CFP: Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR), AMCIS 2014

A call for papers has been distributed for the Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR) mini-track at AMCIS 2014, the 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems, to take place in Savannah, GA August 7-10, 2014. Full papers are due March 1, 2014. The mini-track is

…interested in high quality empirical and conceptual work that uses social theory to study and theorize about application domains including large-scale social and organizational phenomena. We seek to attract research papers and research-in-progress papers from all IS researchers who are using the work of social theorists, organizational theorists, sociotechnical theorists, and cultural anthropologists, symbolic interactionists, and many others. We are particularly interested in research that makes use of social theory 1) to address issues of designing a smart and sustainable digital future, 2) to answer questions about how we are interacting with ICTs in our work and social lives in ways that help and hinder the move towards sustainability, and 3) to critically examine the constitution of ICTs, and their roles in the design, maintenance and dissolution of sustainable organizations and social groups.

Read the full call below, or contact mini-track co-chairs (and SIG SI co-chairs!) Howard Rosenbaum and Pnina Fichman with questions or concerns. Good luck to all who submit!

Call For Papers: AMCIS Mini-track: Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR ’14)

20th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
Smart Sustainability, the Information Systems Opportunity
Savannah, GA, August  7-10, 2014

DESCRIPTION:

This Mini Track solicits papers that make use of social theory in information systems research drawing upon such approaches as sociotechnical theory, critical theory, social informatics, organizational theory, cultural anthropology, sociology and others. We are interested in understanding and supporting the evolution of social theory, socio-technical theory, and social informatics in information systems research. We want to highlight research that uses these approaches to critically examine the constitution of information and communications technologies, and their roles in organizations and society; these are among the most important questions about IS, organizations, and society. We particularly invite IS research that applies, builds on, compares, or critiques these social theories.

We are interested in high quality empirical and conceptual work that uses social theory to study and theorize about application domains including large-scale social and organizational phenomena. We seek to attract research papers and research-in-progress papers from all IS researchers who are using the work of social theorists, organizational theorists, sociotechnical theorists, and cultural anthropologists, symbolic interactionists, and many others. We are particularly interested in research that makes use of social theory 1) to address issues of designing a smart and sustainable digital future, 2) to answer questions about how we are interacting with ICTs in our work and social lives in ways that help and hinder the move towards sustainability, and 3) to critically examine the constitution of ICTs, and their roles in the design, maintenance and dissolution of sustainable organizations and social groups.

This will be the 14th consecutive year for the Mini Track at AMCIS, and we hope to continue a tradition of high quality paper submissions, thought-provoking presentations and lively discussion for all IS researchers using, or considering the use of, social theory in their work.

SUGGESTED TOPICS

In addition to research aligned with the conference theme we are also interested in high quality empirical and conceptual work that uses social theory to study and understand:

  • The implications of social networks for organizations and social groups
  • Conceptual and empirical work focusing on the ways ICT can promote or hinder social inclusion
  • The significance of cyberinfrastructure for commerce, governing and research and development
  • The relationships between ICTs and people as they participate in online communities and virtual teams
  • Online communities of practice, their processes and outcomes
  • The dynamics of crowdsourcing online
  • Hacktivism and the use of technology to mobilize resources and advance ideology
  • Unintended consequences of technology implementation and use in organizations and in social life
  • Scientific collaboration and scholarly communication as enabled and constrained by ICTs
  • The impacts of social computing on our social and work lives

Minitrack chairs:

  • Howard Rosenbaum, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
  • Pnina Fichman, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

Submission Process:

Instructions for authors and more information is available at: http://amcis2014.aisnet.org/index.php/call-for-papers

Full paper submissions must be made electronically through the AMCIS on-line submission system. Papers can be submitted beginning on January 5, 2014. The link will be available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2014_papers/

Submissions will close on March 1, 2014.

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