paper, we argue that generating outcomes that are of utility to practitioners is a challenging task: In a fast-changing digital economy there is an efficient knowledge market where memes about technologies and methods that are of competitive value spread quickly, and where IS research is often relegated to explaining what practice already knows. While such reporting yields explanatory theory of scholarly utility, the results might not always be of practical value. Understanding how an efficient knowledge market works can help us identify research problems that can generate results of practical utility. We suggest three strategies for the IS field. First, to develop grand theory that is applicable to emergent phenomena across contexts and time and can thus transcend particular innovations. Second, to move into interesting territory by studying the impact of new memes beyond the defined boundary conditions in both intended and unintended ways. Third, to more often be a meme generator, rather than a meme analyzer or reporter.
From Richard T. Watson's website :
I was educated at the University of Western Australia (B Sc and Dip Comp), Monash University (MBA), and the University of Minnesota (Ph D). In Australia, I taught at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, where I founded the Department of Information Systems. I am a visiting researcher at RISE Viktoria in Göteborg, Sweden and co-international coordinator for the Addis Ababa University PhD in IS. In 2006, I was appointed a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. In 2011, I received the Association for Information Systems' LEO award, which is given for exceptional life time achievement in Information Systems.
The University of Georgia has been very supportive of my academic career, and I have published over 180 articles in leading academic and practitioner journals, written or edited more than 10 books (including a data management text book and the first book on Energy Informatics). I have served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly and was co-conference chair for International Conference on Information Systems 2004 and Americas Conference on Information Systems 2014. I have been President of the Association for Information Systems.
My current research interests are ecological sustainability, energy informatics, and information systems leadership. I collaborate with researchers in several countries.