[Air-L] CfP ECIS2012 Track Social Computing and Collaboration

mbwm at uic.edu mbwm at uic.edu
Mon Nov 14 05:40:42 PST 2011

 Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting your work in the area of Social Computing and 
Collaboration to the following track at ECIS 2012.

European Conference on Information Systems 2012, Barcelona on June 10-13, 
2012ESADE, Barcelona, Spain:

Collaboration has long been a domain of interest for the Information 
Systems Discipline, be it in the form of collaborative systems, group 
decision support, or more general the application of information systems 
in collaborative structures such as virtual teams. More recently however, 
the topic has received renewed attention from both the general public and 
the academic community due to the emergence and increasing popularity of 
social computing services. Unlike traditional groupware, as part of the 
Web 2.0 evolution, social computing originates from the public Internet. 
Here, various social media platforms and social technologies facilitate 
collaborative phenomena such as knowledge sharing (Wikipedia, Flickr 
etc.), social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn etc.), awareness creation 
(Twitter, Foursquare etc.), or text-centered collaboration using platforms 
such as Dropbox or Google Docs. The collective production and sharing of 
digital goods of various types emerges as the backbone for a new type of 
shared services, which yields potentials for business application, global 
societal change and the greater common good.
At the same time, spurred by the success in the public space, social 
computing makes inroads to organizations. This raises a plethora of 
research questions with regards to applicability, implementation, 
usefulness, adoption and appropriation, interaction with other 
technologies, and impact for organizational change. Quite obviously, 
social computing is intimately connected to the ICT enablement of 
collaboration in organizations.
The aim of this track is to bridge the gap between the emergent discussion 
around social computing and social media on the one hand, and the more 
established IS- and IT-related research on ICT-enabled communication and 
collaboration on the other. It intends to provide thought leaders with a 
forum that accounts for the many topics related to collaboration and 
social computing. Examples include usability, accessibility, and reach of 
social computing for collaborative work as well as the impact of social 
computing on various kinds of collaborative processes, for instance, 
software development, new product development, work in the creative 
industries and innovation or the production of public goods. In 
particular, we encourage researchers from both areas to draw from each 
other: to apply established IS theories and approaches to the newly 
emerging phenomena, to develop new foundational theory, to revisit old 
problems in the face of new approaches, in short to expose innovative ways 
of using and managing social computing for collaborative endeavors.

We invite rigorous and relevant studies employing a wide range of methods 
applying a distinct Information Systems perspective; we especially welcome 
method-triangulating contributions. Empirical (interpretivist and 
positivist) studies as well as design-oriented research and conceptual 
papers facilitating theory development will be considered.

- Exploring the applicability of IS theory for explaining social media 
- Exploring the impact of social computing on creative work and innovation
- The collaborative production of public goods for common good and public 
- Investigating the role of collaborative processes in popular social 
media phenomena (e.g. Crowdsourcing, Social networking, Social Virtual 
Worlds, Wikipedia)
- Enterprise 2.0 - Enterprise application of social computing technologies 
(e.g. microblogging, wikis, social network platforms)
- Design and use of social computing technologies to support collaborative 
- New approaches to studying collaboration inspired by social computing 
- Rigorous case studies providing rich insight into collaboration in and 
through social computing
- Exploring appropriation and reinterpretation of social media as open 
platform technologies in organizational contexts
- Application of social computing services in established collaboration 
contexts such as Strategic Alliances, Business networks, regional 
clusters, Virtual Organisations etc.
- The mobile dimension of social computing in groups and collaborative 
- Sociomateriality and ontological issues of collaboration in social media

If in doubt regarding fit of your work with the track theme(s) please feel 
free to email the track chairs for advice.

• Kai Riemer, The University of Sydney Business School, 
kai.riemer at sydney.edu.au
• Stefan Seidel, University of Liechtenstein, stefan.seidel at hochschule.li
• Mary-Beth Watson-Manheim, University of Illinois at Chicago, 
mbwm at uic.edu

• Steffen Budweg (University Duisburg-Essen)
• Angelika Bullinger-Hoffmann (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
• Lois Burgess (University of Wollongong, Australia)
• Jennifer Gibbs (Rutgers University, NJ USA)
• Marie Griffiths (University of Salford, UK)
• Remko Helms (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
• James Howison (Carnegie Mellon School, USA)
• Sanjeev Jha (University of New Hampshire, USA)
• Stefan Klein (The University of Münster, Germany)
• Mathias Klier (Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck, Austria)
• Anders Larsson (Uppsala University)
• Chei Sian Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
• Stephan Lukosch (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
• Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou (Brunel University, UK)
• Alexander Richter (Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany)
• Ulrike Schulze (Southern Methodist University, USA)
• Paul Scifleet (The University of Sydney, Australia)
• Stefan Stieglitz (The University of Münster, Germany)
• Alexander Stocker (JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria)
• Matthias Trier (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
• Pirkko Walden (Abo Akademi University, Finland)
• Eoin Whelan (National University of Ireland, Ireland)
• Gamel Wiredu (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration 
(GIMPA), Accra, Ghana)
• Chen Ye (Purdue University Calumet, USA

Mary Beth Watson-Manheim
Associate Professor and UG Advisor - Department of Information & Decision 
Affiliate Faculty -  Department of Communications
University of Illinois, Chicago
601 S. Morgan Street (MC 294)
Chicago, IL 60607
+1 (312) 996-2370  (office)
+1 (773) 520 7747 (cell)
+1 (312) 413-0385 (fax)

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