Opinion Piece Style Papers
There have been a number of papers in this mode which have been quite popular, achieving reasonable citation levels. These include:
Papers on the identity of the IS field:
Adam, F. and Fitzgerald, B. (2000) The status of the IS field: historical perspective and practical orientation, Information Research, Vol. 5, No. 4.
Bacon, J. and Fitzgerald, B. (2001) A systemic framework for the field of information systems, Data Base, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 46-67.
Fitzgerald b (2008) Don’t Replicate, Obliterate! (http://www.csis.ul.ie/staff/BF/dont-replicate-obliterate.htm) Need to fix format and get a new address for this
This is based on a panel at the 2008 European Conference on Information Systems (comprising Dick Baskerville, Brian Fitzgerald, Bob Galliers (Chair), Kalle Lyytinen and Cathy Urquhart), which discussed old v. new world publishing patterns.
Papers on Research Methods
Fitzgerald, B. and Howcroft, D. (1998) Towards Dissolution of the IS Research Debate: From Polarisation to Polarity, Journal of Information Technology, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 313-326
(This paper won an Anbar Citation of Excellence Award)
Oates, B and Fitzgerald, B (2007) Multi-metaphor method: organisational metaphors in information systems development, Information Systems Journal, Vol 17, No. 4, pp.421-450