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CFP: SIGOPEN Mini-Tracks at AMCIS 2017

AIS SIGOPEN is proud to host it’s second AMCIS track on Openness and Research and Practice and invite you to submit your papers, panels, workshops, tutorials, and other proposals.

Track Chairs
Joe Feller, University College Cork,
Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha,
Matt Levy, San Francisco State University,
Lorraine Morgan, National University of Ireland, Galway,

Track Description
The track seeks research papers in all things related to “openness” and the sharing of information in organizations and society. Papers in this track will be those that share new ideas about theoretical and empirical research on the wide range of phenomena emerging at the intersection of Information Systems on the one hand, and various forms of legal, technological, organizational, and societal openness, on the other.

Relevant topics for papers include: New modes of knowledge creation embedded in open source and open content licensing, radical inclusivity of the crowd to share knowledge, effort and value, the tearing down of traditional organizational boundaries to enable new forms of innovation, or the reinvention of commons or open spaces to share information related to education, science, and democratic participation. Openness continues to be a disruptive and transformative force that demands the rigorous and considered investigation of the Information Systems community. This track provides a forum to further our understanding of these disruptive ideas.

Mini-Track 1: Breakthroughs in Openness in Science, Research, and Pedagogy

Openness has the potential to disrupt and transform academic work in many known and unknown ways. Open approaches to scholarship have taken many new forms, including open data sets, publishing, peer review, evaluation of scholarly research, and the all-encompassing idea of Open Science. However, what we do not know are the effects, positive or negative, of such ideas. For an academic field to advance, there must be a free and open exchange of ideas in order to foster ‘democratic discourse (Mingers and Walsham, 2010), and a ‘deliberative democracy’ which include the characteristics of openness, participation, truthfulness, and non-privilege (Apel, 2001; Habermas, 1996). This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress, and panel proposals on all topics related to openness in scientific discovery, the practice and evaluation of research and pedagogical practice. We are interested in the production, use, evaluation and impacts of openness in scholarship in its many forms – quantitative, qualitative, theoretical, literature review, case study, scientometric and other research approaches are welcome.

Lorraine Morgan, NUI Galway,
Jim Love, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center,
Michael Cuellar, Georgia Southern University,

Mini-Track 2: Breakthroughs in Openness in Organizations and Society

Contemporary discourse has fostered new forms of openness spanning the technological, legal, socio-cultural, and economic systems in modern organizations and across society. This includes advances in open source software, open source hardware, open content, open data, and open design, and even the ‘industrialization’ of the maker’s movement and how openness has shaped the funding of new innovation. These phenomena have crossed the boundaries of the specialist communities from which they emerged and have expanded into a wide number of communities and sub-cultures (makers, gamers, virtual world builders, social media prosumers, etc.). This mini-track invites conceptual and empirical research that will contribute to our understanding of openness in these contexts as it relates to the systems and technology that the individual, collaborative, and collective production and sharing of complex knowledge goods and creative works.

Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska Omaha,
Joe Feller, Cork University Business School, University College Cork,

The AMCIS 2017 Conference is accepting the following types of submissions. Please click here for more information.

  • Completed Research, due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Emergent Research Form (ERF), due 01-March-2017 1:00 PM EST (13:00)
  • Workshops and Tutorials, due 03-April-2017
  • Panels, due 03-April-2017
  • Technology Research, Education, and Opinion (TREO) Talk Sessions, due 25-April-2017
  • Professional Development Symposia (PDS), due 25-April-2017