Minitrack: Shadow Information Technologies and Practices
Track: Organizational Transformation and Information Systems (SIGORSA)
24th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Aug. 16-18, 2018
New Orleans, LA, USA
Shadow Information Technologies and Practices is a new mini-track in the Organizational Transformation and Information Systems (SIGORSA) track. This mini-track solicits papers that address the socio-technical implications, outcomes, and disruptive nature of shadow information technology (shadow IT) and shadow practices of organizational actors within complex organizations. Shadow IT refers to artifacts that are used or developed within organizations outside of and without the approval and knowledge of an organization’s IT department. Socio-technical shadow practices, also known as feral practices, are those in which organizational actors engage with either shadow IT or existing systems in ways that differ from the expected practices, and which take place unbeknownst to organizational and IT managers.
The emergence of shadow IT and practices can have broad socio-technical implications for organizations, including those related to organizational power relations, IT governance, and security. Given the theme of the conference, Digital Disruption, we are particularly interested in papers that examine the emergence of shadow IT and practices in response to the introduction and digital disruption of new technologies within business and organizations.
In addition to research aligned with the conference theme we are also interested in high quality empirical and conceptual work that seeks to study and understand other aspects of shadow IT and practices. Suggested topics could include:
• Effects of shadow IT and practices on organizational work-flow, culture, and structure
• Implications of shadow IT and practices for organizational power relationships
• Conceptual work that categorizes the types of shadow practices that occur within organizations
• Ways in which managers can, do, or should respond to the presence of shadow IT and practices
• Security and other issues that arise when organizations actors develop and use shadow IT
January 15, 2018: Manuscript submissions open
February 28, 2018: Deadline for paper submissions
April 18, 2018: Authors will be notified of decisions
April 25, 2018: Camera-ready submissions due