Track Descriptions

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Accounting Information Systems (SIG ASYS)

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. The track considers papers from all research methods, including design science, behavioral, and archival.

Track Chairs:

Fiona Rohde, University of Queensland
Scott Boss, Bentley University

Adoption and Diffusion of IT (SIG ADIT)

The extant literature on adoption and diffusion has improved our understanding of how IT is utilized by individuals, groups, and organizations and its wanted and unwanted consequences. In turn, we now have rich insights into relevant topics such as digital innovation, digital business models, and factors that affect IT implementation, to name a few. With the accelerating pace of digital transformation in many organizations and societies and the fundamental role of IT systems and services in it, as has been witnessed during COVID-19 pandemic, there is still much to learn about the diffusion and adoption of IT. We need to investigate the potential of new digital innovations, while also examining downsides of adoption and diffusion of IT. Issues such as IS misuse, obsessive addiction, technostress, information overload, and new digital divides to name a few, all have become important areas to investigate. This track seeks to be a forum for high quality research that can theoretically and/or practically provide valuable insights into the adoption and diffusion of digital innovations at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels. This includes the application of all types of research methodologies.

Track Chairs:

Andreas Eckhardt, University of Innsbruck
Hamed Qahri Saremi, DePaul University
Jean-Grégoire Bernard, Victoria University of Wellington

Advances in Information Systems (General Track)

For most of a decade, now, The Advances in Information Systems Track under the sponsorship of the longest continually published MIS research journal, The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, has provided an open and diverse venue in which emerging SIGs and established SIGs that do not have sufficient critical mass to sponsor their own Track can offer collegial environments for the recruitment and presentation of speciality research.

In addition to providing a useful outlet for smaller SIGs to have a conference presence, The Advances in Information Systems Track also provides the critical service of housing the General Minitrack, where papers from other track and mintrack leaders may be safely reviewed to avoid conflict of interest issues. As part of this the rising Program Committee of the next year’s conference operates the General Minitrack as an experiential exercise designed to be the classic “realistic job preview” for the coming year’s Program Committee work.

Track Chairs:

Tom Stafford, Louisiana Tech University
Deborah Armstrong, Florida State University

Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Information Systems (SIG ODIS)

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.

Track Chairs:

Vijayan Sugumaran, Oakland Universty
Don Heath, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Cognitive Research in IS (SIG CORE)

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.

Track Chairs:

Jia Shen, Rider University
Emre Yetgin, Rider University
Cindy Riemenschneier, Baylor University
Bob Otondo, Mississippi State University

Data Science and Analytics for Decision Support (SIG DSA)

The unprecedent increase in the amount of data available for processing has created novel innovative opportunities for individuals, organizations, and society. This is creating a huge impact across industries (e.g. healthcare, finance, energy, and sports) when engaging in complex analytical tasks. The ability to manage big data and generate insightful knowledge is also leading towards significant organizational transformation. At a higher level, big data and analytics applications are driving positive impact in society in areas, such as health and well-being (e.g. in the fight against Covid19), poverty mitigation, food safety, energy, and sustainability.

Organizations are allocating greater resources to enhance and develop new innovative applications of advanced analytics capabilities. As organizations transform into data and analytics centric enterprises (e.g. health insurance companies, automobile companies), more research is needed on the technical, behavioral, and organizational aspects of this progress. On one hand, research focused on the creation and application of new data science approaches, like deep learning and cognitive computing, can inform different ways to enhance decision making and improve 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 include data and process governance and ethics and integrity issues, management and leadership, and driving innovation and entrepreneurship.

The track “Data Science and Analytics for Decision Support” 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 and visualization from varied data sources (e.g. 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, legal and ethical 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; 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. Visionary research on new and emerging topics that make innovative contributions to the field are also welcome.

Track Chairs:

Ciara Heavin, University College Cork

Aleš Popovič, NEOMA Business School

Haya Ajjan, Elon University

Digital Agility

Organizations have recognized the importance of the need to swiftly sense and respond to changes in the marketplace. Organizations resort to different approaches to developing organizational agility based on several contextual conditions. 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? How does IT shape various business processes in shaping organizational agility? How is agility differentiated across various business processes? What can we learn from specific pockets of literature such as those on agile software development agility, lean development, etc. to develop insights into the relationship between organizational agility and IT. This track is open various types of research including those that use quantitative, qualitative, and theoretical approaches to examining IT-enabled organizational agility.

Track Chairs:

Jongwoo (Jonathan) Kim, University of Massachusetts Boston

Lan Cao, Old Dominion University

Digital technology for the Indigenous, of the Indigenous, and by the Indigenous

The information systems discipline (IS) has been at the forefront of helping organisations and society navigate the rapid terrain of technological change. However, despite decades of IS research, very few studies have examined the ICT-related experiences and practices of Indigenous people, as well as the digital artefacts they develop. The lack of IS research on Indigenous people is surprising because, in the last few decades, Indigenous people have purposefully begun using technology as a platform to reclaim their cultural identity and represent their cultural values in digital artefacts. The paucity of work in this domain may be both a cause and a consequence of the underrepresentation of indigenous groups within IS. Western worldviews, theories and assumptions continue to dominate the IS literature and are accepted and taken for granted as the normal way of doing things.

Across the world, Indigenous people have been and, in many places continue to be, discriminated against and marginalised. This track is an invitation to IS scholars and practitioners to showcase research for the Indigenous, of the Indigenous, and by the Indigenous to develop an inclusive understanding of information systems-related topics.

Exemplar topics and types of contributions looked-for

Topics of interest to the track include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical analysis of technology initiatives that involve Indigenous people
  • Technology and decolonisation
  • Emancipatory role of digital technology for Indigenous people
  • The role of Indigenous knowledge and practices in technology initiatives
  • Successful technology initiatives that embrace Indigenous knowledge and practices
  • Challenges associated with Indigenous technology initiatives
  • Indigenous knowledge and its applications in a specific technological context
  • The role of technology in addressing social inequality and inequity among Indigenous communities
  • The inclusion of Indigenous viewpoints in designing and developing technology

Track Chairs:

Angsana A. Techatassanasoontorn, Auckland University of Technology

AntonioDiaz Andrade, Auckland University of Technology

Amber Young, University of Arkansas

Harminder Singh, Auckland University of Technology

Enterprise System (SIG EntSys)

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.

Track Chairs:

Renée Pratt, University of North Georgia

Randy V. Bradley, University of Tennessee

French Program

(no SIG) AMCIS 2021 will take place in the Canadian province of Québec, the center of French-speaking culture in North America. Inspired by our hosting ground, this track aims to provide a unique space for rigorous and high-quality IS research centered on two main themes. The first, focuses on IS research, that is written in French, and that investigates the general themes of digital innovation and/or digital transformation. We particularly seek papers that present novel insights on the role of culture (e.g., national, digital, or organizational) in shaping these important phenomena. The second theme pays tribute to French speaking thinkers, such as Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Durkheim, Foucault, and Latour, to name only a few, whose ideas have significantly influenced research in many academic disciplines including management and information systems. Under this theme we seek submissions, in French or in English, that engage with the ideas of these thinkers to address theoretical, conceptual, practical, philosophical, or methodological issues related to IS and to IS research. All accepted papers will be published in the language they were submitted in. Papers written in French must include a copy of the title and abstract in English. We leave the choice of language during the presentation sessions to the discretion of each presenter.

Track Chairs:

Roxana Ologeanu-Taddei, Toulouse Business School

Mustapha Cheikh-Ammar, Laval University

Global Development (SIG GlobDev)

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.

Track Chairs:

Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Virginia Commonwealth University

Arlene Bailey, University of the West Indies at Mona

Sajda Qureshi, University of Nebraska Omaha

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

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, forming global online communities. Of particular interest to the track this year are the socio-cultural features of the intended and unintended consequences of global IS; this includes, for example, disinformation, fake news, hate speech, rumors, conspiracy theories, cyberbullying, racist algorithms, fraud, and trolling. 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 that consider the global spread of disinformation, trolling, fake news, fraud and conspiracy theories
  • 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

Track Chairs:

Pnina Fichman, Indiana University

Edward W.N. Bernroider, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Barbara Krumay, Johannes Kepler University

Green IS and Sustainability (SIG Green)

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 the scope of Green IS and Sustainability as well as those that adapt research and industry experiences into teaching cases and modules.

Track Chairs:

Chadi Aoun, Carnegie Mellon University
Npratyush Bharati, University of Massachusetts
Nui Vatanasakdakul, Carnegie Mellon University

Healthcare Informatics & Health Information Technology (SIG Health)

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 behaviour, 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.

Track Chairs:

Richard Klein, Florida International University

Kaushik Ghosh, Suffolk University

Human-Computer Interaction (SIG HCI)

The AMCIS 2021 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.

Track Chairs:

Miguel I. Aguirre-Urreta, Florida International University
Dezhi Wu, University of South Carolina
Jeff Jenkins, Brigham Young University

Information Security and Privacy (SIG SEC)

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?

Track Chairs:

Kane J. Smith, University of North Caroline at Greensboro
Robert E.Crossler, Washington State University

IS in Education, IS Curriculum, Education and Teaching Cases (SIG ED)

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 critical 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 digital 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 include but are not limited to the following:

  • 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
  • Ethical and social issues in the IS curriculum
  • Women and minorities in IS programs
  • Improving enrolments in IS programs
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on learning and pedagogy
  • Entrepreneurship and IS
  • Teaching cases

Track Chairs:

Asli Akbulut, Grand Valley State University

Rhonda Syler, University of Arkansas

Geoffrey Dick, St. John’s University

IS Leadership and the IT Profession (SIG LEAD)

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.

Track Chairs:

Jennifer Gerow, Virginia Military Institute
Ibtissam Zaza, Florida State University

IT Project Management (SIG ITProjMgmt)

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, inability to learn from past mistakes and successes, or even challenges related to virtual projects. 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.

Track Chairs:

Dawn Owens, The University of Texas at Dallas

Alanah Mitchell, Drake University

Meta-Research in Information System

Following the successful Meta-Research in Information Systems tracks at AMCIS 2018, 2019 and 2020 in terms of submissions and participant feedback, we propose to continue the track as a primary outlet for publication of innovative articles in this area. Meta-research (research on research) is a reflection among Information Systems (IS) scholars on issues surrounding the production of IS research. As such, it is a valuable venue for scholarly discussion within IS. It includes topics like 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 for evaluating scholarship, literature reviews, IS methods guideline reviews, as well as novel methods, theories, and debate. The overall goal of the track is to showcase unique leading edge empirical, theoretical commentary that comprises what we call meta-research. A proper venue for reflexive work has been lacking within the structure of usual tracks at AMCIS. This kind of overview allows the discipline to assess and choose core premises. It is especially important because of the diversity of topic domains that fit into the overall IS scope, which is essentially multidisciplinary in terms of source foundations. The track provides a coherent framing for papers that might be rejected in other tracks for lack of fit, and a place for theoretically diverse and reflexive scholars to share perspectives. It also looks at the discipline as a scholarly culture.

Track Chairs:

Michael Cuellar, Georgia Southern University
Hirotoshi Takeda, University of Southern Maine
Duane Truex, Georgia State University

Organizational Transformation & Information Systems (SIG OSRA)

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, agile methods, IT consulting, and inter-organizational information systems.

Track Chairs:

Paul Drews, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Elaine Mosconi, Université de Sherbrooke

Frank Ulbrich, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Laur iWessel, University of Bremen

Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIG PHIL)

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 two panels at this year’s AMCIS conference. The theme of digital innovation and entrepreneurship would be proposed along the dimensions of social media, digital live AI and digital transformation and BPM. Other IS and philosophical approaches related to the theme may be envisioned.

Track Chairs:

Elisabeth Joyc, eEdinboro University
Emmanuel Monod, Paris Dauphine University

Social Computing

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.

Track Chairs:

Nanda Kumar, City University of New York
Sara Moussawi, Carnegie Mellon University

Social Inclusion and Social-Technical Issues (SIG SI)

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 SIG-SI is to promote research, pedagogy, and outreach on all aspects of social inclusion in the field of Information 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 an equitable and 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 under-representation 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.

Track Chairs:

Mike Gallivan, Georgia institute of Technology

Hala Annabi, University of Washington

Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin America (LACAIS Chapter)

The AMCIS 2021 Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin America track promotes IS/IT/MIS research in and about Latin America. Latin America makes up a large part of the Americas and its population speaks primarily Spanish or Portuguese. This track opens a space for rigorous and high-quality research that is written in Spanish or Portuguese while also accepting papers in English that bring together IS/IT/MIS research and Latin America.

Track Chairs:

Gladys Simpson, Florida International University

Indira Guzman, Trident Universit

Flavio Horita, Federal University of ABC

José Antonio Robles, Universidad ESAM

Strategic and Competitive Uses of Information and Digital Technologies (SCUIDT)

With the increasing success of strategic and competitive use of information and digital technologies in generating business value and gaining competitive advantage, businesses are even more interested in the successful design, development, and deployment of these technologies. Submissions to the Strategic & Competitive Uses of Information and Digital Technologies (SCUITDT) track may include complete papers and research-in-progress (ERF). Papers can be conceptual, theoretical, or empirical research or case studies. Any research that focuses on the strategic and competitive use of information and digital technologies will find a home in this track.

Track Chairs:

Jack D.Becker, University of North Texas

Daniel Peak, University of North Texas

Lazar Rusu, Stockholm University

Systems Analysis and Design (SIG SAND)

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
  • Systems Analysis and Design: Artificial Intelligence
  • Systems Analysis and Design: Blockchain
  • Systems Analysis and Design: User Generated Content and Social Media
  • 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

Track Chairs:

Roman Lukyanenko, HEC Montréal

Arturo Castellanos, Baruch College

Jon W. Beard, Iowa State University

Virtual Communities and Collaboration

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, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic, 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, as well as create business values. Therefore, researchers and practitioners need to address behavioral, social, cognitive, and technical issues in such environments. 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. The track aims to solicit contributions from a range of epistemological and methodological perspectives to extend our understanding of virtual communities and collaboration as well as 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
  • Swift transitions from traditional collaboration to virtual collaboration in crisis situations
  • 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 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 collaboration
  • 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 in collaborative contexts
  • Methodological and measurement advances in virtual communities and collaboration

Track Chairs:

Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Gert-Jande Vreede, University of South Florida

Tom Meservy, Brigham Young University