ICIS 2010

International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2010
Saint Louis, Missouri - USA - December 12 - 15, 2010
"Information Technology: Gateway to the Future"

Doctoral Consortium
Dissertation Competition
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Tracks List |Track 1: Gateway to the future

Track Chairs  
Kalle Lyytinen
Case Western Reserve University
Kalle Lyytinen
Matthias Jarke
RWTH Aachen
Matthias Jarke
Track Description

Information technology truly provides a Gateway to the Future in business, government, and society. After the PC revolution, the business process movement, the Internet and its transformation from a passive publication medium to an active and participative platform, it is clear that information technology plays a central role in shaping the world in which we live and work. However, a fundamental research question for our discipline is how the next revolutions in information technology and business will shape our research and practice in the second decade of this millennium. The rate at which information technologies affect change may decrease as Moore’s law finally runs its last pico-meter or it may increase due to the ongoing financial crisis and new innovations in software and networking. On the technical side, mobile embedded systems pioneered by, but not limited to RFID, and network platforms driven by data centers and software as service models, will accelerate the convergence of computers, communications, and media. This convergence represents a major step toward ubiquitous technologies and the meshing of the digital with the material resulting in new conceptual forms. On the business side, process innovation and “process pipes” are being replaced by “innovation at the edge,” where inter-organizational IT-enabled activities reach well beyond automating standard processes and IT platforms and have become important coordination mechanisms. New evolutions in social computing and the use of network-based media and representations continue to change the way people and organizations interact and the way in which business is conducted. The goal of this track is to explicate and debate the impacts of these developments as well as to identify new and emerging trends that have significant potential to open this Gateway to the Future. We invite bold analyses and critical reviews of such Gateway and disruptive innovations that occur at the crossroads between technical, business, and societal evolution in the next decade.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • digital convergence, notions and implications for IS  research and strategy
  • speed, volatility and scale of IT induced innovation
  • singularity and the second level changes
  • new scale and complexity in IT and implications for IS research and policy making
  • the next killer applications and their drivers
  • digitally rich environments and the emerging new social fabric
  • opportunities and challenges of mobile embedded systems
  • organizational and inter-organizational platform strategies for innovation and market capture
  • comparisons of digital developments in different world regions
  • digitalization at the bottom of the pyramid
  • digitalization and long term economic waves
  • digital infrastructures and new types and levels of risk (e.g. financial meltdown)
  • methods and theories for future oriented IS research
Associate Editors
  1. Michel Avital, University of Amsterdam
  2. Avi Bernstein, University of Zurich
  3. Hans Ulrich Buhl, University of Augsburg
  4. Oliver Günther, Humboldt University Berlin
  5. Ola Hendfridsson, Oslo University
  6. Jonny  Holmstrom, Umea University
  7. Lakshmi S. Iyer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  8. Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University
  9. Helmut Krcmar, Technical University of Munich
  10. Lin Liu, Tsinghua University
  11. Harri Oinas-Kukkonen, Oulu University
  12. Suprateek Sarker, Copenhagen Business School
  13. Olivia Sheng, University of Utah
  14. Carsten Sorensen, London school of economics
  15. David  Tilson, University of Rochester
  16. Christoph Weinhardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology