Call for papers

Computer based information systems (IS) have changed the lives of people, organizations, countries and regions in a way never before seen in human history. The revolution IS created was based on unprecedented availability of and access to information. Information became the core competitive advantage in organizations and investment in IS has increased exponentially. According to the International Data Corporation 2007 report (IDC, 2008), the global software industry overtook the hardware industry for the first time in 2006, by incorporating 52 per cent of the entire information technology (IT) industry. According to the same source, in 2007 the global software market was valued at 229,946 billion US dollars and consequently the IS industry has become one of the most important business sectors in the world market today.

Nevertheless and despite the apparent success story, the IS industry has been plagued by shadows of failure and inefficiency since its early days. Most of the research done since the 80s has therefore focused on the design and development of Software, aiming at meeting well defined and precise requirements, hopefully resulting from participative processes of negotiation with IS users and stakeholders. Nonetheless, failure still persists.

Deterministic views based on concepts of engineering rather than socio-technical approaches, neglected to consider that organizations are human activity systems, constantly evolving and difficult to predict. The Information Systems Post-implementation and Change Management Conference (ISPCM 2015) aims to provide a forum for the discussion of IS in such a socio-technological perspective. It aims to address the issues related to use, exploitation, maintenance of IS in organizations, focusing on the post-implementation phase of the IS life-cycle.

It aims at discussing the impacts and effects of the introduction of new technological artifacts in human activity systems and exploring the much need management of these processes. The conference aims to discuss these issues in the context of IS professional practice, research and teaching. A set of key issues has been identified (see below). However, these do not aim at being prescriptive, or set in stone, and any innovative contributions that do not fit into these areas will also be considered.

Key issues in this conference will focus on:

IS Change Management in Practice and Organisational Processes
– Ethical and Professional issues
– Power, Cultural, Behavioural and Political issues
– New Organisational Forms and the Dilution of Organisational Boundaries
– Leadership and Change Management
– Change Management and Strategic Thinking and Alignment
– Managing Evolving Change
– Change Management and company-wide governance, policy, tools & frameworks
– Change Management Success Factors
– Change Management and Organisational Learning
– Change Management, Communication and Knowledge Sharing
– Training, Coaching and Human Change Management
– Change Management and Innovation Cultures in Organisations
Change Management Processes
– Change Management Models, Cycles and Phases
– Consultancy in Change Management
– Change Management and BPM
– Process modeling, analysis and design techniques
– Action Research, Reflective Practice and Professional Development in Change Management
– Localised Change vs Global Change
– Localised Organisational Change vs Organisation-wide Change
– Change Management as a Social Negotiation Process
Post-implementation Change Management and Risk Thinking
– Business Processes and Risk
– Quality Standards, Risks and Change Management
– Change Management in face of Outsourcing Risks, Barriers and Opportunities
– Risk Management in IS
– Risk Management in IS Design and Development
– Post-Implementation Risk Management
– Decision-making, Leadership and Risk Management in Change Processes.
IS Development Cycle and Change Management
– The centrality of IS and IT in Organisational Processes
– Preparing for Change before and during IS Development
– Process models and IS Requirements Specification
– Change Management in Iterative and Incremental Methodologies
– Change Management and Agile Methodologies
– Change Management and Requirement Specification
– IS implementation and installation as an organization-wide, global and/but distributed process.
– IS Project Management and Change Management
– IS Evaluation
– User satisfaction and Change Management
IS Professional Issues
– Ethical, social, privacy, security and moral issues in an e-society
– The role of information systems in the information society
– Myths, taboos and misconceptions in IS use and exploitation
– Practitioner and Research Relationship, Projects and Links
– Validity, Usefulness and Applicability of IS and Change Management Academic Research
– Industrial Research versus Academic Research Issues
– Industry Innovation and Leadership and Academic Laggards
– IS consultancy as a profession
– Change Management in Organisations
– Business Process Modeling and Engeneering
– Organisational IS Roles
– Communities of Practice and Knowledge Sharing in IS
Research Methods and Methodologies in Post-Implementation and Change Management
– Core Theories, Conceptualisations and Paradigms in IS Research
– Ontological Assumptions in IS Research
– IS Research Constraints, Limitations and Opportunities
– IS vs Computer Science Research
– IS vs Business Studies
– Positivist, Interpretivist and Critical Approaches to IS Research
– Quantitative vs. Qualitative Methods
– Deductive vs Inductive Approaches
– Multi-method Approaches and Triangulations in IS Research
– Multidisciplinary Views and Multi Methodological Approaches
– New and alternative approaches to IS research
– Information Systems Evaluation Approaches and Models

 

The Conference will be composed of several types of contributions:

  • Full Papers – These include mainly accomplished research results and have 8 pages at the maximum (5,000 words).
  • Short Papers – These are mostly composed of work in progress reports or fresh developments and have 4 pages at maximum (2,500 words).
  • Reflection Papers – These might review recent research literature pertaining to a particular problem or approach, indicate what the findings suggest, and/or provide a suggestion – with rationale and justification – for a different approach or perspective on that problem. Reflection papers might also analyze general trends or discuss important issues in topics related to the conference. These have 4 pages at maximum (2,500 words).
  • Posters / Demonstrations – These contain implementation information or work-in-progress and have two pages at maximum (1,250 words) besides the poster itself (or demonstration) that will be exposed at the conference.
  • Tutorials – Tutorials can be proposed by scholars or company representatives. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.
  • Panels – Discussions on selected topics will be held. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.
  • Invited Talks – These will be made of contributions from well-known scholars and company representatives. An abstract will be included in the conference proceedings.
  • Panels – Discussions on selected topics will be held. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.
  • Doctoral Consortium – A Doctoral Consortium will discuss in group, individual projects and on going work of PhD students. Prospective students should send a report of their PhD projects and work so far with a maximum of 4 pages (2,500 words).
  • Corporate Showcases & Exhibitions – The former enables Companies to present recent developments and applications, inform a large and qualified audience of your future directions and showcase company’s noteworthy products and services. There will be a time slot for companies to make their presentation in a room. The latter enables companies the opportunity to display its latest offerings of hardware, software, tools, services and books, through an exhibit booth. For further details please contact the publicity chair – secretariat@ispcm-conf.org


This is a blind peer-reviewed conference.


Important Dates

– Submission Deadline (last call extension): 30 May 2016
– Notification to Authors (last call extension): 10 June 2016
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (1st call): until 1 April 2016
– Late Registration (1st call): after 1 April 2016
– Conference: 1 – 2 July, 2016