Dr. Fred Niederman serves as Shaughnessy Endowed Professor at Saint Louis University. He was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems in 2020. He serves as editor in chief for Communications of AIS. His work has been recognized as a ‘publication of the year’ by AIS in 2015 and inaugural Communications of AIS, Paul Gray thought-provoking paper of the year in 2014. His areas of research interest include: IS personnel, IS project management, and philosophy of science applied to IS. He is recognized as a member of the “circle of compadres” for the KMPG PhD Project.
The IS field has the opportunity to address a new range of questions and phenomena by expanding its attention to process. In this discussion, I plan to address how a particular view of theory can stimulate a process view; what process generally consists of presenting a typology or taxonomy of identified process types. I also plan to examine why process is a pervasive aspect of phenomena relevant to IS knowledge accumulation in particular. Throughout I argue that process theory opens up a new realm of questions that can rejuvenate the IS field and reconnect academia and practice.