ECIS 2015 Track – Openness and IT

Track Description

Over the past decade, IT-enabled “openness” has received an increasing amount of attention from IS researchers, including multiple workshops, conferences and journal special issues devoted to a variety of open phenomenon such as open source software, open content and open innovation. In the IS context, openness typically refers to technological and legal accessibility of IT artefacts, transparent and permeable organizational structures, and distributed collaborative processes based on knowledge sharing between peers. Such technological, structural and procedural openness has significant social and business implications.

For example, individual users actively participate in the creation of global knowledge goods (e.g., Wikipedia or Linux). A new generation of “open” entrepreneurs can be seen to leverage the power of crowds in the design and delivery of products and services and in the funding of their business ventures. For established businesses, openness has changed approaches to business model architectures and innovation, both through “internal openness” (e.g., inner source software, internal co-creation platforms and enterprise social software) and “external openness” (e.g., open innovation markets, open sourcing, and crowdsourcing), and more often through combinations of internal and external strategies. Likewise, open technologies are central to new intra- and inter-organizational forms of value creation, supporting “ecosystems” of in(ter)dependent actors (e.g., the ecosystem around Google’s Android OS, or Facebook’s app platform). What is more, openness shifts power structures by relatively devaluing physical production facilities (which can now often been booked as on-demand services) and emphasizing the value of information, and IT-enabled business models. As a consequence, openness is a disruptive force not only in digital content industries such as music and news, but also in sectors such as manufacturing and financial services. Increasingly, the academic sector and the research community itself face new challenges (and opportunities) emerging from the combination of openness and IT.

We believe that IS, as a discipline, is particularly well positioned to study open phenomena that involve technology, individuals, organizations and societies. The aim of the third consecutive ECIS track on Openness and IT is to provide a forum for the most recent work in this growing and important IS research domain. We invite theoretical, empirical and applied research papers that will significantly contribute to our theoretical and practical understanding of openness; its manifestations, antecedents and, most critically, its impacts on individuals, organizations and society.


  • TR23 Crowdfunding Success Factors: The Characteristics of Successfully Funded Projects on Crowdfunding Platforms CRP
    Jascha-Alexander Koch, Michael Siering
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 13:30, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Being Between Worlds: Individual-Societal Openness, Expansion, and Becoming through Meaningful Technologies CRP
    Jason Simpson
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 09:00, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Not so Shore Anymore: The New Imperatives When Sourcing in the Age of Open CRP
    Pär Ågerfalk, Brian Fitzgerald, Klaas-Jan Stol
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 09:30, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 PowerPoint Use and Misuse in Digital Innovation CRP
    Raffaele Ciriello, Alexander Richter, Gerhard Schwabe
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 14:30, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 From Contest to Market Entry: A Longitudinal Survey of Innovation Barriers Constraining Open Data Service Development CRP
    Anders Hjalmarsson, Gustaf Juell-Skielse, Workneh Ayele, Daniel Rudmark, Paul Johannesson
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 11:00, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Feed the Machine – An Empirical Investigation of the Impact of Openness in Innovation on IT Entrepreneurship CRP
    Andre Hanelt, Henning Krüp
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 15:00, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Battle over Media Choice: Multiplex Tensions in the Online Community of Wikipedia CRP
    Arto Lanamäki, Netta Iivari, Mikko Rajanen, Henrik Hedberg
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 10:00, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Exploring the Factors that Influence the Diffusion of Open Data for New Service Development: An Interpretive Case Study CRP
    Giovanni Maccani, Brian Donnellan, Markus Helfert
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 12:00, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Transparent Data Supply for Open Information Production Processes CRP
    Sami Laine, Carol Lee, Marko Nieminen
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 11:30, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Beyond Cryptocurrencies – A Taxonomy of Decentralized Consensus Systems CRP
    Florian Glaser, Luis Bezzenberger
    Thursday 28 May 2015 at 14:00, Room F33 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Minding the Gap – An Expectation-Disconfirmation Approach to Reward-Based CrowdfundingRiPP
    Michael Gierczak, Oliver Englisch, Ulrich Bretschneider
    Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 17:00, Poster 58 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Patterns of Remixes or Where Do Innovations Come from: Evidence from 3D Printing RiPP
    Marco Wirth, Sascha Friesike, Christoph M. Flath, Frédéric Thiesse
    Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 17:00, Poster 57 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Enabling an Open Data Ecosystem RiPP
    Diego Ponte
    Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 17:00, Poster 56 Details, PDF
  • TR23 Gamification as an Architecture of Participation: An Investigation of an Innovation Maker Community RiPP
    Steffen Hofferbert, Michael Cahalane, Patrick Finnegan
    Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 17:00, Poster 55 Details, PDF

Track Chairs

Daniel Schlagwein is Lecturer at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His research interest is on crowdsourcing, open innovation, and enterprise social media. His research has been accepted at academic conferences (e.g., Academy of Management, ICIS, ECIS), journals (e.g., JOCEC) and has been picked up by the media (e.g., Sky News). His editorial experience co-editor of for a special issue on inter-organizational systems 2.0 at Electronic Markets, co-organizer for the IFIP 8.2 OASIS conference, and co-chair for the track on Openness and IT (this track) at ECIS 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Joseph Feller is Senior Lecturer in Business Information Systems at University College Cork, Ireland. His work includes five books, over 85 academic publications in ISR, EJIS, JSIS, ISJ and other peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and over 125 industry articles. He was program chair of the ICSE Workshop Series on Open Source Software Engineering (2001-2005), program co-chair for the 2007 Conference on Open Source Software (IFIP 2.13), track co-chair for the Innovation and Open Source Software at ECIS 2008 and the Openness and IT track (this track) at ECIS 2013 and 2015, and has guest edited five special issues of international journals on the topic of open source software.

Lorraine Morgan is Senior Research Fellow at LERO, National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research on open innovation, open source and related topics has been accepted at EJIS, Database, IEEE Computer, and other outlets. Her editorial experience includes co-editor for a special issue on open innovation at JAIS and co-chair for the track on Openness and IT (this track) at ECIS 2014 and 2015.

Associate Editors

  • Pavel Andreev, University of Ottawa
  • Ivo Blohm, University of St. Gallen
  • Ulrich Bretschneider, Kassel University
  • Michael Cahalane, University of New South Wales
  • Kevin Carillo, Toulouse Business School
  • Kieran Conboy, NUI Galway
  • Kevin Crowston, NSF + Syracuse University
  • U. Yeliz Eseryel, University of Groningen
  • Patrick Finnegan, University of New South Wales
  • Matt Germonprez, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Rob Gleasure, University College Cork
  • Jeremy Hayes, University College Cork
  • George Kuk, Nottingham University
  • Juho Lindman, Hanken School of Economics
  • Björn Lundell, University of Skovde
  • Attila Marton, Copenhagen Business School
  • Jeffrey Moretz, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Niamh O’Riordan, NUI Galway
  • Timothy Olsen, Arizona State University
  • Pattarawan Prasarnphanich, Sasin-Chulalongkorn University
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University
  • Hendrik Send, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Research
  • Klaas-Jan Stol, University of Limerick
  • Xiaofeng Wang, Free University of Bozen/Bolano