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Calls for Papers, June 2020

Hawaii Int’l Conference on System Sciences: Organizational Systems and Technology

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Minitrack: Social Impact and Information Systems

Track: Organizational Systems and Technology

January 5-8, 2020 | Grand Hyatt, Kauai |

As of now, this is still planned to be an in-person conference. If circumstances change, participants will be given plenty of notice regarding any change to virtual or alternative venues.

Important Dates for Paper Submission

  • July 15 Papers due
  • August 23 Notifications to authors
  • September 4 Revision due for papers accepted with mandatory changes
  • September 11 Notifications to authors of revised papers
  • September 22 Final manuscripts due
  • January 4 Publications of full conference proceedings

For the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), we will continue our minitrack on Social Impact, although the name has changed slightly. The previous name was “Social Impact Organizing and Collaborating.”

In this track, we seek to address advances in social impact research in technology-mediated environments. How does technology impact collective action? How do bots and other automation influence politics? How can fake news be better managed? How can firms help both causes and themselves through data philanthropy? How do indigenous groups promote cultural identity through digital means? How do marginalized people utilize digital technologies to make their voices heard? How are information systems used to benefit social welfare and when do they succeed or fail?

We welcome papers that theoretically or empirically advance our understanding of different forms of social impact in technology-mediated environments, including in organizational, inter-organizational, network, platform, collective, and interpersonal contexts. Papers can use any acceptable methodology and theory. We welcome papers at any level of analysis and encourage papers that take a cross-level and/or inter-disciplinary perspective. Some possible topic areas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Social movements
  • Ethical issues in information systems
  • Emancipatory technologies
  • Social impact
  • Digital divide/Digital equity
  • Digital activism
  • Bots / Autonomous Agents
  • Fake news
  • Social collective action and connective action
  • Indigenous movements
  • Political digitization
  • Cyberwarfare and the weaponization of non-military technologies
  • Social inclusion
  • Digital philanthropy and data philanthropy
  • Digital innovation in social welfare organizations
  • Digital saviors and dangerous champions

Minitrack Co-Chairs:
Jordana J. George (primary contact), Texas A&M University,

Amber G. Young, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas,

Sirkka L. Jarvenpaa, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin,

Jordana J. George is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Information Systems in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. She earned her Ph.D. in Information Systems at Baylor University. She holds an MBA from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of California at Davis. A former manager with two decades in client services, technical support, and general management at technology companies and educational institutions, she researches data management and the social impact of information systems. Jordana is also the Managing Editor for Workshops at the Journal of the Association of Information Systems.

Amber G. Young is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Her current research focuses on how digitization is revolutionizing social and business processes. She is interested in how new technologies can be implemented with insights from critical theories in order to improve existing processes and promote social good. Amber received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Oklahoma. She received her MBA from Oklahoma Christian University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Amber is an Associate Editor of Information & Organization. Her research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, Information & Organization, and Communications of the AIS.

Sirkka L. Jarvenpaa is the James Bayless/Rauscher Pierce Regents Chair in Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, where she is the director of the Center for Business, Technology, and Law. During 2008-2012, she held the Finnish Distinguished Professorship at Aalto University School of Science and Technology. She has held visiting professorships in leading business schools in the U.S. and Asia. She is the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems. She has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and as the senior editor of Organization Science, Information Systems Research, and MIS Quarterly. She is a recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees. In 2017, she was awarded the Association for Information Systems (AIS) LEO Award for Exceptional Lifetime Achievement in the field of information systems.

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