IFIP WG8.6 Working Conference

Call for Papers

Re-Imagining Diffusion and Adoption of Information Technology

and Systems: A Continuing Conversation

Venue: Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli | Dates: December 17 - 19, 2020

IFIP WG8.6 was established in the early ‘90s “to foster understanding and improve research in practice, methods, and techniques in the transfer and diffusion of information technology within systems that are developed, and in the development process ”. A brief history of the group can be found at http://ifipwg86.wikidot.com/history.

Since that time, the original premises of the working group--how to foster diffusion and adoption--have been overtaken by events. Developments in social media, mobile computing and applications, agile systems development techniques, cloud computing and business analytics can now be said to be viral; the cycle of innovation has sped up, platforms provide quick access to infrastructure, and information spreads on a 24-hour cycle. These developments, in turn, have impacted the way both organizations and societies engage with transfer and diffusion of information technology (IT) systems within and between organizations, in interactions with customers, and in society in general. The question is no longer how to adopt and diffuse IT systems, but how to quickly assess and manage those that best serve the larger purposes of businesses and societies.

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 At our past conferences (in Lungskile, Sweden in August, 2016 and Guimaraes, Portugal in June 2017) we discussed the evolution of the field and whether the time was right to identify and discuss emerging trends that WG8.6 might fold in to a new agenda, one that is consistent with the purpose of the original statement but that is adapted to today’s more viral diffusion environment. IFIP WG8.6 2020 event would continue this scholarly conversation by soliciting contributions for formulating new directions for the working group that will address emerging trends, continuous with the original charter of diffusion of IT/IS.

The focus of this event is particularly on understanding the diffusion and adoption of emerging information technologies and systems (i.e., Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Fintech Applications, Internet of Things, Social Media), which are expected to have substantial impact on future economic development of society, organizations and individuals. A review of the role of information technologies particularly over the past two decades clearly shows the strong link between technology adoption and social economic development in many economies. The Gartner report in 2019 lists “Top Strategic Technology” trends including Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, autonomous things (Robots, vehicles, drones etc.) among others as the game changers that could revolutionize industries and their strategic models through 2023. These emerging technologies have great potential to http://ifipwg86.wikidot.com/about-us

contribute to organizational and societal reforms. Thus, for the past couple of years, the scholarly body has been showing a sincere interest in the understanding of adoption, usage, impact, and potential of the aforementioned technologies on individuals, societies and organizations.

This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from inter-disciplinary areas for the enrichment of scholarly deliberations on the adoption, usage, impact and potential of emerging technologies. To achieve this goal, we invite scholars and practitioners to present their ideas and findings at the IFIP WG 8.6 Conference on “Re-Imagining Diffusion of Information Technology and Systems: A Continuing Conversation” to be held at Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli, India in 2020. Theoretical and empirical papers employing quantitative, qualitative, and/or critical methods are welcomed. Submissions with a focus on addressing the following research questions are particularly addressed:

  • How do we characterize the shifts of scale and state change we have seen in IT/IS since the early 90s? What are the interacting variables and enabling forces? How do we describe the rate of change, its arc, affordances and constraints?
  • How do we reframe our ideas about how the (possibly different) rates of IT/IS diffusion impact individuals, groups, organizations and societies in general?

TRACKS FOR SUBMISSIONS

1. Artificial Intelligence/AS
2. Blockchain
3. Smart Cities and Digital Government
4. IoT
5. Fin-Tech Applications
6. Social Media
7. Big Data and Analytics
8. Cloud Computing
9. Healthcare IT
10. Emerging technology in consumer decision making and choice
11. Mobile Applications
12. Conference theme
13. General adoption and diffusion

LOCATION

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At our past conferences (in Lungskile, Sweden in August, 2016 and Guimaraes, Portugal in June 2017) we discussed the evolution of the field and whether the time was right to identify and discuss emerging trends that WG8.6 might fold in to a new agenda, one that is consistent with the purpose of the original statement but that is adapted to today’s more viral diffusion environment. IFIP    WG8.6 2020 event would continue this scholarly conversation by soliciting contributions for formulating new directions for the working group that will address emerging trends, continuous with the original charter of diffusion of IT/IS.

 

 

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  IMPORTANT DATES

  •   • Paper Submission Opens: 15 August 2019

  • Paper Submission Deadline: 15 May 2020

  • Authors Notification: 30 June 2020

  • Final Submission: 31 July 2020

  • Early Bird Registration: 31 August 2020

  • Conference Dates: 17–19 December 2020

 

PAPER SUBMISSION AND PROCEEDINGS

Authors should submit original, unpublished research papers. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Submissions should not be under consideration for any other conference or journal outlet. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended and revised version of their paper for fast track review and publication in International Journal of Information Management (ABDC A), and/or Information Systems Frontiers (ABDC A). Further information will soon be made available on the conference website link. All articles presented in the conference will be published by Springer and indexed in the Scopus database. All queries can be contacted by email :IFIP2020@iimtrichy.ac.in

REGISTRATION FEE

Developed Countries      : USD 300

Developing Countries     : USD 200

Students                           : USD 100

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

CONFERENCE PATRON
Professor Bhimaraya Metri, Director, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India
GENERAL CHAIRS
             Viswanath Venkatesh, University of Arkansas, USA            Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Swansea University, UK
             Deborah Bunker, University of Sydney, Australia            Dave Wastell, University of Nottingham, UK
 
CONFERENCE CHAIRS
            Satish S. Maheswarappa, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India            Sujeet K. Sharma, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India
            Helle Zinner Henriksen, Copenhagen Business             School,Denmark            Santosh Misra, Commissioner of e-Governance,Govt of TN, India
 
PROGRAM CHAIRS
             Sujeet K. Sharma, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India
Amany Elbanna, Royal Holloway, University of London,UK
 
             Banita Lal, University of Bedfordshire, UK             Nripendra P. Rana, University of Bradford, UK
             Moutusy Maity, IIM Lucknow, India.  
 
ORGANIZING CHAIRS
            Rajesh Chandwani, IIM Ahmedabad, India             Sumeet Gupta, IIM Raipur, India
            Arpan Kar, DSM IIT Delhi, India            Prashant Gupta, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India
            Sankalp Pratap, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India            Satish Krishnan, IIM Kozhikode, India
            Jang Bahadur Singh, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India            Sirish Kumar Gouda, IIM Tiruchirappalli, India
            Uthayasankar (Sankar) Sivarajah, University of Bradford, UK            Zahran Al-Salti, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
            GP Sahu, MNNIT Allahabad, India            Rajan Yadav, Delhi Technological University, India

CONFERENCE ADVISORY BOARD

  • Angappa Gunasekaran, Dean, School of Business and Public Administration California State University, Bakersfield, USA
  • Bharat Bhasker, Director, IIM Raipur, India
  • Babita Gupta, Director of AACSB Accreditation, College of Business, California State University Monterey Bay, USA
  • Chandan Chowdhary, Associate Dean and Executive Director (Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing and Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management), ISB, Hyderabad, India
  • D P Goyal, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, India 
  • Dinesh K. Sharma, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA
  • Deepak K Srivastava, Professor, IIM Trichy, India
  • H. Raghav Rao, AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
  • Karlheinz Kautz, Professor, RMIT University, Australia
  • Lemuria Carter, Head of School - School of Information Systems and Technology Management, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • M.P. Gupta, Head of Dept. of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Dean, Planning & Coordination, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • Marijn Janssen, Head of ICT Group, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands
  • Mohini Singh, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Fiji National University, Fiji
  • Nasser Al-Mawali, Dean, College of Banking and Finance, Oman
  • Neeraj Kumar, Director of E-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India
  • P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan, Professor, Dept. of Management Studies. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), India
  • Priya Seetharaman, Associate Professor, MIS, IIM Calcutta, India
  • Rahul De, Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor, IIM Bangalore, India
  • Rajesh Sharma, Dy. Director General (Service Unit), Ministry of Communications, Dept. of Telecommunications, Government of India, New Delhi, India
  • Saeed Al-Muharrami, Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • Sridhar Nerur, Professor & Goolsby-Virginia and Paul Dorman Endowed Chair in Leadership, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Vishanth Weerakkody, Head of School of Management, University of Bradford, UK
  • Zahir Irani, Dean, Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences, University of Bradford, UK