CFP: AMCIS 2015 Minitrack on Crowdsourcing and Virtual Collaboration

Call for Papers for the Minitrack on Crowdsourcing and Virtual Collaboration: Oceans of Potential at the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), The El Conquistador Resort and Convention Center, Puerto Rico, 13-15 August 2015 (

Internetworking on a global scale has introduced opportunities to access millions of people with broad diversity of knowledge, skills, and perspectives. Crowdsourcing can be thought of as methods of tapping into this opportunity to produce value. Crowdsourcing is a new and novel approach to tackling problems and creating new value. We have already seen many novel and interesting approaches to crowdsourcing, including application to astronomy, genealogy, startup funding, creative design, business process design, research, prediction, and many other areas. Yet the usefulness and potential of crowdsourcing through virtual collaboration has only begun to be uncovered. However, the significance of these communities is evident by the impact they have on information and content generation as well as transmission, and socialization. For example, Wikipedia is quickly becoming a primary source of information in a variety of domains.

The cross-disciplinary nature of the IS discipline and its unique ability to view technology in novel ways gives it strong potential to make big waves in the crowdsourcing domain. We encourage full paper and research-in-progress submissions ranging from exploratory to confirmatory work. All methods of research are encouraged, including design science, empirical, and theoretical research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Crowdsourcing knowledge management
  • Visualization of crowd-based structure or output
  • Barriers to adoption and switching costs
  • Social and political impact case studies
  • Community-sourced credibility assessment
  • Platforms, tools, and technologies
  • Better crowdsourcing methods and models
  • Innovative crowdsourcing opportunities
  • Mobile factors
  • Human and community factors
  • Crowdsourcing markets and economic models
  • Collaboration among and between individuals of the crowd
  • Labor and work organization within virtual crowdsourcing communities

We encourage authors to not be limited by this list, but to seek to submit IS research that demonstrates broad new or existing potential in the crowdsourcing domain.

Important dates:

January 5, 2015: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2015 begin
February 25, 2015: Deadline for AMCIS manuscript submissions
Tuesday, April 21, 2015: Authors notified about the disposition of their papers
Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Deadline for camera-ready revisions
May 5, 2015: Final decisions on AMCIS 2015 program are made

Minitrack Co-chairs:
Nathan Twyman, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri, USA
Tim Olsen, Gonzaga University, Washington, USA
Ulrich Bretschneider, University of Kassel, Germany
Ivo Blohm, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Jan Marco Leimeister, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Background Literature
Dissanayake, I; Zhang, J; Gu, B (2014): Virtual Team Performances in Crowdsourcing Contests, in: Proceedings of the Twentieth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Savannah, GA, USA.
Doan, A; Ramarkrishnan, R; Halevy, A (2011), “Crowdsourcing Systems on the World Wide Web”, Communications of the ACM 54 (4): 86–96
Leimeister, J M; Huber, M; Bretschneider, U; Krcmar, H (2009): “Leveraging Crowdsourcing: Activation-Supporting components for IT-based ideas competition”, Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS) 26(1): 197-224
Nunamaker, J; Reinig, B; Briggs, R (2009), “Principles for Effective Virtual Teamwork”, Communications of the ACM 52 (4): 113-117
Porter, C; Devaraj, S; Daewon, S (2013), “A Test of Two Models of Value Creation in Virtual Communities”, Journal of Management Information Systems 30 (1): 261-292
Xiao, L (2014), “Effects of Rationale Awareness in Online Ideation Crowdsourcing Tasks”, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 65 (8): 1707-1720
Zhao, Y; Zhu, Q., (2014) “Evaluation on Crowdsourcing Research: Current Status and Future Direction”, Information Systems Frontiers 16 (3): 417-434