The space industry has experienced rapid development over the last few years. Activities such as building things in space, learning about our Earth and exploring outer space are satisfying people's fantasies and achieving humanity's ambitions. Such activities have also generated many issues that belong to several information systems (IS) research domains. In this article, the authors discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the space economy.
The authors discuss why the emerging space economy opens a new frontier of e-commerce and data analytics. Linking three important IS research areas (i.e. digital commerce, data analytics and information security) to the space economy, this study motivates scholars to pay close attention to this promising new frontier for IS research.
The authors identify new research opportunities within several IS research contexts (digital commerce, data analytics and information security). The authors highlight the potential for opening a robust, interdisciplinary field in the IS domain that could provide valuable insights for practitioners and academics.
Because of the unique characteristics of the space economy, this article presents some promising avenues, research opportunities and implications for several IS fields (digital commerce, data analytics, decision science, information sharing and information security and new business models). Indeed, many opportunities are interdisciplinary in scope, with overlaps occurring between IS and other disciplines.
Funding: Generous financial support was provided by the National Natural Science Foundation of China [grant numbers 71872061] and the Key Program of NSFC-FRQSC Joint Project (NSFC No. 72061127002, FRQSC No. 295837). This work is partially supported by Shenzhen Humanities and Social Sciences Key Research Bases.
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Lei, Y., Guo, Y., Li, X. and Jing, Z. (2023), "Space economy: a new frontier of information systems, analytics and digital commerce", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 123 No. 2, pp. 616-629. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-05-2022-0316
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