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CFP: AMCIS 2018 – Openness in Research and Practice

AMCIS Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018 (Central Time noon)

Track Co-Chairs:

  1. Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha, (primary contact)
  2. Daniel Schlagwein, University of New South Wales, (Australia)

Description of Proposed Track:

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 and various forms of legal, technological, organizational, and societal openness.

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 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 dynamic and complex ideas.

Minitrack 1: Stakeholders in Open Source Software
Katherine Chudoba,
Donald Wynn,

We invite submissions to the mini-track, ‘Open Source Software’ within the Openness in Research and Practice track for AMCIS 2018. This mini-track welcomes theoretical, empirical, and intervention research, in either completed research or emergent research forum (research-in-progress) format, which relates to OSS development and use. We seek submissions around topics related to the OSS stakeholders, including those who collaborate in the creation of OSS (i.e. volunteers, paid developers, students, consultants, educational institutions, for-profit companies, foundations, governments) and those who use OSS (i.e. individuals, educational institutions, for-profit companies, governments). Understanding how these stakeholders interface with each other historically and presently through the software, OSS platforms (i.e. GitHub), social networks, licenses, norms, culture, financial exchanges etc. is of interest for this mini-track. Further, the impact of these interactions on individual and organizational behaviors and individual psychological outcomes would fit with the theme of the mini-track.

Minitrack 2: Peer Production Project Health
Georg Link,
Eleni Constantinou,
Bram Adams,

Peer production projects include open source, citizen science, or crowdsourcing communities, where the community is driving product innovation. Given the increasing strategic value of peer production for companies, defining and measuring health of peer production projects has become essential for community managers and other stakeholders. Healthy peer production projects should produce quality outcomes, be long-lived, and be self-sustained. Health is enabled by community growth, financial resources, and collaboration tools. An additional challenge is assessing and monitoring health within peer production ecosystems of interrelated projects. Relevant papers should investigate not only the definition of peer production project health but also metrics to measure health and the context in which these metrics should be interpreted. Furthermore, we are interested in the impact of health on projects and the whole ecosystem they are participating in as well as the impact of using metrics, for example, the potential for gaming the metrics.

Minitrack 3: Sustainable Open Business Models and Ecosystems
Joseph Feller,
Gaye Kiely,

Legal, technological, economic, procedural, and structural openness affords individuals, organisations and communities the opportunity to sustainably create and capture value in novel and powerful ways. However, this value is predicated on the adoption and/or development of appropriate business models, organisational forms, and ecosystems. We are interested in research exploring the tough questions raised by openness. This mini-track invites research papers, research-in-progress papers, and panels on topics relating to sustainable open business models and ecosystems. We are interested in the application of openness to diverse contexts and the sustainability of the business models and ecosystems that emerge. We welcome a broad range of empirical and conceptual work, drawing on a range of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, design science, action research, literature reviews, and other approaches.