This practice track has run for a number of years at ICIS. Unfortunately, many submissions are rejected because they are far from meeting the criteria for acceptance at MISQ Executive. We are not just seeking research with strong relevance for practitioners, but manuscripts that are written in a way that makes them easily accessible to such a reader. This means that any accepted manuscript will not follow the traditional “rules” of writing for an academic audience.
If you are not a regular reader of MISQE articles we would advise you to read a few so as to get a sense of their style, structure, focus and content. Some general guidelines for writing such articles include:
- Simplify reality, but don’t be simplistic
- Keep theory and methodology in the background (perhaps include your methods in an appendix, but write it so that it is accessible to non-academic readers).
- Use literature and in-depth evidence to give credibility and generalizability.
Typically, such articles loosely follow this structure:
Short lead in
Motivate the practitioner reader in 2-3 sentences. Why should they read the article? What you write should resonate closely with them; perhaps it is a problem that they recognize that you are now going to help them solve.
Short introduction to topic
Frame the topic of the article. Use footnotes rather than traditional academic referencing style when using prior research.
Extensive research findings
Use headings and figures/tables to communicate findings. Address solutions to managerial challenges. Present lessons learned from the research and recommendations.
Actionable guidelines include action verbs, not passive verbs like “understand,” “assess, “think,” or “get commitment.” Tell the reader what to actually do, or what to change. For example, if getting commitment is important, say how to get the required level of commitment.
Present an overview of research methods. Remember to write in a way that is accessible to an academic audience unfamiliar with the nuances of academic research.