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Track 1: East Meets West: Connectivity and Collaboration through Effective Information Systems

  • Track Chairs
    Patrick Chau
    The University of Hong Kong
    pchau@business.hku.hk
    Kevin Crowston
    Syracuse University
    crowston@syr.edu
  • Track Description

    This year, ICIS will be held for the first time in Asia, a milestone reflected in our conference theme of East Meets West. Hosting ICIS in China is an opportunity for us to think more deeply about how information systems and information and communication technologies can contribute to the connectivity and collaboration of people, organizations, countries and international institutions. The world is becoming simultaneously more interconnected and more uncertain. Information technology plays an increasingly central role in shaping the world in which we live and work, and truly provides a means for East to meet West in business, in culture, in society, and as well on a personal level. Of course, there are numerous barriers to connectivity, such as discontinuities of language, culture, norms and values, in addition to the obvious barriers of time and space. Is it possible for us as IS scholars to find ways to improve connectivity and collaboration in different ways at these various levels? The goal of this track is to explicate and debate the impacts of changes in connectivity as well as to identify new and emerging trends that have significant potential to help East meet West. We invite bold analyses and critical reviews of the effective development, management and use of IS for global connectivity and collaboration among people, organizations, countries and global communities, and in political, economic, social and technological (PEST) aspects.

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • IS/IT opportunities and challenges in a digitally connected world
    • Opportunities and challenges of digital information explosion
    • Comparisons of digital developments in different world regions
    • Analyses of alternative IT platforms (e.g., mobile vs. PC computing)
    • Challenges connecting ┬ávirtual groups
    • IS/IT, new organizational forms and new ways of working across discontinuities
    • New business models in an emerging new digital world
    • Social computing and networks in a global environment
    • Social identity in a digitally connected world
    • IS/IT development, managment and use between the East and the West
    • New types and levels of security and risk for effective IS when the East meets the West
    • Emerging methods and theories for global IS research

  • Associate Editors

    • Chris Wagner, City University of Hong Kong, China
    • Derrick Neufeld, University of Western Ontario, Canada
    • Dominic Thomas, Emory University, USA
    • HoGuen Lee, Yonsei University, Korea
    • Houn-Gee Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
    • Jan Marco Leimeister, University of Kassel, Germany
    • Kangning Wei, Shandong University, China
    • Lu Yaobin, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
    • Raquel Benbunan-Fich, City University of New York, USA
    • Rosalie Ocker, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
    • Susanna Ho, Australian National University, Australia
    • Terri Griffith, Santa Clara University, USA


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