Creating high-value real-world impact through systematic programs of research

Jay F. Nunamaker, Nathan W. Twyman, Justin Scott Giboney, Robert O. Briggs

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An ongoing conversation in the Information Systems literature addresses the concern, "How can we conduct research that makes a difference?" A shortage of high-impact research will, over time, challenge the identity and weaken the viability of IS as an academic discipline. This paper presents the systematic high-impact research model (SHIR), an approach to conducting high-impact research. SHIR embodies the insight gained from three streams of high-impact research programs spanning more than 50 years. The SHIR framework rests on the proposition that IS researchers can produce higher-impact contributions by developing long-term research programs around major real-world issues, as opposed to ad hoc projects addressing a small piece of a large problem. These persistent research programs focus on addressing the entirety of an issue, by leveraging multidisciplinary, multiuniversity research centers that employ a breadth of research methods and largescale projects. To function effectively, SHIR programs must be sustained by academic and practitioner partnerships, research centers, and outreach activities. We argue that SHIR research programs increase the likelihood of high impact research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-351
Number of pages17
JournalMIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • IS research methodology
  • Multidisciplinary research
  • Multimethodological research
  • Research impact
  • Research transition
  • SHIR
  • Systematic high-impact research model
  • Value of IS research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management


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