An analysis of research in computing disciplines

An interesting article appeared in the communications of the ACM comparing the nature of topics in the disciplines computer science (CS), software engineering (SE) and information systems (IS) (Glass, Ramesh, and Vessey, 2004)

Topic Categories
CS
SE
IS
Examples
Problem-Solving Concepts 14.7% 5.9% 5.9% Algorithms, artificial intelligence
Computer Concepts 28.7% 10.9% 0.0% Hardware principles, operating systems
System/software Concepts 19.1% 54.8% 6.4% System architecture, system security, software life cycle
Data/information Concepts 15.4% 7.6% 3.0% Data structures, information retrieval, data analysis
Problem domain-specific Concepts 21.5% 2.7% 6.4% Bioinformatics, decision support systems, edutainment
System/software management Concepts 11.5% 6.8% Project management, process management
Organizational Concepts 0.3% 1.9% 65.6% Organizational structure, strategy, business process reengineering, IT implementation, change management
Societal concepts 0.3% 1.4% Cultural/legal/ethical/political implications
Disciplinary issues 3.5% 4.3% „Computing“ research, „Computing“ curriculum/teaching

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