Track Descriptions

Accounting Information Systems (SIGASYS)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. Associate Professor Scott Boss, Bentley University, SBoss@Bentley.edu
  2. Professor Fiona Rohde, University of Queensland, f.rohde@law.uq.edu.au

Description of Proposed Track:

The Accounting Information Systems track highlights research that focuses on the link between accounting and information systems, including topics that range from IT governance to interorganizational information systems and draws from a variety of disciplines like accounting, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, behavioral science, economics, politics, computer science, and information technology.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

Minitrack 1: General Accounting Information Systems:
Accounting information systems (AIS) research focuses on the link between accounting and information systems. It includes topics that range from IT governance to interorganizational information sharing. The General Accounting Information Systems mini-track includes any and all topics in the field of AIS that are not included in the other more specialized mini-tracks. Suggested topics include systems integration, value of information systems, and global AIS and case studies.

Minitrack 2: IS Control, Audit and Reporting:
This mini-track is focused on the role that AIS plays in capturing and storing transactions, ensuring their accuracy, timeliness and validity, and satisfying the organization’s legal and regulatory requirements. AIS provides the vast majority of data required for operational, tactical, and strategic decision making, as well as the basis for interorganizational information sharing and external reporting to various stakeholder groups. Appropriate topics for this mini-track include (but are not limited to) continuous auditing, auditing end user systems, internal audit, COSO, CobiT, AS5, forensic auditing, data mining/business intelligence, querying, ebXML, XBRL, AIS use and data ambiguity.

Minitrack 3: Accounting Information Systems Models, Designs and Implementation:
This mini-track is focused on the role that AIS plays in creating models to help better store, share information, reengineer, process and represent the organization’s resources, events and agents. This mini-track is intended to promote research on the different data and process models for AIS. Appropriate topics for this mini-track include (but are not limited to) AIS design, Ontologies used for representation of AIS, Object Oriented databases for AIS, Items-Agent-Cash (IAC) Model, UML for modeling of AIS, AIS Architectures, Reengineering of legacy AIS into ERP systems, XBRL databases modeling and design, Resource-Event-Agent (REA) models, data models, Information sharing of AIS with supply chain systems, enterprise systems modeling, interorganizational information sharing, and data relevance.

Minitrack 4: Enterprise IT Governance and Security for Compliance Management:
The mini track topic of Enterprise IT Governance and Security for Compliance Management addresses the increasing importance of that subset of IT activities associated with fulfilling external regulatory or ethical obligations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, FDA, law enforcement reporting, socially responsible supply chain provenance and other information systems compliance requirements. This mini track seeks to solicit research from a wide array of research areas including, but not limited to: a) Enterprise IT governance structures for effective compliance management, b) Enterprise compliance risk assessment and compliance risk management, c) Information assurance prioritization and strategy, d) Establishing auditable trust models for securing electronic commerce, e) Valuation of information assets for security assurance resource optimization, f) Budgeting for and cost effective management of information systems associated with governmental regulations, g) Successful and unsuccessful compliance management via automated, continuously auditing software solutions, and h) Shared information, interorganizational trust models and policy ontologies for compliance management.

Minitrack 5: Accounting Information Systems and Big Data:
All areas of organizations are interested in the impact of big data. This mini-track focuses on the impact of big data on the accounting information systems (AIS) area, broadly defined. That is, this mini-track focuses on Big Accounting Data (BAD), and accounting data includes all data related to the events recorded by an organization’s enterprise system (including but not limited to HR, Supply Chain, Service Centers, General Accounting, and so forth) and how this data relates to data outside of the organization. For example, how are auditors going to use big data? Would the use of big data by auditors have helped to identify financial statement frauds? Would the use of big data by government auditors help identify Medicare claims frauds and other frauds? How can organizations use big accounting data to provide business insights, especially when combining this data with other data from outside the organization, such as tweets, web scrapings, and other data? How can predictive analytics be applied for security and control? What are the impediments to the use of big data within the AIS area? How can the embedded semantics from REA-based (Resource-Events-Agents) systems enhance the use of analytics and big data? What is the impact of big data on privacy? What is the role of enterprise risk management in the realm of big data?

Adoption and Diffusion of Information Technology (SIGADIT)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. Geneviève Bassellier, McGill University, bassellier@mcgill.ca
  2. Andreas Eckhardt, German Graduate School of Management and Law, eckhardt@ggs.de
  3. Carol Hsu, Tongji University, carolhsu@tongji.edu.cn

 Description of Proposed Track:

As the digitalization of different industry continues to transform service delivery and create new products, this generates new business models by blurring the boundaries between digital and physical world resulting from the convergence of people, business and digital devices.  With this continuing development, we need to investigate the complexities of designing and adopting digital practices, digital services and digital channels in today’s organizations, while also examining downsides of diffusion and adoption. This track seeks to attract research that theoretically and/or practically provides valuable insights to the adoption and diffusion of innovation IT at the individual, group, organizational, industry, or societal levels. This can include the use of all type of methodologies to explore different types of IT innovations.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Cutting edge adoption and diffusion (General Track)
  2. Individual, group, or organizational IT adoption decisions
  3. Adoption or diffusion of IT supporting organizational and inter-organizational initiatives
  4. Adoption of IT in a residential/ household context
  5. Global or cross-cultural studies of IT implementation, adoption, and post-adoption
  6. Adoption and use of social technologies, smart devices, and other emerging IT
  7. Adoption or diffusion of IT in specific sectors (such as e-government)
  8. Communication types and channels on the diffusion of IT
  9. Socio-economic impacts of IT adoption and diffusion
  10. The impact of IT use on the daily/social/professional life of consumers/citizens
  11. Negative outcomes of IS use (e.g., information overload, technostress)
  12. Theories, concepts, and tools of IT adoption and diffusion
  13. Theoretical essays or critical reviews of adoption and diffusion of IT
  14. Usage and post-adoption behaviours, such as infusion, exploitation, and exploration
  15. Dark usage and post-adoption behaviours, such as misuse, obsessive use, compulsive use, and addictive use

Advances in Information Systems Research

Track Chair:

  1. Thomas F. Stafford, J.E. Barnes Professor of Computer Information Systems College of Business, Louisiana Tech Stafford@LaTech.edu

Description of Proposed Track

This track serves as the nexus of converging interests for researchers in the field who might have specific interests in topics not easily reconciled with existing mainstream SIG-based AMCIS Tracks. We will be specifically interested in research that might not find good fit with mainstream areas of information systems research, and we also welcome methodological plurality, with explicit interests in innovative, provocative, and experimental approaches to both topical and methodological coverage. To that end, this track serves as the primary point of contribution and subsequent publication of innovative research on information systems across a wide range of topic areas, particularly those topics not addressed by other tracks. This track showcases unique and leading edge regarding the state, practice, antecedents and consequences of management information systems as a field of practice, as an artifact of business and its processes, and as a scholarly field of endeavor. We welcome minitracks within this general track structure, welcoming any forward-thinking and unique views of information systems. We can also serve as a nexus for mini-tracks affiliated with emergent AIS Special Interest Groups that have not yet found specific conference affiliations for development and evolution. As a thematic notion, our proposed track title of “Advances in Information Systems” is consistent with the mission and focus of the IS journal to which we intend to provide journal publication opportunities.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

Our intent is to cross-affiliate with the Special Interest Groups that do not have tracks for conference submissions and/or are would like to participate in AMCIS at as a mini-track rather than a track. Examples of topics that might be characteristic of minitracks we would encourage include:

  • General Topics in IS (i.e., general track to specifically enable a means for other rack chairs and minitrack chairs on the conference program to submit their work for juried consideration without incurring conflicts of interest)
  • Gaming Design and Research on Gaming (e.g., potential partnership with SIGGame)
  • Entrepreneurship and Workforce issues in IS practice and research ü Advances in Chief Data Officer Research and Practice (e.g., potential for continued partnership with SIGIQ)
  • Research Methods
  • Design Science Exemplars and Methods

AI and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Information Systems (SIGODIS)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Vijayan Sugumaran, Professor of MIS, Oakland University, sugumara@oakland.edu
  2. Don Heath, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, drheath2@gmail.com

Description of Proposed Track:

The purpose of this track is to provide a forum for academics and practitioners to identify and explore the issues, opportunities, and solutions using Artificial Intelligence, computational ontologies, data driven IS, and intelligence related to business and systems including the social web, intelligent systems design, implementation, integration and deployment. An increasing number of artificial intelligence-based systems are being developed in different application domains employing a variety of tools and technologies. This track is intended to increase cross-fertilization of ideas from these areas, share lessons learned and stimulate areas for further research.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems

Vijayan Sugumaran, Oakland University, sugumara@oakland.edu

Stefan Kirn, Universität Hohenheim, stefan.kirn@uni-hohenheim.de

Mini-Track Description:

Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems are experiencing a resurgence and have been recognized as one of the most important developments in Information Systems. Significant progress has been made over the last few years in the development of computational intelligence techniques such as bio/nature-inspired computing, deep learning, and cognitive computing within the artificial intelligence domain. Similarly, there is an upsurge in the application of AI technologies and multi-agent systems in a variety of fields such as electronic commerce, supply chain management, resource allocation, intelligent manufacturing, mass customization, information retrieval and filtering, decision support, and healthcare. While research on various aspects of intelligent systems and semantic technologies is progressing at a very fast pace, this is only the beginning. There are still a number of issues that have to be explored in terms of the design, implementation and deployment of intelligent applications and multi-agent systems. For example, development of novel techniques for computational intelligence in support of deep learning, formal approaches for designing intelligent systems and agent based applications, ontology based information systems, and organizational impact of intelligent systems & semantic technologies are some of the areas in need of further research.

  • Mini-track: Customer Experience and Organizational Intelligence

Donald Heath, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, drheath2@gmail.com

Aurona Gerber, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Aurona.gerber@up.ac.za

Mini-Track Description:

Increasingly, organizations are interacting with current and potential customers across a plenitude of IT-mediated “touch points”. Consequently, coordinating strategies will likely dominate management thought in the near and intermediate term as the number and variety of these “touch points” continues to expand. Effective strategies will rely on quality practitioner and academic research on a variety of issues, such as how to: differentiate user experience across points of interaction, increase reach to the consumer, improve conversion rates, sustain consumer loyalty, manage the global and the local experience, etc. The end customer is at the focus, with various technologies, devices and networks facilitating seamless computing, communication, collaboration as well as commerce related functionalities to the end users. This is made possible by embedding data, sensors, controllers, and other devices into the physical and virtual spaces of human beings thereby facilitating seamless interactions and co-engagement between the end customer and the organization.

  • Mini-track: Semantics and Ontologies in Information Systems

Aurona Gerber, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Aurona.gerber@up.ac.za

Mini-Track Description:

Research in ontology, ontology-driven information systems and ontology applications is becoming increasingly widespread in the information systems community. Its importance is being recognized in various research fields and application areas. This mini-track is primarily concerned with the use and application of ontologies and any semantic languages such as RDF(s) and OWL, as well as the associated technologies (such as querying, reasoning and reasoners) within information systems.  Within this mini-track, the term ontology includes artefacts that use any semantic web languages such as OWL and RDF(S). Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Semantic applications within information systems
  • Ontology-driven information systems
  • Semantic-based systems architecture
  • Ontology integration and ontology systems integration
  • Meta-data
  • Ontology querying and reasoning
  • Ontology reuse
  • Ontology engineering
  • Specialized domain ontologies (e.g. enterprise ontology)
  • Ontology tools and technologies
  • Ontology-driven systems development and systems development methodologies
  • Upper, domain and application ontologies

Cognitive Research in IS (SIGCORE)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Cindy Riemenschneider, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development/Professor, Baylor University, c_riemenschneider@baylor.edu
  2. Emre Yetgin, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Rider University, eyetgin@rider.edu
  3. Bob Otondo, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University, rotondo@business.msstate.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

Human cognition deals with how we know and make decisions, through processes including reasoning, perception, and judgment. The future of the Information Systems discipline will continue to involve human cognition as systems are increasingly used to meet social and business needs in innovative settings. Understanding human cognition is a critical component to the successful design, implementation, and use of information systems. The questions of interest relevant to this track focus on IS problems in terms of the processes of knowing and making decisions. This track solicits research investigating the widest variety of cognition, including but not limited to: situated, shared, social, distributed, and team cognition; group and individual decision support systems; cognitive aspects of business analytics and intelligence; problem-solving; knowledge-sharing & -management; cognitive perspectives on IS design, use, and development; human-computer interaction or human factors; and research methods to investigate cognitive issues in IS. We welcome qualitative, quantitative, experimental, and case study research and research-in-progress.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Exploring and investigating human cognitions surrounding emerging technologies. This mini-track could explore human cognitions regarding virtual/augmented reality, block chain, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, commercial drones, (big) data analytics and visualization tools, and other emerging technologies.
  2. Our changing world – the impact of hand-held devices. This mini-track could explore the changes of traditional business processes, individual decision making, varying forms of human communication and collaboration, or changing economic structures in developing, emerging or third-world countries.
  3. Team Cognitions – past, present, and future. This mini-track could explore the historical perspective of team cognitions, as well as current applications and practices, or future applications and projects on for team cognitions/communications and group decision making.

Data Science and Analytics for Decision Support (SIGDSA)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. Sagnika Sen, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University, sagnika.sen@psu.edu (Primary Contact)
  1. Haya Ajjan, Associate Professor, Elon University, hajjan@elon.edu
  2. Ashish Gupta, Associate Professor, Auburn University, ashish.gupta@auburn.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

Data science and analytics are at the forefront of driving innovation and creating novel opportunities for organizations and society. For instance, the field of cognitive analytics mimics the human brain to draw inference from unstructured data. This is creating a huge impact in fields like healthcare, travel, finance, sports by assisting in complex tasks. The ability to manage big data and glean insightful knowledge is also leading towards process-centric transformations in organizations. At a higher level, big data and analytics applications are able to drive positive impact on the society in the areas of food safety, energy and sustainability.

Organizations are allocating greater resources to enhance and develop new decision support applications driven by advanced analytics. As organizations transform into data and analytics centric enterprises (e.g. health insurance companies, automobile companies), more research is needed on both the technical and organizational aspects. Research focused on the creation and application of new data science approaches like deep learning, cognitive computing, can inform us about the different ways to improve decision making and outcomes. On the other hand, research on organizational issues in the analytics context can inform industry leaders on handling various organizational and technical opportunities along with various challenges associated with building and executing big data driven organization. Examples may include, data and process governance issues, leadership, and driving innovation.

This track in Data Science and Analytics seeks original research that promotes technical, theoretical, design science, pedagogical, and behavioral research as well as emerging applications in analytics and big data. Topics include but are not limited to: data analytics & visualization from varied data sources such as sensors or IoT data, text, multimedia, clickstreams, user-generated content involving issues dealing with curation; management and infrastructure for (big) data; standards, semantics, privacy, security and legal issues in big data, analytics and KM (knowledge management); intelligence and scientific discovery using big data; analytics applications in various domains such as smart cities, smart grids, financial fraud detection, digital learning, healthcare, criminal justice, energy, environmental and scientific domains,  sustainability and the like; business process management applications such as process discovery, performance analysis, process conformance and mining using analytics and KM, cost-sensitive, value-oriented , and data-driven decision analysis and optimization.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Novel Analytics applications and development
  • Business Analytics for Managing Organizational Performance
  • Spatial Business Intelligence, Location Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics and smart technologies for Digital Disruption
  • Social Media and Network Analytics
  • Analytics and Big Data for Supply Chain Management, Blockchain
  • Sports Analytics
  • Behavioural Data Analytics
  • Emerging topics in Analytics (e.g. Deep Learning)
  • Text Analytics
  • Cognitive Analytics
  • Mobile Analytics
  • Big Data driven Process mining and Innovation
  • Business Intelligence & Analytics cases
  • Social & Ethical Issues in Big Data
  • Design Science for Big Data & Analytics
  • Internet of Things integrated Big Data & analytics

Digital Agility

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Jongwoo (Jonathan) Kim, University of Massachusetts Boston, jonathan.kim@umb.edu
  2. Lan Cao, Old Dominion University, lcao@odu.edu
  3. Kannan Mohan, City University of New York, Kannan.mohan@baruch.cuny.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

Organizational agility is a leading success factor in the digital era. Organizations have recognized the importance of the need to swiftly sense and respond to changes in the marketplace. Agility can span from operational to strategic in that organizations can focus specifically on streamlining their operations or consider agility at the strategic level focusing on game-changing opportunities. Depending on their focus, organizations need to adapt their approach to agility. This track explores relationship between IT and organizational agility. How does IT play an instrumental role in enabling organizational agility by delivering new products and services, and sensing and responding quickly to shifting customer attitudes and market place opportunities and risks?  On the other hand, how does organizational agility facilitate digital transformation and enable the business to unleash its full potential?

This track is open for various types of research including those that use quantitative, qualitative, and theoretical approaches to examining IT-enabled organizational agility. Topics for this track include, but are not limited to the following:
–  Organizational agility and digital transformation
– Agile software development methods
– Agility and new technologies such as mobile, social, cloud and big data analytics
– Theoretical lenses for examining digital agility
– Complexity and digital agility
– Digital agility and competition
– Business intelligence and organizational agility
– Digital agility in addressing sustainability issues
– Digital agility and sourcing strategies
– Digital agility and business performance/capabilities

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Strategic Agility and IT Innovation
  • Business Analytics and Agility
  • IT-enabled Organizational Agility and Security

Digital Government (SIGEGOV)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Vishanth Weerakkody, University of Bradford, V.Weerakkody@brunel.ac.uk
  2. Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Swansea University, ykdwivedi@gmail.com
  3. Rony Medaglia, Copenhagen Business School, rm.digi@cbs.dk
  4. Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, m.f.w.h.a.janssen@tudelft.nl
  5. Lemuria Carter, Virginia Commonwealth University, Ldcarter@vcu.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

Digital transformations are radically affecting the activities of governments across the globe in a wide variety of ways, including the digitalization of public agency organizations, government service provision, and citizen engagement. New and disruptive digital phenomena are beginning to challenge well-established assumptions on the role of the public sector, and on how it provides societal value. These phenomena include, for example, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence applications, algorithmic governance, big and open data analytics, blockchain, and the Internet of Things. Yet, the age old problems of implementation, adoption and diffusion continue to plague digital government initiatives across the word.

This track welcomes research on the multiple dimensions of transformations in digital government, or e-government. We invite studies on the design, management, and implementation of Information Systems in the unique public sector setting that can help unearth the novel challenges that e-government research is facing. Papers that can combine methodological rigour with practical relevance are particularly welcome.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • Smart Cities development
  • IoT and Artificial Intelligence in the public sector
  • Blockchain technology and the public sector
  • Digitalization and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Open, linked and big data in the public sector

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Digital Government: Challenges to Implementation, Transformation and Diffusion
  2. The evolution of E-Government: Past, Present, and Future
    • Vikas Jain
    • vjain@ut.edu
  3. Trends in Smart City Initiatives: Opportunities and Challenges
    • Uthayasankar Sivarajah, Zahir Irani, Ramzi El-Haddadeh
    • sivarjah@brunel.ac.uk
  4. New frontiers of digital government: IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and blockchain in the public sector
    • Rony Medaglia and TBC
    • digi@cbs.dk
  5. Open Government, Big Data and policy-making
    • Naci Karkin, Laurence Brooks, Marijn Janssen

N.Karkin@tudelft.nl

eBusiness and eCommerce Digital Commerce (SIGeBIZ)

Track Co-Chairs (include name, title, university, and email):

  1. (primary): Matt Nelson, Illinois State University, mlnelso@ilstu.edu
  2. Michael Shaw, University of Illinois, mjshaw@illinois.edu
  3. Troy Strader, Drake University, strader@drake.edu
  4. Chandra Subramaniam, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, csubrama@uncc.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

For AMCIS 2019, SIGeBIZ is proposing the focus of the tracks to be on technical, behavioural, design and strategic research issues associated with Digital Commerce.  This encompasses studies of Internet-enabled transactions between consumers, businesses, and other organizations, as well as use of Internet technologies within organizations.  The studies may utilize any research methodology.  Related online business topics such as legal, ethical, and societal issues would also fit in this track.

The eBusiness and eCommerce Special Interest Group (SIG) has assisted with coordinating research tracks at the America’s Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) for more than 16 years.  Over the course of this timeframe, the eBIZ SIG has greatly benefited from a stable, responsive and reliable group of mini-track chairs, SIG leaders, contributing authors, reviewers and panelists.    The eBIZ SIG tracks received approximately 45 submissions in 2013, 30 paper submissions in 2014, 58 paper submissions in 2015, 45 paper submissions in 2016, 55 paper submissions in 2017 and 47 paper submissions in 2018.    There is little doubt of the continued and growing interest in this line of study.

Opportunities in Leading Journals (if any):

In the past, this track has led to Special Issues in the journal Information Systems and e-Business Management (ISEB), as well as in academic book series in Springers Lecture-Notes Series.

((http://www.springer.com/business+%26+management/business+information+systems/journal/10257)

Potential Mini-Tracks (include 3 – 15):

  • E-Business Models for the Digital Economy
  • Information Technology (IT)-enabled Supply Chain Management: Co-Creating and Capturing Business Value from IT
  • E-Commerce Design and Management
  • Social Media and Social Commerce
  • Online Collaborative Consumption

Enterprise System, (SIGEntSys)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Renée Pratt, Assistant Professor of Information Systems, University of Massachusetts Amherst, rpratt@isenberg.umass.edu
  2. Randy V Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, The University of Tennessee, rbradley@utk.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

The introduction, use and maintenance of enterprise systems (ES) require a significant investment of organizational energy and resources. As such, ES represent the largest IS investment organizations are likely to make. Many organizations are now upgrading, replacing, or extending their original ES. Early versions of ES provided back office functionality that integrated a range of internal business processes, whereas modern ES have evolved to include support for a variety of front office and inter-organizational activities and processes, such as customer relationship management (CRM), human capital management (HCM), and supply chain management (SCM). The design of such large integrated systems represents a major technical challenge, requiring new ways of thinking about business processes, system development, and enterprise architecture.

Because of both their size and their integrated nature, ES are difficult to implement, and are associated with a variety of organizational changes. Organizations expect, but unfortunately do not always realize, significant benefits from their sizable investments in ES. Because of the importance of ES in organizations, educators continue to explore approaches for introducing ES into IS and other business curricula. As such this track will investigate issues to pertaining large-scale systems adoption, implementation, and integration, academic, and practice-based case studies on ES best practices, interdisciplinary concerns with specialized ES in areas such as healthcare and supply chain management, emerging delivery models, and enterprise and business architecture.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Enterprise Architecture and Organizational Success
  • Enterprise Systems Adoption and Business Models
  • Enterprise Systems DevOps and Operations Management
  • Enterprise Systems in Healthcare
  • Enterprise Systems in the Digital Era: Managerial and Technological Challenges
  • Cloud Operations and Very Large Business Applications (VLBA)
  • Social Connectedness and Analytics via Enterprise Systems
  • Teaching and Learning Enterprise Systems
  • Enterprise Systems Upgrade and Maintenance

Global, International, and Cross Cultural Research in Information System (SIGCCRIS)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Pnina Fichman, Professor of Information Science, Indiana University, fichman@indiana.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

Globalization has historically been tied to technological innovation, and the present era of a networked information society is no different. Information systems (IS) have provided the infrastructure for multinational businesses, created new cultural connections irrespective of geographic boundaries and distances, and allowed an increasingly mobile global population to be connected to their friends, families, and cultures no matter where they are. The track welcomes submissions that relate to all aspects of global IS, or IS research situated in a global, international or cross-cultural context. The track is open to all methodological approaches and perspectives. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Research that considers the impacts of cultural values on information systems use, adoption or development
  • Research on global IT sourcing strategies
  • Cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons of IS adoption, use and development
  • Effects of global social computing on organizational work organization and practices
  • Issues relating to globally distributed teams
  • Issues relating to IT adoption at the national level
  • Issues relating to global knowledge management
  • Issues relating to cross-national legislation and regulation
  • Issues relating to global information governance
  • Use and impacts of IT in the context of multinational organizations
  • Issues relating to security in information systems that span multiple countries
  • Single country studies showing implications for other locations or results different from other contexts
  • Multi-country studies of IS adoption, use, and development

 

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Innovation in Global Sourcing
  • Issues in Global Systems Implementation
  • International and Cross-Cultural Data & Privacy Issues
  • Knowledge Management in Global Information Systems
  • Cultural and Value Related Aspects in Information Systems

Global Development (SIG GlobDev)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Sajda Qureshi, Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha, squreshi@unomaha.edu
  2. Ricardo Gomez, Associate Professor, University of Washington, USA rgomez@uw.edu
  3. Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. kmosei@vcu.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

Scholars in Information Systems are investigating societal impacts of ICTs on people, data and things, research in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT4D) is becoming increasingly diverse. Current innovative uses of blockchain technologies to track refugees, offer new identification mechanisms, healthcare tracking for epidemics and the use of cryptocurrencies to offer payment systems are offering new ways for people to bring about improvements in their lives. Digital innovations are offering financial inclusion, health and wellbeing to those who were previously left out of opportunities to improve their lives from the global economy.

While drawing upon theories that help understand these emerging phenomena, research in ICT4D and IS also requires attention to the contextual challenges facing practitioners in the field. There have been attempts to develop theories that enable these challenges to be understood. An interesting and significant issue is whether ICTs can play a sustaining, value-adding role that enables societies to move beyond the conditions that cause mass discontent to beneficial development for all. Such a role may include supporting social groups in: identifying and defining achievable goals, acquirable resources, and constraints to be acknowledged and if possible overcome; supporting sustainable & secure collaboration, offering health and wellbeing; and financial inclusion

Opportunities in Leading Journals: Information Technology for Development Journal. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/titd20/current

Potential Mini-Tracks (include 3 – 15):

  1. ICT for Development in Latin America: David Nemer nemer@uky.edu and James Pick James_Pick@redlands.edu
  1. Blockchain for Development: Paulo Rupino de Cunha rupino@dei.uc.pt, Piotr Soja and Marinos
  1. Digital Innovations for Development: Jolanta Kowal jolakowal@gmail.com and Pamela Abbott y.abbott@sheffield.ac.uk
  1. Health IT for Development: Nilmini wickramasinghe@deakin.edu.au, Doug Vogel vogel.doug@gmail.com
  1. Information Communication Technologies in Asia: Information Communication Technologies in Asia: Xusen Cheng, cheng@uibe.edu.cn, Siyuan Li, Siyuan@clemson.edu
  1. Localization of ICTs for Socioeconomic Development: Shana Ponelis ponelis@uwm.edu
  1. ICT for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa Nations: Francis Andoh-Baidoo, francis.andohbaidoo@utrgv.edu,David Asamoah, ksb@knust.edu.gh and John Effah, Jeffah@ug.edu.gh
  1. ICTs in Africa: Research on Success Stories and Failures: Solomon Negash, snegash@kennesaw.edu
  1. ICT4D Issues, challenges and opportunities, Manoj Thomas mthomas@vcu.edu
  1. ICT Collaboration in Cross-Organizational, International, and Global Settings, Philip Musa, musa@uab.edu.
  1. ICT Innovation & Socioeconomic Development in the Caribbean, Arlene Bailey arlene.bailey@uwimona.edu.jm.
  1. ICT Issues in the Arab and Middle Eastern Countries

Green IS and Sustainability (SIGGreen)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Pratyush Bharati, University of Massachusetts, Boston,pratyush.bharati@umb.edu
  2. Chadi Aoun, Carnegie Mellon University,chadi@cmu.edu
  3. Savanid (Nui) Vatanasakdakul, Macquarie University,savanid.vatanasakdakul@mq.edu.au

Description of Proposed Track:

Sustainability and climate change are global issues, with many cultural, organizational, technical, social, regulatory, economic, and individual dimensions. Just as computer-based information systems have been a driving force for societal progress, Green IS can be a driving force for strategic sustainable solutions in organizations and communities.

Green IS enables the transformative power of information systems to support the multiple dimensions of sustainability. It addresses the world’s greatest challenges including shrinking access to non-renewable resources, decreased energy and food security, and environmental degradation due to climate change. IS can play a pivotal role in enabling sustainable solutions, which greatly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of modern communities and enterprises. Consequently, IS research can contribute in such transformation towards a multidimensional perspective to sustainability.

This track is open to any type of research within scope of Green IS and Sustainability as well as those that adapt research and industry experience into teaching cases and modules.

Potential track topics include:

  • Managing Green IT/IS systems
  • Green IS as a digital disruptor
  • Governance and strategy in Green IS and Sustainability
  • Green Business Process Management
  • Decision support for logistics and supply chain processes
  • IS-enabled collaborative processes for mobilization towards sustainability
  • IS-enabled multidisciplinary collaborations for sustainability
  • IS-enabled smart cities and sustainable communities
  • Designing and implementing systems for the Smart Grid
  • End user acceptance and adoption of smart grid technologies
  • Green HCI – Changing human attitudes and behaviors through information
  • Energy informatics – analyzing, designing, and implementing processes to increase the efficiency of energy demand and supply systems
  • Resource informatics – designing and implementing systems to manage metals, minerals, water, forests, etc.
  • Designing and implementing systems that measure and validate the impact of sustainable business practices and policies
  • Critical competencies and curricula for Green IS graduates and professionals
  • IS-enabled sustainability of educational campuses and institutions
  • IS to support carbon management, accounting and reporting
  • Sustainable development in transitional and developing countries
  • Global and cultural issues in Green IS and Sustainability
  • Data Science and Sustainability

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • MINI-TRACK 1: Maritime Informatics
  • MINI-TRACK 2: Information Systems for Sustainable and Resilient Businesses and Supply Chains
  • MINI-TRACK 3: Sustainable Transformation (general mini-track)

Healthcare Informatics & Health Information Technology (SIGHealth)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Richard Klein, Professor, Florida International University, rklein@FIU.edu
  2. Sweta Sneha, Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University, ssneha@kenessaw.edu

Description of Proposed Track: The Healthcare Informatics and Health Information Technology (HIT) track seeks to promote research into ground breaking technology innovations and applications within the healthcare sector, while incorporating interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches beyond the traditional information systems (IS) and health information technology (HIT) disciplines. Information systems and technology (IT) innovations offer significant potential to transform the delivery of care, to improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system, to enhance interactions between patients/caregivers and providers, and to enable greater access to the latest advancements in treatments, among other accomplishments and outcomes. Academic efforts within the Healthcare Technology and Systems track should demonstrate novel work within the IS discipline as well as reference perspectives including computer science, economics, organizational behavior, public policy, public health, software/electrical engineering, management, and strategy, among others. Completed research and research-in-progress topics might include, opportunities and challenges faced within the current healthcare sector; advances in healthcare information technologies (HIT), electronic health (e-health), telemedicine, and mobile health (m-health), among other innovative technological applications; as well as healthcare industry-specific issues related to traditional IS research concerns, including adoption and diffusion, systems design and implementation, and IS success.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Electronic Health/Medical Records (EHR/EMR)
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Healthcare Information Exchanges (HIE)
  • Mobile Applications (m-Health)
  • Smart Health & Wellbeing
  • General Healthcare

Human-Computer Interaction (SIGHCI)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Miguel I. Aguirre-Urreta (Visiting Associate Professor, Florida International University, miguel.aguirreurreta@fiu.edu)
  2. Dezhi Wu (Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, DEZHIWU@cec.sc.edu)
  3. Jeff Jenkins (Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, jeffrey_jenkins@byu.edu)

Description of Proposed Track:

The AMCIS 2019 HCI Track will provide a forum for AIS members to present, discuss and explore a wide range of issues related to Human-Computer Interaction and Information Systems. Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary area that has attracted researchers, educators, and practitioners from several disciplines. It essentially deals with the design, evaluation, adoption, and use of information technology, with a common focus on improved user performance and experience. New and exciting research opportunities are emerging, including issues and challenges concerning people’s interactions with various information technologies that can be examined from an organizational, managerial, psychological, social, or cultural perspective. This track welcomes papers that aim at advancing our understanding of human‐computer interaction at the individual, work group, organization, or society levels. Submissions may use any type of research method.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • INTERFACE DESIGN, EVALUATION AND IMPACT
  • UNDERSTANDING AND FOSTERING TRUST IN INFORMATION SYSTEM
  • COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE HCI

Information Security and Privacy (SIGSEC)

Track Co-Chairs:

Description of Proposed Track:

Cybersecurity remains a key challenge for organizations despite massive investments over the last two decades. While technological advancements have been made to improve cybersecurity, human vulnerabilities have become the weakest link in security. High profile events such as defections, espionage, and massive data breaches have led the public to question their own expectations of privacy. While there is an abundance of practices and techniques for employing cybersecurity, many hard problems remain unanswered.

The purpose of this track is to provide a forum for theoretical developments, empirical research findings, case studies, methodologies, artifacts, and other high-quality manuscripts.  Sponsored by SIGSEC, we seek to address important questions arising from emerging developments in information security, such as: security analytics, financial crimes, security analytics, and digital forensics? How do system defenders share information to mitigate vulnerabilities and exploits? Does pervasive data collection deter privacy-conscious individuals? Do regulations and policies influence employee security behaviors and organizational security postures?

 Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Behavioral Issues in Information Security
  2. Security Analytics, Digital Forensics & Incident Response
  3. Detecting and mitigating insider Threats
  4. Emerging Trends in Financial Security, e.g. Block Chain / FinTech
  5. Privacy Issues in Social Media
  6. Risk Assessment and Security Policy Compliance
  7. Digital Responsibility — Legal, Societal, & Ethical Issues
  8. Security Education, Training, & Awareness (SETA) and skills
  9. Cyber Crime, Cyber Terrorism, & Hacker Culture
  10. Security in Domain Areas such as health care

IS in Education, IS Curriculum, Education and Teaching Cases (SIGED)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Dr. Asli Akbulut, Grand Valley State University, akbuluta@gvsu.edu
  2. Dr. Rhonda Syler, University of Arkansas, rsyler@walton.uark.edu
  3. Dr. Craig Van Slyke, Louisiana Tech University, vanslyke@latech.edu

 Description of Proposed Track:

Information systems (IS) educators face a number of challenges in the current environment, including dealing with declining enrolments, preparing students for the changes in the profession and updating curriculum to integrate new ideas and technologies. These challenges make sharing IS education-related knowledge and practices especially critical. Therefore, it is important that leading conferences, such as AMCIS, include a strong IS education track. As the official AIS special interest group on education, SIGED is uniquely positioned to organize an IS education track.

This track provides an opportunity for IS educators and researchers to exchange ideas, techniques, and applications through a combination of workshops, panels, and paper presentations. In constantly changing times full of technological disruption, much of our focus is on innovation, disruptive technologies, and quality advances in IS and MIS instruction and curriculum. Different submission topics are welcome, ranging from papers aimed at improving the teaching of specific courses to “big picture” papers intended to address broad topics. Submissions using information systems technology to advance education in other disciplines are also welcome.

Suggested Topics

  • Information Technology in Education
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Mobile education
  • Pedagogical and Curricular Innovations in IS education
  • Gamification
  • Assessment of IS Courses and Curricula
  • The importance of IS education in functional areas
§  Building and integrating disruptive technologies into the curriculum

§    Social issues related to IS education

§    Ethical issues in the IS curriculum

§    Women and minorities in IS programs

§    Improving enrolments in IS programs

§    Teaching cases

IS Leadership and the IT Profession (SIGLEAD)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. Jim Denford, Royal Military College of Canada, jim.denford@rmc.ca
  2. Jennifer Gerow, Virginia Military Institute, gerowje@vmi.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

The IS Leadership and the IT Profession track is aimed at fostering a forum for IS scholars engaging in a range of issues surrounding the practice of IT related research including IS leadership, the IT workforce, career development/training and issues surrounding the IT profession. Specific objectives of the track are to allow members to share their research, develop the discourse between academia and practice, engage in exchange of perspectives, and encourage future collaborations. The track is sponsored by the AIS Special Interest Group on IS Leadership (SIGLEAD) in collaboration with the Society for Information Management (SIM). This track has been led by SIGLEAD and hosted at AMCIS since 2003. The proposed track title is an evolution of the previous Human Capital in Information Systems title as the new title was determined to be more reflective of the SIGLEAD sponsorship, more reflective of growing coordination with SIM and more inclusive of the research interests of both groups.

Though articles on IS leadership and the IT profession abound in the practitioner press, much less attention has been devoted to the topic from an academic perspective. IT professionals – whether leaders at the CIO level, IS project and line staff or external professional service providers – are the human dimension of the discipline and therefore issues surrounding IT practice are of enduring concern to academics and practitioners alike. Mini-tracks will be sought to cover the range of the track interest and authors will be encouraged to submit both conceptual and empirical papers contributing to both research and practice that employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

IS Leadership – Mini-Track Chair Mike Eom, University of Portland

  • CIO and CTO leadership including TMT integration, influence and leadership styles
  • Impact of the both technical and non-technical executives on innovation and organizational performance
  • Effect of the board of directors and shareholders on IT policy, governance and management
  • Impacts of having IS as a secondary role in SME leadership

IT Career Development – Mini-Track Chair Paula Gonzalez, Dalhousie University

  • Information systems roles and careers
  • Career streams and professional development of technical managers and staff
  • Preparation and development of non-technical executives for senior IS and technology positions in large enterprises and for IS as a secondary role in SMEs

IT Project Management (SIG ITProjMgmt)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Dawn Owens, Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, dawn.owens@utdallas.edu
  2. Alanah Mitchell, Associate Professor, Drake University, alanah.mitchell@drake.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, organizations continue to look for ways to make the most of their projects.  Information technology (IT) projects specifically continue to face challenges related to uncertainty and changing technology.  IT projects have become notorious for high failure rates, significant cost and/or budget overruns. Both research and anecdotal evidence suggests that many IT projects struggle to meet functionality and quality targets. Research has identified multiple reasons for these challenges in IT projects, such as: project escalation, poor risk management, failure to manage user expectations, poor software development or project management processes, or inability to learn from past mistakes and successes. The insights gained from research in this area are often highly relevant to practice and can offer new contributions to existing theory.  As a research community, there is still much to be learned and discussed about improving success rates for IT projects.   This track welcomes papers that address a diverse range of topics related to IT project management.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Agile Project Management
  • IT Project Success
  • Project Management Education
  • Program Management
  • General Topics in IT Project Management

Organizational Transformation & Information Systems (SIGOSRA)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Frank Ulbrich, University of the Fraser Valley, frank.ulbrich@ufv.ca
  2. Paul Drews, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, paul.drews@leuphana.de
  3. Lauri Wessel, Freie Universität Berlin, lauri.wessel@fu-berlin.de

Description of Proposed Track:

By adopting, adapting, or developing Information Systems (IS), organizations and their IS continually undergo a considerable transformation often referred to as “digital transformation”.

As a result, information systems, business models, business processes, and end-user workplaces are perpetually analyzed, rethought, and changed. Nowadays, many systems in organizations are already interconnected to form inter-organizational IS, contributing to a complex IS landscape in current organizations. This renews the importance of analyzing the interplay between IS and organizations from socio-technical and end-user perspectives and the implications of changing IS on end-users and customers, who are increasingly technologically savvy and immersed in this digital transformation.

This year, we invite research papers and real-life teaching cases to be submitted on topics related to organizational transformation and IS, business process management, changing workplaces and IS integration, knowledge management and training, end-user computing, and IT consulting and inter-organizational information systems.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Organizational Transformation & Information Systems (General track)
  • Business Process Management & Change
  • New Perspectives on End-User Computing: Consumerization, BYOD and Shadow IT
  • Knowledge Management & Knowledge Workers
  • Business Ecosystems and Inter-organizational Information Systems
  • End-user Development & Open Innovation
  • Crowdsourcing and End-User Engagement
  • End-user Analytics & Data-driven Organizational Transformation
  • Organizational Implications of Service Innovation, Analytics, and End User Engagement
  • Implications of the “coding for everyone” and “data literacy” trends
  • The Role of IT-Consulting in Organizational Transformation
  • Applying and Adopting Socio-technical Approaches to Current Challenges of IT-driven organizational transformation
  • Changing end-user competencies and the use of information systems
  • Challenging and Extending (Design) Theory to effectively capitalize on Digital Disruption

Meta-Research in Information Systems

Track Co-Chairs:

Description of Proposed Track:

Following on the success of this track in 2018, this track serves as the primary point of contribution and subsequent publication of innovative meta-research articles. Meta-research (research on research) is a venerable and valuable research stream within Information Systems. Meta-research is the discussion that goes on between IS scholars on issues surrounding the production of IS research.  It includes such areas as discussions of the structure and development of the field, the core and boundaries of the field, field legitimacy, scholar/department/journal/country ranking methods, discussions of research culture and practices, methods of evaluation of scholarship, literature reviews and research commentaries.

The purpose of the track includes showcasing unique and leading edge empirical, theoretical, and commentary papers in the area of meta-research. Typically, there has not been a good location for these types of papers within the structure of the usual tracks provided.  This track will provide a welcoming space for such papers. If successful, we look forward to subsequent tracks, workshops, and perhaps even a new SIG.

This is a track was first offered in 2018. We received 15 submissions. We drew several papers on methodological improvements and over 7 papers on literature review. We look forward to building on this track for 2019.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • General mini-track – Meta-research submissions that may not fit within any of the more specific mini-tracks.
  • Disruptive ideas/methods mini-track – Papers that advocate a disruptive transformation to the current path of IS research.
  • Evaluation of Scholarship – This mini-track might cover papers that provide data and methodologies for evaluating scholarship in support of the promotion and tenure process These would include scholar/department/journal/country ranking papers (Lowry et al. 2004; Rainer Jr. and Miller 2005) and methodological papers on how to evaluate scholars for P&T (Baskerville 2008; Cuellar et al. 2016; Dennis et al. 2006; Lewis et al. 2007; Templeton et al. 2007)
  • Scope, Boundary and Structure of the IS Field – These papers would include research that explores the nature of the IS field, its scope and boundaries (Benbasat and Zmud 2003; Galliers 2003) the research front in IS, analyses of research published in countries and continents as well as journals (Avgerou et al. 1999; Lyytinen et al. 2007). The structure and development of the field including scientometric and other methodological studies identifying the sub-fields and relations between the sub-fields in information systems or longitudinal studies showing the development and change of the information systems (Alavi and Carlson 1992; Culnan 1987; Lim et al. 2009; Polites 2009; Vessey et al. 2002)
  • Methodological Guidelines/Methodological Improvements – Papers that provide instruction on how to perform research (Dube and Pare 2003; Klein and Myers 1999; Myers and Klein 2011; Rowe 2014).
  • Research commentaries/Literature Reviews – Papers that review that state of research in a particular area or in the IS field in general  (Bjorn-Andersen and Sarker 2009; Grover and Lyytinen 2015; Mingers and Willmott 2013; Powell and Woerndl 2008; Straub 2008)

National Cultures and IS (SIG Culture)

Track Chairs:

  1. Emmanuel Monod, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, monod@suibe.edu.cn
  2. Katia Passerini, Saint John University, New York, USA passerinik@stjohns.edu

Description of Track:

This track intends to gather researchers and doctoral students who conduct research and publications related to culture in IS. “Culture in IS” refers to at least 4 meanings: national cultures, corporate culture, cultural industries and “Internet culture”.

  • “National cultures” refers to effect that national, regional or ethnic cultures have on the Internet and online behaviour such as use of social media or buying behaviour on e-commerce sites. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have provided the infrastructure for multinational businesses, created new cultural connections irrespective of geographic boundaries and distances, and allowed an increasingly mobile global population to be connected to their friends, families, and cultures no matter where they are. The issues surrounding global, international, and cross-cultural issues in Information Systems (IS) attracted much scholarly attention and have been explored under myriad contexts.
  • “Corporate culture” refers to the values and interpretations developed within companies are carried out through mission or vision, and their relations to information systems. For instance, an Enterprise Social Network may be a way to promote a specific idea of a corporate culture, but may also fail because it does not fit with the beliefs or interpretations of the employees. In a less normative meaning, it may also refer to the social capital or the symbolic capital issues within companies.
  • “Internet culture,” is both represented and embodied by the Internet millennial generation and the awareness of how to leverage the Internet and mobile resources.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • General minitrack: Comparisons different countries and regions regarding the use or the acceptance of different information technologies, but also the common points across these different regions or culture. These mini-tracks may include criticism of Hofstede, Hall, or Trompenaars and explore alternative ways of describing national culture. Specific examples include:
    • Cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons of IT adoption, use and development (e.g. ERP diffusion and impacts compared between different economies)
    • Globally distributed teams and multinational organizations (e.g. the adoption and use of social media by cross-national virtual teams)
    • Cross-national legislation and regulation (e.g. implications of different regulations governing Green IT in the EU vs. US or Asian countries)
    • Impacts of cultural values (e.g. on systems use, adoption or development)
  • Corporate culture: refers to the values and interpretations developed within companies are carried out through mission or vision, and their relations to information systems. For instance, an Enterprise Social Network may be a way to promote a specific idea of a corporate culture, but may also fail because it does not fit with the beliefs or interpretations of the employees. In a less normative meaning, it may also refer to the social capital or the symbolic capital issues within companies.
  • Internet culture mini-tracks: is both represented and embodied by the Internet millennial generation and the awareness of how to leverage the Internet and mobile resources.

Openness in Research and Practice (SIGOPEN)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. Lorraine Morgan, LERO/NUI Galway, IRELAND. lorraine.morgan@nuigalway.ie
  2. Kevin Carillo, Toulouse Business School, FRANCE, carillo@tbs-education.fr

Description of Proposed Track:

The track seeks research papers in all things related to “openness” and the sharing of information in organizations and society. Papers in this track will be those that share new ideas about theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of phenomena emerging at the intersection of Information Systems and various forms of legal, technological, organizational, and societal openness.

Relevant topics for papers include: New modes of knowledge creation embedded in open source and open content licensing, radical inclusivity of the crowd to share knowledge, effort and value, the tearing down of traditional organizational boundaries to enable new forms of innovation, or the reinvention of commons or open spaces to share information related to education, science, and democratic participation. Openness continues to be a transformative force that demands the rigorous and considered investigation of the Information Systems community. This track provides a forum to further our understanding of these dynamic and complex ideas.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Breakthroughs in Openness in Science, Research and Pedagogy
  2. Breakthroughs in Openness in Organizations and Society
  3. Open Community Health: Measuring and Understanding Open Communities
  4. Open Source Software: Past, Present, and Future
  5. Beyond Software: Peer Production of Hardware, Design, and Content
  6. Wisdom of Crowds: Open Innovation and Collective Intelligence
  7. Wealth of Crowds: Crowdfunding and Collective Resources
  8. Power of Crowds: Crowdsourcing and Collective Action
  9. The Citizen Crowd: Cyberdemocracy and Global Social Action
  10. Open Research: Open Data and Citizen Science
  11. Open Scholarship: Open Access Publications and Open Courseware
  12. Open Business Models/Ecosystems

Philosophical Approaches to Information Systems (SIGPHIL)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Elisabeth Joyce, Professor, Edinboro University, ejoyce@edinboro.edu
  2. Flávia Maria Santoro, Associate Professor, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, flavia.santoro@uniriotec.br

Description of Proposed Track:

This track proposes to continue and extend the past tracks on philosophical approaches to Information Systems. Interest in this field appears to be growing, as shown by the filled workshop and the two panels at this year’s AMCIS. In addition to the mini-tracks proposed for this year, we would like to organize a panel to consider how social media influences people’s beliefs and behaviors.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Foundations of subfields of Information Systems
  2. Social Media, Psychology and Innovation
  3. Social Media and Ethics
  4. Phenomenology and Information Systems

Rhetoric, Design, and Social Media in Information Processing

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. Vishal Shah, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University, US, shah3@cmich.edu
  1. Carlo Bellini, Associate Professor, Federal University of Paraiba, cgpbellini@ccsa.ufpb.br

Description of Proposed Track:

The Internet is a powerful means for people to share information freely and reliably. This is possible due to the Internet’s technological infrastructure, governance principles, global reach, and Web 2.0 features that enable on-the-scene, real-time, user-generated content. However, governments around the world have been censoring online content or building their own regional Internet infrastructure in order to manipulate information, create particular visions of the information world, and ultimately dominate their people (Naím & Bennett 2015). Governments may also reframe available online information into useful information for their intents.

While governments challenge the world of free information in a systematic fashion and with long-term intents, certain individuals also act alone or in groups to manipulate information with short-term goals based on incidental motivations and convenient opportunities. Interestingly, such opportunities emerge in regions where governments do not censor the flow of information in cyberspace, that is, where information democracy is the norm. In such places, certain individuals may want to cause instant damage to other individuals or institutions, and they find opportunities in distributing false information to a large audience given the Internet’s reach. Perpetrators engage in information frauds even though oftentimes such frauds can be detected with a mere inspection of other relevant sources also available on the Internet. This is the case in a large number of situations, such as when individuals distort a politician’s image, a country’s economic or social indicators, or a company’s effectiveness in customer service. Life expectancy of certain false online information is short, but such falsehoods can exert immediate damage to their targets – and there is virtually no penalty for such crimes since legislations regulating the spread of false information on the Internet is largely missing in the democratic world and across countries.

Though the Internet is commonly recognized as the best tool to promote quality information inasmuch as quality can be asserted by accuracy, completeness, timeliness and source transparency, in fact it has been used also to spread false information. False information/rumors are extremely powerful to ignite the emergence of an anti-information/anti-intellectual society. Particularly dangerous in cyberspace is the use of evidence-based data to craft false arguments, usually by resorting to incomplete data and ingenious views on correlations; malicious use of factual data has been creatively termed “weapons of math destruction” (O’Neil 2016). In other words, factual data may be used to create false information and narratives that linger as well as sow discord in the human mind. The information revolution now needs to survive the information wars and restore credibility before a modern version of the Roman catacombs – such as the Deep Web – is needed for people to share and consume real, useful information safely and accurately.

In this scenario, information processing has become increasingly cognitively demanding as we are confronted with information of mixed quality. We approach information of unknown quality, and it approaches us in everyday contexts especially through our mobile devices and services such as social media. The processing of information stems from the fundamental need to connect and be part of the world around us (Maslow 1971). However, in addition to the aforementioned deliberate ill-uses of information by third parties, information overload is also a serious threat to our capacity to process information and make good decisions based on it (Eppler & Mengis 2004). As a consequence, also at risk is our expectation of being effective in the digital society – i.e., of making use of technology-mediated information vis-à-vis a purpose and in a systemically healthy way (Bellini 2018).

Accordingly, as recent events throughout the world have shown, social media platforms are effective means to promote false narratives that amplify bias and try to influence public opinion. There are 3.2 billion social media users in a population of 7.6 billion individuals, of which 2.7 billion are active through their mobile devices (Kemp 2018). Given the spread of information of mixed quality and the fact that bounded rationality (Simon 1979) is a permanent limitation for us to deal with information overload, the situation is ripe for opportunists to spread false information – aka fake news – in multiple online platforms. The ability of an individual, a group or state agents to use platforms like social media to spread false information has indeed amplified, as evidenced recently in political campaigning and elections (Allcott & Gentzkow 2017; Marchi 2012). As research by Lazer et al. (2018) points out, the global society needs new safeguarding standards and novel frameworks to approach this problem.

Our purpose in this track is to provide a forum for such safeguards. We encourage papers that address the broad area of information spread and technology use, and their effects in biasing personal and/or political decision-making. This track specifically encourages submissions of research exploring innovative ways to identify the mechanisms and causes of spreading false information and ways to deal with these mechanisms in the context of rhetoric, design, and social media. We invite submissions that elaborate causes and impacts of false information such as conceptual and theoretical developments, empirical research findings, case studies, research in progress, methodology papers, and other high-quality contributions. Submissions detailing research on measures (either theoretical measures or behavioral interventions, or the design of novel artifacts) to prevent the spread of false information are also welcome.

Opportunities in Leading Journals (if any):

Promising papers will be fast-tracked to BAR – Brazilian Administration Review upon the authors’ consent. BAR is the international flagship journal of the Brazilian Academy of Management (ANPAD). It is indexed in Scopus.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

Mini-track: Rhetoric, technology, and disinformation

Mini-track chair: James Melton, Central Michigan University, melto1jh@cmich.edu

This minitrack seeks to explore the relationship between rhetoric, social media platforms, and disinformation. One of the ways to deal with disinformation and to avoid exacerbating biases is to have a general population trained in rhetoric.  Because the discipline of rhetoric studies the effects of persuasion on audiences, it can help make those audiences more aware of mechanisms of spreading disinformation. For example, recent papers studied how to inoculate people against misinformation by asking them to play roles such as “clickbait monger” seeking to get clicks themselves or to act as “conspiracy theorist”, and found that when made aware of the ease that misinformation could be spread, people were more likely to be critical of it in the future (Roozenbeek et al. 2018; van der Linden et al. 2017). Such interventions demonstrate that rhetorical awareness of mechanisms that enable the spread of disinformation can help combat bias through awareness. We welcome papers at the intersection of rhetoric, psychology, and information systems that attempt to solve the problem of disinformation from an interdisciplinary standpoint.

Mini-track: User experience, human-computer interaction, and design of (dis)information

Mini-track chair: Gustav Verhulsdonck, Central Michigan University, verhu1g@cmich.edu

This minitrack seeks papers at the intersection of User Experience (UX) design, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and disinformation.  Design for user experiences is one way to tackle the problem of disinformation. Today’s technological devices may promote the engagement of a user by designers utilizing deep knowledge of the user’s behavior and psychology (Choi & Kim 2004; Chou & Ting 2003). Persuasive design and design for behavior motivate users to stay longer on a platform by “gaming” their behavior or decisions through the design of an interface (Fogg 2002; Lockton et al. 2010). This can range from simplifying a design with a clear call-to-action so that the user makes a purchase, coax them into staying on the platform, or from deceptive practices where threatening language is used to prevent users from opting in/out of policies (aka “confirmshaming”). Often, design practices can serve to clarify things for the user, but they may also utilize disinformation and serve the underlying economic motive of the platform. What mechanisms can help prevent disinformation from a design point of view?  Which design practices should UX designers consider to counter disinformation and develop more transparent, ethical design for users? We encourage all types of papers dealing with the design of disinformation exploring issues of agency, platforms, and design in light of the challenges of user experience.

Mini-track: Social media and disinformation

Mini-track chair: Rishikesh Jena, University of Alabama, rjena@cba.ua.edu

This minitrack seeks papers that elaborate and/or address the underlying causes of disinformation through technological means.  Researchers have identified how false information is spread more quickly, deeper, and further due to human nature accepting rumors more quickly over truthful statements (Vosoughi, Roy & Aral 2018). The use of social technologies, which allow for quick dissemination of information further encourages this dynamic by offering strong user engagement but little to no context to users. A balancing act is required in the use of these technologies between mechanisms for disseminating information while allowing us to check the validity of this information. Technological developments (algorithms, big data, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart technologies) hold the promise of combating misinformation. At the same time, artificial intelligence, big data, and algorithms offer little to no access to information that they make inferences about our online actions that are often used to present advertisements or information to us. In this track, we are therefore looking for research on the diverse causes of misinformation/disinformation in social technologies and a variety of ways that these technologies can help us combat it.

References

Allcott, H., & Gentzkow, M. (2017). Social media and fake news in the 2016 election. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 31(2), 211-36.

Bellini, C.G.P. (2018). The ABCs of effectiveness in the digital society. Communications of the ACM, 61(7), 84-91.

Choi, D., & Kim, J. (2004). Why people continue to play online games: In search of critical design factors to increase customer loyalty to online contents. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 7(1), 11-24.

Chou, Y.J., & Ting, C. C. (2003). The role of flow experience in cyber-game addiction. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 6(6), 663-675.

Eppler, M.J., & Mengis, J. (2004). The concept of information overload: A review of literature from organization science, accounting, marketing, MIS, and related disciplines. The Information Society, 20(5), 325-344.

Fogg, B.J. (2002). Persuasive technology: Using computers to change what we think and do (interactive technologies). San Francisco, CA: Morgan Kaufmann.

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Social Computing

Track Co-Chairs:

  • (primary contact): Nanda Kumar, Associate Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York, nanda.kumar@baruch.cuny.edu
  • Sara Moussawi, Assistant Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, smoussaw@andrew.cmu.edu

  Description of Proposed Track:

As the quantity of data captured about and shared by individuals has exploded over the last decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in information technologies – such as social networking platforms, collaborative filtering and reputation management systems – that facilitate social interaction among individuals. With the recognition that Social Computing straddles research at the intersection of social behavior and computing technologies, we would like to encourage papers that approach this topic from a plurality of research methods and perspectives. This track welcomes submissions that explore how these Social Computing technologies have transformed how people work, communicate, and play together.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Social Media Analytics
  • Social Media within the Organization
  • The Dark Side of Social Media
  • Decision Making in Online Social Networks
  • Social Shopping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Social Inclusion and Socio-Technical Issues (SIGSI)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Hala Annabi, Associate Professor, University of Washington, hpannabi@uw.edu
  2. Kathy Chudoba, Associate Professor, Utah State University, kathy.chudoba@usu.edu

 

Description of Proposed Track:

The Social Inclusion track welcomes relevant theoretical, empirical, and intervention research, in either completed research or emergent research format, that relates to the mission of SIG Social Inclusion (SIGSI). The purpose of SIGSI is to promote research, pedagogy, and outreach on all aspects of social inclusion in the field of InformFation Systems (IS). The goal of such efforts is to stimulate greater diversity of thought and personnel in AIS and the IS field overall, and participation of all AIS members in a more socially-aware and inclusive discipline.

Social inclusion research investigates the part IT plays in enabling or inhibiting individuals and social groups’ participation in the social structures in which they exist and the needs of under-represented producers or consumers of information systems and technology within the IT field. Topics include: the underrepresentation of gender minorities, race, ethnicities, neurodiversity, and abilities in the IS field, intersectionality of identities (such as ethnicity, gender and socio-economic class), socioeconomic divisions that impact access to or use of technology, designing for the differently-abled, the digital divide, underserved groups in the information society, and a range of topics related to human diversity, and the “haves” and “have nots” in the information society.

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Social Inclusion
  • Gender Issues in IS
  • Social Theory in Information Systems Research
  • IT-Enabled Social Inclusion of Differently Abled People

Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin America (LACAIS Chapter)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Aurora Sanchez-Ortiz, Universidad Catolica del Norte, asanchez@ucn.cl
  2. Valter Moreno, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), valter.moreno@eng.uerj.br

Description of Proposed Track:

The AMCIS 2019 LACAIS track will encourage researchers to submit their work on critical issues in IT that are specific to the context of Latin American countries. Latin America consists of twenty culturally diverse sovereign states and has a population of more than 640 million people. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, the biggest country in the region, with one third of the Latin America population, while Spanish is the most spoken language in the other countries.

A recent Nasdaq report refers to Latin America as a “vibrant, emerging technology hub.” For instance, it points out that Brazil is the fifth largest internet and mobile economy in the world, with a consistent 20% annual growth of its e-commerce segment, and a top-five market for Facebook, Google, and Twitter as far as the number of users is concerned. Another report projects a 30.3% CAGR between 2018 and 2023 for the Latin American blockchain technology market and an expected global revenue of USD 0.51 billion by 2023. Independent forecasts also suggest that the general IT services market will grow at a CAGR of 11.55% in the region, between 2014 and 2019.

Paradoxically, Latin America still faces various challenges regarding individuals’ and organization’s access to and use of IT. The effectiveness of IT investments has been hindered by macroenvironmental factors that characterize the region, such as substantial economic and digital inequalities, heterogeneous digital infrastructures, and institutional, political and economic turbulence. Even so, Information Technology is seen as a critical component in the social and economic development of its various countries (e.g., World Economic Forum, 2018).

This track will open a space for researchers and practitioners in Latin America to present high-quality scholarly and applied papers written in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In this way, it aims at fostering the development of fruitful professional relationships, not only among members of the AIS community in Latin American countries, but also between their educational institutions and companies, as a means to create and critically assess IT-related alternatives to address the problems faced by the Latin American governments, organizations, and populations.

All accepted papers in this track will be published in the language they were submitted. Papers in Spanish and Portuguese must include a copy of the title and abstract in English. The presentations can be made in Spanish, Portuguese or English, at the presenters’ discretion.

We invite authors to submit theory-driven complete research and research-in-progress papers, as well as educational cases and descriptions of innovative IT projects, in which the role of the broader institutional and socioeconomic context is clearly and explicitly addressed. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Track:    Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin America

  • Minitrack 1: Individual and Group Issues in Information Systems

Chairs: Elaine Maria Tavares Rodrigues (COPPEAD/UFRJ) & Patricio Ramirez

The minitrack welcomes papers that address issues related to individuals’ adoption process and usage of information technologies in the specific context of Latin American countries, as well as the potential positive and negative consequences of IT usage. Topics of interest include:

  • uses of IT and information systems, and their antecedents and effects on individuals and groups;
  • individual factors and processes in IT adoption and usage, such as motivation, engagement, rejection, anxiety, habit, absorption, self-efficacy, learning, and cognition;
  • institutional, cultural and socioeconomic issues related to IT/IS adoption and usage;
  • the dynamics of IT and IS adoption, diffusion, and use.
  • Minitrack 2: Collective Intelligence and Knowledge-related Processes

Chairs: Alexandre Graeml (UTFPR)

Information systems and technology have been extensively applied to support and enhance knowledge-related processes, and collective intelligence in particular. This minitrack welcomes papers that not only discuss such issues but also explicitly address and problematize their embeddedness in the Latin American socioeconomic and historical context. Topics of interest include:

  • knowledge processes, their antecedents, and their effects at the organizational and inter-organizational level of analysis;
  • Knowledge Management (KM) applications, models, processes, systems, critical success factors, and impacts;
  • Organizational Learning;
  • the dynamics, antecedents, and consequences of absorptive capacity;
  • communities of practice (CoP);
  • the development, processes, antecedents, and impacts associated with collective intelligence;
  • social media and digital collaboration;
  • corporate universities and e-learning.
  • Minitrack 3: IT Governance and the Business Value of IT

Chairs: Pietro Cunha Dolci (PPGA/UNISC) & Ariel La Paz

IT governance is the processes that ensure the effective and efficient use of IT in enabling an organization to achieve its goals. It is a way to establish mechanisms that can drive and monitor IT performance as well as the desirable behavior related to IT.  The business value of IT (BVIT) is also an important issue for managers today, and it is concerned with the management of risks, optimizing business performance, measuring results and giving answers to questions such as: What is the contribution of IT to the business? Why is IT governance relevant? How can we measure IT performance? and What strategies we can use to mitigate the risks associated with change?

This minitrack has the intention to discuss the relationships among these issues by gathering conceptual, empirical or RIP papers to show how and why the phenomenon occurs on a day-to-day basis regarding structure, processes, strategies, relational mechanisms, and people involved. Some of the topics of interest are:

  • CobiT;
  • Enterprise Risk Management;
  • the implementation of IT governance;
  • intellectual capital creation;
  • IT assurance;
  • outsourcing and offshoring;
  • IT governance maturity level;
  • technology partner governance;
  • valuation methods.
  • Minitrack 4: Digital Transformation and Innovation

Chairs: Claudio Pitassi (Ibmec/RJ)

The digital transformation calls for redefining the economy, labor, democracy, and humanity.  IT will impact the major domains of human labor, reorganize supply chains, induce platform economics, and reshape the participation of economic actors in the value chain. Digital knowledge and data supplement capital, labor, and natural resources as major economic variables. In this context, IT effects may be analyzed at the level of processes and organizations, and involve issues such as traceability, innovation, mobility, automation and redesign of processes, and new IT-enabled business models. This minitrack discusses the relationships among these issues by gathering conceptual and empirical papers to show how and why digital transformation and innovation are taking place in Latin America.

  • Minitrack 5: e-Government and Smart Cities

Chairs: Marie Anne Macadar (EAESP/FGV)

This minitrack welcomes papers that focus on social and environmental issues related to the use of IT at the society, country, city, organization, group and individual level of analysis in Latin America. It will also consider articles that analyze the smart city concept in the socioeconomic context of Latin America, from different points of view (e.g., social, political, economic, and governmental). Although smart cities are based on information and communication technologies (ICT), people, with their knowledge, habits, experiences, culture, and behavior, remain at the heart of concerns. The papers submitted to this minitrack should explore topics such as:

  • e-government and smart city issues and how they are affecting all levels of society;
  • application and implementation of IT by Public Management and NGOs (in democratic practice, participation, transparency);
  • provision of e-services to citizens;
  • IT issues in the management of public organizations and public policies;
  • The social implications of the use of IT by Latin American governments;
  • opensource and free software;
  • socio-environmental aspects of IT, such as green IT, electronic waste, and energy consumption;
  • low carbon economy.
  • Minitrack 6: IT Cases and Project Management

Chairs: Cristiane Drebes Pedron (Uninove)

In addition to the themes above, the LACAIS track also welcomes high-quality scholarly and applied papers that discuss IT and information systems issues that are specific to the socioeconomic and historical context of Latin America. This minitrack congregates papers and teaching cases that do not fit into the previous minitracks, but critically approach IT and IS issues that are important to the well-being the Latin American people, and the development of the region’s organizations, and governments. Topics of interest include:

  • adoption and diffusion of IT at the organization, industry and country level of analysis;
  • analysis and design of information systems;
  • Big Data, Data Science, data visualization and related technologies and applications;
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics;
  • business and economic models of virtual communities in the contexts of crowdsourcing, social media, and virtual worlds;
  • Business Process Management (BPM) and related information technologies;
  • e-business and e-commerce;
  • enterprise, supply chain management, and global information systems;
  • global and cultural issues in IS;
  • information systems security;
  • IS in education, IS curriculum, education and teaching cases;
  • IT leadership, and issues related to the development, hiring and retention, and well-being of IT professionals;
  • IT project management;
  • power and political issues IT-related contexts, at the organizational, and societal level of analysis;
  • sociotechnical issues in IS, digital exclusion and inclusion, and IT in social development;
  • virtual communities and organizations, including individual and group behaviors, processes, and governance mechanisms.

Strategic and Competitive Uses of Information Technology

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Jack D. Becker (becker@unt.edu), ITDS Department, University of North Texas
  2. Daniel Peak (peak@unt.edu), ITDS Department, University of North Texas

Description of Proposed Track:

With the increasing success of strategic and competitive information systems in generating business value and gaining competitive advantage, businesses are more and more interested in the successful design, development, deployment, and use of these systems. Submissions to the Strategic and Competitive Use of Information Technology (SCUIT) track may include complete papers and research-in-progress, and can be conceptual, theoretical, design, empirical, or case studies.  Any research that focuses on the strategic and competitive use of IT/IS will find a home in this track.

 

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Mini-Track 1: IT Governance and Enterprise Architecture
  2. Mini-Track 2: Strategic Use of IT in Nonprofits and the Community Sector
  3. Mini-Track 3: Renewed Focus on Strategic IT Service Management (ITSM) Deliverables
  4. Mini-Track 4: IT-Enabled Information Management Capability (IMC)
  5. Mini-Track 5: Impact of IT on Strategic Innovation and Competitive Advantage
  6. Mini-Track 6: Strategic Impact of Digitized Products
  7. Mini-Track 7: Strategic Impact of IT Operations Management
  8. Mini-Track 8: Strategic IT Risk Management in Organizations
  9. Mini-Track 9: Strategic Implications of Blockchain, Bitcoin, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  10. Mini-Track 10: Impact of IT Productivity on Firm Value  (NEW)

Mini-Track 11:  General: All Other Strategic Uses of IT/IS Topics

Systems Analysis and Design (SIGSAND)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. (primary): Padmal Vitharana (Syracuse University), padmal@syr.edu
  2. Arturo Castellanos (Baruch College), Arturo.Castellanos@baruch.cuny.edu
  3. Jon W. Beard (Iowa State University), jwbeard@iastate.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

Systems analysis involves examining business problems (opportunities) and identifying possible solutions, whereas systems design includes the identification, specification, and implementation of an information technology solution.  The combined field of Systems Analysis and Design (SAND) deals with all issues related to the development of systems and, as such, is of central importance to the Information Systems discipline, including understanding how businesses can create value with new digital technologies.  The SIGSAND track provides a forum for discussing research related to systems development tools, methodologies and other activities throughout the systems development life cycle (SDLC). This includes requirements determination, modeling techniques and languages, agile systems development practices, empirical evaluation of analysis and design methods, user involvement in systems development, open source development, design of systems architecture, and other technical and organizational issues in systems development.  Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Systems Analysis and Design: Methodologies and Processes
    •   Systems Analysis and Design:  Modeling Methods, Techniques, and Languages
    •   Systems Analysis and Design:  Requirements Elicitation, Modeling, and Validation
    •   Analysis and Design for Service-Oriented Enterprises
  • Microservice-based Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Agile Development
    • Strategic Software Management:  Issues, Experiences, and Theory
    •   Technical and Managerial Issues in Open Source Development
    •   User Participation in Information Systems Development
    •   Impact of Systems Analysis and Design on IS use (e.g., adoption, information quality)
    •   Application of SAND concepts and principles beyond IS development (e.g., in data analytics)
  • New and Emerging SAND Tools and Approaches

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  • Systems Analysis and Design Processes
    • Contemporary Issues in Agile Systems Development
    •   Analysis and Design Methodologies
    •   Empirical Evaluations of Systems Analysis and Design Methods and Techniques
    •   User Involvement in Systems Analysis and Design
    •   Organizational Issues in Systems Analysis and Design
    •   General Systems Analysis and Design
  • Modelling Methods, Techniques, and Languages

Virtual Communities and Collaboration (VCC)

Track Co-Chairs (include name, title, university, and email):

  1. (primary): Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, nahf@mst.edu
  2. Gert-Jan de Vreede, Interim Dean, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, gdevreede@usf.edu
  3. Shu Schiller, Professor, Wright State University, shu.schiller@wright.edu

Description of Proposed Track:

The goal of the Virtual Communities and Collaboration track is to disseminate research and extend our knowledge and understanding of virtual communities and collaboration. Collaboration is a fundamental part of organizations and organizational partnerships. Following a continuing trend toward globalization, virtual communities and collaboration are an increasingly important part of organizations. Virtual communities are collective groups of individuals who utilize computer-mediated environments to interact and pursue mutual goals. They can be found in virtual worlds, social media and crowdsourcing sites, among others. Organizations and teams can use computer-mediated environments to improve their processes and outcomes, yet collaboration technologies do not foster value-creation by themselves. Researchers and practitioners need to address behavioral, social, cognitive, and technical issues. Research areas range from design issues in collaboration systems, sense of community and engagement in virtual communities, to impact of virtual communities and collaboration in domains as diverse as business, education, and government. This track aims to solicit contributions from a range of epistemological and methodological perspectives to extend our understanding of virtual communities and collaboration to enhance the theoretical foundation for research, share important empirical findings related to these venues, and provide guidance to practitioners.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The design, development, deployment, use, and evaluation of virtual communities in business and educational settings
  • Individual and group behaviors in virtual communities and collaboration
  • Collaboration among and interplay between virtual communities, and the impact of these environments on participants and communities
  • Individual and group behaviors, processes, and governance mechanisms in virtual communities and collaboration
  • The role of individual attitudes and characteristics on behaviors, processes and outcomes in virtual communities and collaboration
  • Ethics, privacy, security, and trust issues in virtual communities and collaboration
  • Intra- and inter-organizational communication and collaboration and cultural issues in virtual communities associated with social media, crowdsourcing and virtual worlds
  • Business and economic models of virtual communities associated with crowdsourcing, social media, and virtual worlds
  • Power and political issues related to individual, group, organizational, and societal behaviors in virtual communities and collaborations
  • Organizational and societal impacts of social networking in virtual communities and collaboration
  • Applications of virtual communities and collaboration in different social/cultural settings and business domains
  • Novel and innovative applications of virtual communities and collaboration
  • Social analytics and big data analytics of virtual communities and collaboration
  • Business implications of virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Methodological and measurement advances in virtual communities and collaboration

Potential Mini-Tracks:

  1. Social and Business Value of Virtual Communities
  2. Behavioral and Design Issues in Virtual Communities
  3. Issues and Challenges in Virtual Collaboration and Distributed Decision Making
  4. Virtual Communities and Social Media in Health Care
  5. Fake News, Rumors and Other Unintended Consequences of Engagement in Virtual Communities
  6. Analytics in Virtual Communities and Open Innovation
  7. Advances in Education through Virtual Communities and Technology-Mediated Collaborative Learning
  8. Sharing Economy
  9. Virtual Crowdsourcing Communities
  10. Social Shopping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly