Digital technologies and associated platforms transcend traditional societal boundaries and reach across nations, cultures, and previously distinct industries and sectors of society. This is reshaping the world, and provides opportunities to foster prosperity, human well-being, and sustainability. Of course, it also introduces challenges, increases risks, and presents a variety of ethical issues. As leading thinkers about the impact of digital technologies on individuals, organizations, and society, IS researchers have a key role to play in the responsible and empowering transition to a digitally united world. This conference theme track is about thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with digitally united societies, broadly conceived.
We welcome original works taking any methodological or epistemological approach. We will consider both empirical and theoretical papers. Accepted papers will provide (or offer the potential to provide) substantial theoretical and practical contributions to the IS literature.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a term with an evolving meaning and encompasses a vast amount of techniques, tools and technological artefacts. The investigation of AI is always timely, but even more so as its use diffuses throughout a number of areas, ranging from household applications, agriculture, healthcare, warfare, but also in production and the supply chain world. Therefore, the track seeks to explore further the potential of AI for the Information Systems field and shed more light in the management of practices and processes. At the same time, we consider crucial to reflect on the challenges, the implications and the unintended consequences stemming out of the use of AI and its applications for organisations and society at large.
We welcome conceptual and empirical papers with a focus on AI that make a clear contribution to the literature of Information Systems. We welcome any methodological stance (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods etc) and we welcome in particular contrarian and critical views.
Below we list an indicative list of topics:
Workplaces and the way of working are undergoing a process of change, leading to a digital work environment characterized. In this context, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking a serious role for different contexts, such as automatization, data analysis, and predictions. To get insights from data, different AI techniques and tools can be applied. These insights can be utilized to further enhance and drive the digitalization of work. At this point we have not fully understood the impact of AI on digital work i.e., which chances and risks we can expect. The impact can be, however, observed on organizational level, technological level and behavioral level.
Questions, which arise are: How do we manage AI in organizations? What are the technological requirements for implementing AI in organizations? How does AI change the way of working? How can we avoid a resistance to change by employees? How do we design AI transparent and ethical? How can AI enable digital upskilling and learning in organizations? Overall, this track raises the question how digitalization changes the work environment and the way of working in the digital era. In this track, we welcome conceptual, empirical and design-oriented papers that analyse, explain or predict implications of AI on the future of work in organizations, or that design AI-based solutions in the context of digital work.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Technological advancements have contributed to the generation of massive amounts of data that unleash huge opportunities not only for organizations but also for society. The application of business analytics, business intelligence, and big data approaches enables us to integrate, analyse, visualize, and ultimately understand and improve the complex processes that make up our digitized world. Such approaches are enablers for knowledge discovery transforming societies and organizations. Over the past few years, there has been enthusiasm around business analytics as organizations explore how they can leverage their data to create and maintain a competitive advantage. Improved communication, more sustainable processes, as well as new business models are examples for the innovative use of disparate data sources (such as mobile, the Internet of Things, streaming data or social media data).
In addition to the potential of transforming businesses, business analytics, business intelligence and big data can contribute to better human health and well-being, improved public services, and better support of environmental and climate causes. The datafication of our society can help the drive towards solutions that safeguard and promote human values by creating empowered societies through the use of data, building digital bridges, and maintaining sustainable and inclusive societies among others.
Motivated by the explosion of interest in these emerging fields, the present track aims to promote multidisciplinary contributions dealing with socio-economic, organizational, technological, cultural, and societal perspectives. We call for submissions based on quantitative and qualitative work, theoretical research, design research, action research, or behavioral research. Furthermore, we encourage papers with outcomes that demonstrate the organizational impact of business analytics and big data in terms of competitive performance, innovativeness, increased agility, and market capitalizing competence. In particular, we welcome papers that discuss and expand our understanding of how the use of business analytics and big data is impacting fundamental human values and society at a larger scale. Please note that papers solely dealing with AI and machine learning algorithms are not the focus of this track.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
FinTech, which refers to the use of novel technologies, such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, to design, deliver and optimize financial services, refers to a broad variety of technological interventions within digital finance. Such technological interventions can be applied within 1) private finance such as P2P payment platforms, money remittances, saving accounts, P2P lending platforms, alternative credit scoring, 2) commercial finance such as crowdfunding, WealthTech, PropTech, security trading without human intervention, and 3) operational backbone of traditional financial institutions such as clearing and settlement.
Blockchain/DLT technologies challenge prevailing myths concerning supremacy of centralised computing architectures and offer new opportunities for developing radically new digital financial services. At the same time, the new technology architecture has been criticized as being ‘unnecessary’ or ‘unfit’ to deal with real issues in finance and beyond. Blockchain-based applications in the financial service area include, for example, cryptocurrencies, cross-border payments, underlying blockchain technology architecture (DLT, including Ethereum), smart contracts, and others.
Topics for this track include, but are not limited to the following:
Distributed ledger technologies enable the creation of cryptographic tokens, namely representations of tangible (e.g., real estate) or intangible (e.g., patent) assets as tokens that are easy to create and trade. A multitude of potential use cases are currently envisioned and pilots are tested. However, numerous technical, organizational and legal hurdles still exist which impede the widespread adoption of a token economy. Furthermore, acceptance among non-institutional end users is still low.
The emergence of a token economy thus leads to numerous important questions, ranging from a critical evaluation of the capabilities and limitations of tokens from a technical perspective to the transformation of economic and societal structures through the tokenization of business processes, real-world assets, and property rights. Additionally, legal and trust issues exist, which are exacerbated by the borderless nature of blockchain technologies.
To address these challenges, this track calls for academic research on blockchain-based tokens and their potential technical, economic and social implications. We invite innovative and relevant empirical (qualitative and quantitative) studies as well as design-oriented research and conceptual/theoretical papers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
In a growing number of industries, new paths of value creation are enabled by the development of information and communication technologies (ICT). To remain competitive, companies use ICT to transform their existing business models or to facilitate new ones. These digital transformations often affect large parts of organizations, leading to far-reaching changes in the economy and society. Therefore, it is important to understand ICT-enabled changes in value creation and realization, exchanges and combinations of resources, delivery of new digital services and products, process innovation, and thus, new digital business models (Hedman and Kalling 2003). In line with the conference theme, companies also have to monitor the impact on society, including ethical implications, of their business models and transformation choices to ensure long-term success.
As an established part of ECIS since 2014, this track will examine the impact of technological developments on the design of business models (Veit et al. 2014). Furthermore, the track also invites submissions that focus on how companies can successfully manage the digital transformation process (Matt et al. 2015). Submissions are encouraged from all theoretical and methodological perspectives drawing from IS, strategic management, and related disciplines.
Topics include but are not limited to:
We invite contributions that explore the relationship between business process management and digital innovation. The rapid uptake of fast maturing digital technologies such as mobile, social, cognitive, and cloud computing have sig-nificant, but still poorly understood implications for the design, automation and overall management of business processes. We are interested in how business process management can foster digital innovation activities, and in turn, how digital innovation changes the way we think about the design and management business process work.
We welcome conceptual and empirical studies, and encourage interdisciplinary research. Selected papers will be invited to be submitted as extended versions to the BPM department of the Business & Information Systems Engineering journal for fast-track review process.
Submissions to this track may address questions such as (but are not limited to) the following:
Submissions on other BPM-related topics are also welcome.
New personalized, consumerized and human-centric information systems emerge and digitally unite people, enterprises and societies more than ever before. These information systems bring many advantages but are also associated with adverse effects especially at the individual level. Being overwhelmed with information and requests to adapt to new technologies often impedes focusing on relevant information and may even lead to attention deficit. This may be worsened by multitasking on various devices and constantly interacting with a smartphone. Thus, information systems need to integrate cognitive and emotional aspects for preparing the individual to be of support in a digitally united society.
We invite contributions on the design and use of information systems that reflect cognitive implications, requirements and consequences at the individual level. Cognitive considerations in guiding or “nudging” users’ choices become relevant e.g., by encouraging people to behave socially and environmentally responsible or to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Furthermore, contributions are invited that provide understanding of how digital technology shapes human cognition and emotion and investigates how user interact with technology and algorithms. We welcome novel qualitative and quantitative empirical insights and conceptual research contributing to theory development and offering directions for future research. We especially encourage research grounded in reference disciplines such as cognitive psychology, human computer interaction, neuroscience, or automated cognition.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Recent developments in digital technology have reshaped almost all aspects of our lives: our education, our work, and our social life. Despite the benefits afforded by digital technologies, they often produce challenges that the academic community cannot ignore. This track aims to not only elucidate the opportunities that accompany digitization, but also to reflect on how the information systems community can aid in tackling the challenges brought about by digitization. Essentially, the goal of this track is to raise awareness and generate scholarly debate about the opportunities and challenges for fostering digital inclusion in our increasingly interconnected world. Not only are diversity, equity, and inclusion instrumental in assuring fairness in society and assimilating communities, they also drive the proliferation of skillsets fundamental to the realization of a truly digital society in the foreseeable future. Although the role digital technology plays in society has received attention in the past couple of years, research in this area is still rather fragmented. We do not yet have a coherent body of literature that theorizes about the consequences of digital technology on individuals, communities, and the broader society.
This track closely aligns with the conference theme, Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World, in its aspiration for a more just society, in which digital technology constitutes an integral component. This track also considers technology-related topics touching on the intersections between age, culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status, and how they relate to education, industries, and society in general.
We welcome submissions – either as full research or research in progress papers – that analyze the equalizing role digital technology plays in different aspects of contemporary life. Submissions could include theory development, literature reviews, or practical teaching cases from various research traditions, including qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or design science.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Information systems (IS) have become a pervasive element in private, organizational, and societal contexts. Thereby, humans constantly adjust to emerging technological developments against the backdrop of changes in political, economic, and health circumstances. Similarly, system engineers need to consider the design, implementation, and evaluation of novel artefacts in highly dynamic environments. Especially human values, such as diversity, equity, fairness, and inclusion have gained increasing importance in the design of computing artefacts. These values are vital in the IS research community’s pursuit of exploring new horizons for digitally united societies.
Design research in IS is concerned with informing the design of artefacts by establishing and applying (design) theories, exploring and testing models, providing design guidelines, as well as designing and evaluating computing artefacts. This track stimulates that extends the scientific knowledge base for design research in IS in general and for a digitally united society in particular. We seek research that produces design knowledge about computing artefacts for addressing real-world problems, methodological contributions for designing such systems, and knowledge about the implications of specific design elements. We welcome a diversity of submissions focusing on designing, developing, and evaluating artefacts, adding to the theoretical and methodological knowledge base of design research.
This track is sponsored by AIS SIGHCI. High quality and relevant papers from this track will be considered for selection for fast-tracked development towards publication in AIS Transaction on Human-Computer Interaction (https://aisel.aisnet.org/thci/). Selected papers will need to expand in content and length in line with the requirements for standard research articles published in the journal. Although the track co-chairs are committed to guiding the selected papers towards final publication, further reviews may be needed before final publication decision can be made.
The purpose of this track is to focus on a core topic in business and information systems engineering research. Enterprise modelling is an established approach for the conceptual representation, design, implementation and analysis of information systems in general and the support of human communication. It contributes with the conceptualization, implementation, and use of machine-processable languages to facilitate the interaction with complex business and technological scenarios, engage in knowledge management and support organizational engineering. In addition, the development of reference models for selected domains, the design of generic models for enterprise architecture management, and the development of modelling tools are investigated. Enterprise Modelling supports the creation of innovative digital solutions and thus to investigate new horizons for our society in terms of human value-driven digitalization.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
Arrangements for subsequent journal publications will be sought after with the BISE Journal (Department Enterprise Modeling and Business Ecosystems) and the EMISAJ Journal.
This track aims to develop theoretical and practical insights into issues related to social and ethical implications of information and communication technology (ICT) use, with the goal to thrive towards a sustainable and digitally-enabled future. This track thus aligns with the ECIS 2022 conference theme of “New Horizons in Digitally United Societies.”
We welcome papers that address knowledge gaps in: (1) the nature of the problem under investigation, (2) negative aspects associated with the problem, and (3) solutions that can mitigate the problem.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
The track is open to all methodological approaches. We invite both full research and research-in-progress papers.
Globally, healthcare systems are struggling with the monumental challenges of providing quality care to a growing, aging population, as well as facilitating the monitoring and management of exponentially increasing chronic diseases such as diabetes or obesity and trying to stem exponentially increasing costs to deliver quality care and access.
Health IT is expected to deliver a measurable impact on managing these challenges. However, to date, evidence is scarce as to whether Health IT lives up to the promise and the expected benefits from IT have yet to be realized.
This track seeks conceptual, empirical and design science research and research in progress papers that enhance our knowledge on any and all facets of Health IT.
We specifically look for papers dealing with:
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
When the technology acceptance model (TAM) was developed (Davis 1989), computers were unfamiliar to many. At that time, the technologies were designed to automate administrative and transactional work, typically by utilizing large enterprise systems. Today, digital technologies are permeating every aspect of our work, lives, and societies. With an unrelenting pace of technological innovation, emerging information systems and technologies, including smartphones, social media, artificial intelligence, wearable devices, Internet of things, and digital agents, are continuously evolving and being used in organizational, societal and personal contexts.
While these digital innovations have been infusing and reshaping organizational operations, societies and individuals’ lives, many of the theoretical perspectives fall short of understanding these new contexts, having been derived from the time when computers were new and unknown to many. Hence, the rapid digital innovation provides opportunities to discuss and rethink the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies that demand novel approaches to understand how individuals, organizations and societies adopt, adapt to and use these new information systems and technologies. Therefore, we encourage contributions that use new theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to study technology adoption, use, diffusion and infusion phenomena. Studies using conceptual, analytical, design-oriented, or empirical approaches are welcome.
Potential topics include but are not limited to:
This track and the suggested topics align well with the ECIS 2022 conference theme on New Horizons in Digitally United Societies. It provides a platform for scholarly exchanges on research of adoption, use, diffusion and infusion of digital technologies and innovations that apply new theoretical underpinnings and methodological approaches to studying their use, as well as their positive and negative consequences
The practices, organization, and management of IS Development (ISD) have been core research topics from the very beginning of the Information Systems discipline. However, IS development still struggles with time and budget overruns, and failure to meet functionality and quality targets. The context, technologies, and application domains of ISD furthermore continue to change. New software development approaches, software platforms, and operating contexts digitize the delivery cycle and pose new questions as to how to organize and manage projects and ISD organizations. Phenomena such as agile development, IT platforms, (X)aaS, DevOps, Continuous Development and Deployment, change the composition and operation of IS projects, programmes and departments. Developments in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence affect team learning and knowledge sharing, mediate collaboration, or even let machines be new actors in project teams.
ISD research has examined IS development from many perspectives, including ISD methods and practices, risk management, organizational learning, top management roles, and ISD and project management methodologies. The current developments in ISD lead us to revisit old, as well as study new themes arising on the horizon of ISD.
This track welcomes papers that improve our understanding of IT and ISD projects, on the societal, organizational, group, and individual levels.
The best Paper(s) from the track will be fast tracked for publication in the Project Management Journal.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Digitalization currently changes the business world as well as the society as whole. In this regard, knowledge is still and will play an even more important role in the future as this resource is a source of organizational value creation. Over the last years, we also witnessed that more and more digital technologies (e.g., conversational agents, AI) rely on externalized organizational knowledge to support knowledge workers in their tasks or even autonomously perform specific tasks.
This track raises the question whether and how digitalization in general changes the socio-technical aspects related to managing organizational knowledge. At the same time, this track also questions how organizational knowledge should be created, managed, used, and protected to reach new horizons in the digitalization of KM.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Open IT systems describe a wide range of platforms, concepts, and practices. At the heart of these systems is the desire to break down traditional barriers to participation and overcome antiquated structures. This allows people, knowledge, and resources to move and interact more freely, creating new opportunities inside and outside of organizations. This can allow individuals, organizations, markets, and societies to form new relationships and work collectively towards shared goals and develop innovative new solutions for complex problems.
Such collaborations inevitably present new challenges, as scholars seek to understand and design systems capable of balancing (i) the need to accommodate sustained communities versus the need for dynamic participation (ii) the need to accommodate contrasting values, interests, and motivations. Thus, we invite applied, empirical and theoretical research papers that will contribute to our scholarly understanding of openness and IT.
The track was part of ECIS from 2013 to 2020 consecutively. We believe the track is an especially good fit with the conference theme in 2021 because the openness of IT solutions and the openness of society are increasingly important at the time of crisis and when human values are threatened. The track contributes to a better understanding of how to build open IT solutions to support open society. A journal special issue/section is under consideration.
10 Topics of interest to the track:
This track aims to integrate research perspectives from service science and information systems (IS) to examine how digital technology transforms service systems. Service science is a boundary-spanning and inherently interdisciplinary field that aims to analyze and design service systems, which are configurations of value co-creating actors, in order to advance service innovation in society more broadly. The IS discipline contributed to service science since its inception about 15 years ago. Today, IS focusses on the potential of digital technologies to make service systems increasingly data-driven, smarter, resource-efficient, interconnected and customer-oriented. As such, service science research within the IS discipline contributes to the development of new horizons in terms of a global and digitally connected service society.
We call for relevant and rigorous research that reaches beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The interdisciplinary nature of Service Science supports diversity of research paradigms, including theoretical, empirical and design science. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Social media have become part of the work and life of billions of humans around the globe. Social media platforms facilitate paradigm shifts in the ways we develop relationships, communicate with each other, collaborate, procure goods and services, and exchange information. They allow anyone to virtually share information with a global audience that becomes, in line with the conference theme, digitally united.
The ubiquitous nature of social media use requires a better understanding of the role and long-term consequences of this phenomenon for digital transformation on individual, organizational and societal levels.
On the one hand, proponents argue that social media promote creation of social capital, result in increased interconnectedness, or facilitate empowerment. On the other hand, opponents express strong concerns over the dangers of social media. The sheer quantity and the sensitivity of the information users disclose gives rise to strong privacy concerns. Other undesirable developments include distraction, addiction, depression, mood disorders. In companies the multivocality, afforded by social media, can yield tensions for organizational coherence. Finally, the phenomenon of fake news has recently emerged as a dangerous development, posing significant challenges for platform providers and users. Considering both positive and negative impacts of social media, managers and policy-makers find themselves confronted with a complex choice of whether these platforms should be regulated and, if so, how. The twitter-ban of sitting US president Donald Trump can be seen as a, very recent, milestone in this context.
This track seeks submissions examining the role social media is playing in transforming the networked society and businesses at large. We especially encourage research that reaches out beyond IS theories, is grounded in multiple reference disciplines and applies new intriguing perspectives to document and understand the transformatory impact of social media and social media-related smartphone use.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
In the digital age, innovative technologies influence and change established work processes, products, services, and business models by connecting individuals, organizations, machines, and other ‘things’ in new ways, as well as by enabling novel working, collaboration, and automation models (Fitzgerald et al. 2014). To succeed in this highly competitive and dynamic environment, organizations must unfold the potential of advanced digital technologies in their business strategies, transform their work routines, processes and structures, rethink their business models, as well as manage and govern IT infrastructures that are central to their value propositions (Legner et al. 2017). In short, pervasive digitalization has increased the importance of information technology (IT) and transformed the demands placed on organizations in general, and IT functions in particular. Besides ensuring regular IT operations, IT functions are increasingly required to proactively identify technological innovations and to rapidly transfer them into marketable solutions – and with that to directly contribute to their organization’s value proposition (Urbach et al. 2017).
In this context, IS strategizing and governance represent key activities for the effective deployment of IT resources and ultimately for value creation through IT. The emergence of new digital technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence [AI], big-data analytics, blockchain, cloud computing) and infrastructures (e.g., digital platforms and ecosystems), novel value-creation processes and work practices (e.g., IT consumerization, human-robot collaboration, resource sharing) along with the availability of unprecedented data volumes challenge existing conceptualizations and theories related to IS strategy and governance (Markus 2017; Newell & Marabelli 2015). For instance, while cloud services may make the IT artefact seemingly disappear, the challenge of governing the design and use of such services and associated IT resources has become even more acute (Schneider & Sunyaev 2016). Digital business models and gig economy platforms that revolve around resource sharing and/or complex product-service offerings not only challenge organizational boundaries, but also established ideas about ownership of resources, tasks, and outputs (Schor 2014). Similarly, while AI-based algorithms can automate business processes, they also highlight the need for data and process governance (Tarafdar et al. 2017). At the same time, in organizations where more ‘traditional’ technologies and work arrangements are still dominant, IS strategy and governance challenges remain highly complex and important (Wiener et al. 2016).
The objectives of the proposed track are two-fold. First, from a scholarly research perspective, the objective is to foster and promote novel concepts and theories on IS strategy and governance, with a particular focus on the manifold opportunities and challenges associated with the pervasive digitalization of business and society. Second, the track aims at offering insights that enable IS practitioners to leverage emerging digital technologies, to respond to digitalization challenges, and ultimately, to make effective use of available IT resources.
The track is open to all types of contributions—including research in progress—studying IS strategy and governance topics from different stakeholder perspectives, in different contexts and settings (e.g., for-profits and non-profits), at different levels of analysis (e.g., individual, project, program, organizational, network, ecosystem, and societal level), and with different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches (e.g., conceptual, design-oriented, and empirical studies). We particularly welcome studies that address the conference theme “Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World” by discussing and expanding our understanding of how digital technologies (e.g., those used for control or governance purposes) and human values influence each other and sometimes conflict, whether at the individual, the organizational and/or the societal level.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Fitzgerald, M., Kruschwitz, N., Bonnet, D., & Welch, M. (2014) “Embracing Digital Technology: A New Strategic Imperative,” MIT Sloan Management Review, 55(2), 1-12.
Legner, C., Eymann, T., Hess, T., Matt, C., Böhmann, T., Drews, P., Maedche, A., Urbach, N., & Ahlemann F. (2017) “Digitalization: Opportunity and Challenge for the Business and Information Systems Engineering Community,” Business & Information Systems Engineering, 59(4), 301-308.
Markus, M. L. (2017) “Datification, Organizational Strategy, and IS Research: What’s the Score?” Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 26(3), 233-241.
Newell, S., & Marabelli, M. (2015) “Strategic Opportunities (and Challenges) of Algorithmic Decision-Making: A Call for Action on the Long-Term Societal Effects of ‘Datification’,” Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 24(1), 3-14.
Schneider, S., & Sunyaev, A. (2016) “Determinant Factors of Cloud-Sourcing Decisions: Reflecting on the IT Outsourcing Literature in the Era of Cloud Computing,” Journal of Information Technology, 31(1), 1-31.
Schor, J. (2014) “Debating the Sharing Economy,” Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics, 4(3), 1-13.
Tarafdar, M., Beath, C., & Ross, J. (2017) “Enterprise Cognitive Computing Applications: Opportunities and Challenges,” IT Professional, 19(4), 2-8.
Urbach, N., Drews, P., & Ross, J. (2017) “Digital Business Transformation and the Changing Role of the IT Function,” MIS Quarterly Executive, 16(2), ii-iv.
Wiener, M., Mähring, M., Remus, U., & Saunders, C. (2016) “Control Configuration and Control Enactment in Information Systems Projects: Review and Expanded Theoretical Framework,” MIS Quarterly, 40(3), 741-774.
When organizations implement information security measures, the measures become implicated in organizations’ technological fabric and the ebb and flow of organizational life. While it is plausible to assume that implementing information security has effects on organizing, how information security measures become and what organizational implications they pose seem contingent. When implemented, information security measures may impose control (Cram et al., 2016), constrain the flows of information (Baskerville & Dhillon, 2008), cause stress among employees (D’Arcy et al., 2014), hinder or even prevent performing work practices (Njenga & Brown, 2012; Hannah & Robertson, 2015), effect intrinsic work motivation (Hemin et al., 2020), expose employees’ privacy, and surface ethical concerns like value conflicts (Hedström et al., 2011) and workplace surveillance (Stahl et al., 2012), to name some of the implications. At the same time, practitioners and scholars agree on the enabling role that information security has for contemporary organizing and for digital transformation (Baskerville et al. 2014; Niemimaa & Niemimaa, 2019); information security concerns can hinder or prevent the adoption of digital technologies, and failures can have devastating effects on organizations but also for the societies they serve.
This track invites papers that study broadly the effects of information security on organizing, also including the effects on privacy and ethics. In short, we invite submissions that address the relation between information security, privacy, ethics, and organizing.
The topics include but are not limited to:
The area of sports digitalization is very well fitted for the conference theme, as per the famous words of Nelson Mandela: “Sport has the power to change the world… to unite people in a way that little else does.” During the COVID-19 pandemic that erupted in 2020, the importance and challenges of the continuation of sports around the world became evident. Engaging in sports experiences, sporting activities and physical activities provided diversion, hope, and encouragement. Moreover, the digital transformation of sports performance and consumption has accelerated during the pandemic. As a result, sports have become more accessible, global, inclusive, and digital.
On the professional sport side, though the use of digital tools in sports can be traced back to Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball”, nowadays digitalization in sports settings goes beyond data analytics, and expands to areas such as organizing and managing sports teams and their stakeholders, accessing and interpreting sports information, and engaging with fans. Further, digitalization has also led to the creation of new, born-digital sports (e.g., e-sports), which poses profound implications for the very nature of the sports field.
On the recreational sport side, digitalization has exerted its influence through digital platforms, wearable technologies, and IoT technologies. How individuals and groups engage in, organize, and manage physical activities has changed due to the emergence of new (platform) technologies as well as the availability of data. Moreover, the adoption of wearable technologies spiked during the pandemic, as people increasingly focused on monitoring their health and wellbeing. Finally, this track focuses on the broad phenomenon of digitalization in the context of professional and recreational sport. The goal is two fold: (1) to examine how organizations and individuals have approached digitalization and utilized various digital tools across different sporting areas, as well as how digitalization and/or digital technologies changes the practices and the very organization of sports; (2) to investigate the sports context and how this context can contribute to our understanding of digitalization.
We welcome papers with all methodological approaches and encourage submissions from researchers representing all ontological perspectives. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
In the digital age, organizations are faced with the challenge of adapting their IS sourcing practices to a number of major changes (Dibbern et al. 2020). First, digital technologies increasingly permeate the processes, products, and services of companies (Venkatraman 2017)—including those IS services and products offered by a vibrant and increasingly complex ecosystem of external service providers that includes consulting companies, standard software providers, specialized development firms, and digital giants. Second, the digital transformation entails a number of concurrent technological shifts such as the rise of AI and new architectural paradigms (e.g., microservices, low-code platforms, and serverless computing) that fundamentally change the nature of the task that is being sourced (Willcocks et al. 2016), reconfigure firm boundaries, and add further complexity to the already confusing number of alternative sourcing arrangements (Lacity et al. 2010; Oshri et al. 2019, Nevo and Kotlarsky, 2020) and governance mechanisms (Benaroch et al. 2016; Gregory et al. 2013; Huber et al. 2013; Kotlarsky et al. 2018; Wiener et al. 2016). Furthermore, with the growing popularity of data-driven business models issues associated with data sourcing are becoming more prevailed (Wiener et al. 2020). To respond to these changes, sourcing professionals will have to adapt their decision and governance practices—offering unique opportunities for researchers to advance understanding of the evolution and socio-technical underpinnings of sourcing practices (Sarker et al. 2019).
This track welcomes papers that improve our understanding of how, why, and under what conditions sourcing can make a positive contribution to the digital transformation of firms. We welcome all types research, including empirical, conceptual, and simulation-based studies that address social, technical, and socio-technical aspects of IS sourcing. We also welcome ‘focus on practice’ submissions. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: