Major Industries in Information Systems Research: A Quantitative Analysis on the NAICS Codes in Article Meta-Data

Kabasakal İ.

4. Uluslararası Yönetim Bilişim Sistemleri Konferansı, İstanbul, Turkey, 17 - 20 October 2017, pp.101

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.101


This study aims to explore the industries addressed within keywords provided in Information Systems (IS) publications. IS field is highly relevant to the business environment. In particular, industries and IT artifacts in businesses are covered as much as IT topics in IS studies. Moreover, the industry concept is regarded as a context that bounds IS theories. However, there is a shortage of quantitative studies that aim to figure out the major industries recently focused by IS researchers. To provide an overview of industries mentioned in IS research; the keyword data was collected from top IS journals. 22 IS journals available on EBSCO Online Research Database were involved in the study. Subsequently, keywords that match the industries defined in NAICS were marked. A publication that includes at least one NAICS keyword was assumed relevant to the corresponding industry. In the results, top-20 industries were revealed as the focal industries of IS research. Moreover, the annual count of IS studies for each sector was presented for the period 1997-2016.