oa Alternation - Those who can, do, and those who cannot, teach

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The paper explores the relationship between universities and industry and the opportunities available to academics doing research in Information Systems (IS) field in the event of creating and maintaining a successful relationship. In order for such a relationship to stand any chance of success, both parties have to benefit explicitly or the relationship will not be sustainable. It is therefore important to understand the differences and similarities that exist between universities and industry. In this respect the driving forces, focus areas, management styles, metrics, rewards and penalties of universities and industry are explored for similarities and differences. The analysis of a typical day in the life of the IS academic and a day in the life of a Chief Information Officer (CIO), is used to highlight the differences between a typical IS academic (representing university IS teaching and research) and a typical IS practitioner (representing people practising IS in industry).

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