More companies are realizing that information systems is a powerful driver of innovation for their companies, thanks to IT’s ability to develop technology-oriented solutions to new business problems. Keeping this discipline relevant in a time of great advances in intelligent machines remains a priority for companies large and small.

Curriculum report

Information systems has long been considered a technical business domain, but the advent of new technologies — and new academic programs to teach them — means there’s some sorting out for this discipline.

The enormous context for variations, the different competencies of schools and faculty, and the technical nature of the discipline means it’s challenging to document what’s state of the art. More than 70 percent of surveyed courses include an emphasis on big data, but from there, it quickly gets more diverse, with representation including automation, algorithms and blockchain, among others.

This task force is currently surveying industry leaders for an assessment of future needs in the information systems area. It will then produce recommendations for the MaCuDE steering committee.

Task force leader: Kalle Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Lyytinen is distinguished university professor and Iris S. Wolstein professor of management design at Case Western Reserve University, and a distinguished visiting professor at Aalto University, Finland. He is among the top five information systems scholars in terms of his h-index (91), and he has the highest network centrality among IS scholars. He is the LEO Award recipient (2013), AIS fellow (2004), and the former chair of IFIP WG 8.2 “Information Systems and Organizations.” He has published more than 400 refereed articles and edited or written more than 30 books or special issues. He conducts research on digital innovation concerning its nature, dynamics and organization, design work, requirements in large systems, and emergence digital infrastructures.