This paper attempts to place research on computer-based information systems in perspective. The interdisciplinary nature of the information systems field is stressed. A conceptual framework to classify and guide research on computer-based information systems is proposed based on a continuum anchored at either extremity by the fields of organization behavior and computer science. Major research issues in each of five topic areas on the continuum are discussed along with examples of existing research on each issue. Various research designs are suggested and related to the five topic areas. Hopefully this and other such frameworks will help organize and stimulate the research needed to develop the information systems field.