In this keynote address, I'll share some thoughts about the information systems field. I see three dilemmas confronting our field. They are:
· The rigor versus relevance dilemma.
· The “reference discipline” versus “independent discipline” dilemma.
· The technology versus behavior dilemma.
These problems have been lurking in the background for the past twenty or twenty-five years, but sooner or later, they'll emerge on the critical path of the development of our IS field. I'm recommending three lessons as a collective remedy for the three problems. These lessons aren’t new. Other scholars have already proposed them in one or another context. But, in my opinion, these three lessons have been forgotten, lost, ignored, or not even understood in the first place. The lessons from the past are:
· Enact true systems thinking.
· Enact design science.
· Enact paradigms.
Before I jump into a detailed discussion of the three dilemmas and the three lessons, I believe I should share some introductory remarks about myself, which I hope will clarify the perspective that I bring.