CfP: Grand Successes and Failures in IT: Private and Public Sectors

Grand Successes and Failures in IT: Private and Public Sectors
Bangalore (India) 27th – 29th June, 2013

(Conference web-site:

General Chair: David Wastell, Nottingham University, UK
Program Co-chairs: Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Swansea University, UK
Helle Zinner Henriksen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Organising Chair: Rahul De’, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), India
PhD Consortium Chair: Jan Pries-Heje, Roskilde University, Denmark.

Key-note Speaker: Geoff Walsham, Emeritus Professor, Judge Institute, Cambridge University

Despite decades of research and the accumulation of a substantial knowledge-base, the failure rate of information systems initiatives continues unabated. The recent abandonment of a multi-billion dollar project to computerize health records in the UK provides just one spectacular example. Why is this so? Is the fault one of theory and inadequate understanding? Or is
the problem one of knowledge transfer, the failure to embed research knowledge in the working practices of managers and policy-makers. The aim of this conference is to move forward our understanding of the success and failure of technology-based innovation and on the factors influencing the uptake of research knowledge in the practitioner community. Perhaps our theoretical base is too narrow. It is arguable that some theories, such as diffusion theory and the ubiquitous TAM, have been over-represented in our work. Or maybe we have become too infatuated with theory, making our work inaccessible to practice? Papers addressing theory in a critical way are therefore very welcome, presenting and illustrating alternative conceptual lenses and standpoints. Whilst grand successes and failures are important, papers addressing smaller initiatives will be just as welcome; indeed, perhaps there is much to be learned from considering questions of scale. Extending the variety of research methodologies is another area where innovation could assist progress. Finally, there are organisational and sectoral contexts that have also been relatively neglected. The bulk of our work has concentrated on commercial enterprises, yet the degree of contemporary IT-enabled change in the non-profit sectors is at least as great, and the challenges arguably stiffer. Based on these general areas, some indicative themes might include:

– Theoretical alternatives to diffusion theory: institutional theory, actor-network theory, contextualism, critical theory, complexity theory etc.

– Empirical studies of “evidence-based management” , highlighting barriers and facilitators to the adoption of IS theory.
– Studies of emergent risk factors in high complexity projects, such as inter-organizational systems
– The influence of organisational culture and climate on innovation uptake, including the interaction between multiple organisational contexts
– Developments in diffusion theory to address organisational innovation as opposed to individual adoption decisions
– Ethnographical studies of change, and other intensive longitudinal investigations (e.g. historical studies)
– Studies using mixed method approaches
– Action research investigations emphasising partnership with practice, including the pitfalls of such joint endeavours
– E-government and public sector reform, emphasizing the role of IT as an enabler and the specific features of innovation in this domain
– Exploring novel intra-organisational contexts, such as non-mandated innovation at middle management tiers & the front line (e.g. skunk works)
– Success and failures of IS in the development context

Types of submission
Papers addressing any aspect of the conference theme will be welcome but this does not preclude general submissions that are relevant to the work of the Working Group. As well as full length research papers presenting mature investigations (approx. 7000 words), we would also welcome shorter position papers (1500 words max.) of a more polemical nature.
Bridging the gap with practice is an important aim of WG8.6. Practice reports (3000) from practitioners will thus be particularly welcome (e.g. case studies). Panel proposals and posters may also be submitted. The former should outline the aims of the Panel with details of participants; for posters, a short abstract (300 words) should be provided.

All accepted papers will be published in book form in Springer’s Journal series: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. We also have agreement with the Journal of Strategic Information Systems (JSIS) to have selected papers reviewed for further development and possible publication in the Journal. Papers will be selected and developed in collaboration with the Editors of the Journal. Those that are ultimately accepted will appear together as a mini “Special Issue”. Papers selected will be in terms of their strategic focus and potential impact on research and practice, and for acceptance will need to meet the Journal’s normal high acceptance criteria.

Doctoral Consortium
The conference will be preceded by one day doctoral consortium, to be chaired by Professor Jan Pries-Heje (Roskilde University, Denmark). This is intended for researchers undertaking a PhD or Professional Doctorate in areas broadly aligned with the main themes of the conference. Researchers may present work at any stage of their studies. The consortium aims to provide: an opportunity for small group in-depth discussions, supervised by senior IS faculty; appreciation of work in progress of other doctoral researchers; identification of cognate research related to participants’ interests. Candidates are invited to submit a 500 – 1000 word abstract summarizing the aims, method and relevancy of their work, together with a brief overview of results if appropriate.
Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 5 November 2012
Acceptance notification: 7 January 2013
Final camera-ready copy: 28 February 2013
Early-registration: 30 January 2013
Conference: 27-29 June 2013
Further details of submission procedures, will be published on the conference web-site in due course.

The Venue
The conference will be held at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India. Bangalore is now known as the Silicon Valley of India because of its position as the nation’s leading IT exporter. Bangalore lies in the southeast of the South Indian state of Karnataka; it is a major economic and cultural hub and the fastest growing major metropolis in India. Bangalore is home to many of the most well-recognized colleges and research institutions in India. Numerous public sector organizations, software companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defence companies are located in the city. Due to its high elevation, Bangalore usually enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year.
Further information about host institution can be obtained from

Programme Committee
Dolphy Abraham (Alliance University, India)
Md. Mahfuz Ashraf (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Jeff Baker (American University of Sharjah, UAE)
Deborah Bunker (University of Sydney, Australia)
Lemuria Carter (North Carolina A & T State University, USA)
Hsin Chen (University of Bedfordshire, UK)
Ioanna Constantiou (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Jan Damsgaard (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Jan Devos (University College West-Flanders, Belgium)
Bob Galliers (Bentley University, USA)
Roya Gholami (Aston Business School, UK)
Babita Gupta (California State University, Monterey Bay, USA)
Arul Chib (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Andreas Eckhardt (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
Åke Grönlund (Örebro University, Sweden)
M.P. Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India)
G Harindranath (Royal Holloway, UK)
Richard Heeks (Manchester University, UK)
Alfonso Durán Heras (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)
Vikas Jain (University of Tampa, USA)
Marijn Janssen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Anand Jeyaraj (Wright State University, USA)
Atreyi Kankanhalli (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Karlheinz Kautz (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Tor J. Larsen (Norwegian School of Management, Norway)
Sven Laumer (University of Bamberg, Germany)
Gonzalo Leon (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Linda Levine (Independent Researcher Consultant & University of Sydney, Australia)
Kalle Lyytinen (Case Western Reserve University)
Lars Mathiassen (Georgia State University, USA)
Ulf Melin (Linkoping University, Sweden)
Amit Mitra (University of the West of England, UK)
Michael D. Myers (University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand)
Mike Newman (University of Manchester, UK)
Peter Axel Nielsen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou (Brunel University, UK)
Jan Pries-Heje (Roskilde University, Denmark)
Andrew Schwarz (Louisiana State University, USA)
Mahmud Akhter Shareef (North South Universitty, Bangladesh)
Mohini Singh (RMIT, Australia)
Shirish Srivastava (HEC Paris, France)
Carsten Sorensen (London School of Economics, UK)
Heidi Tscherning (ESADE Business School, Spain)
Jason Thatcher (Clemson University, USA)
Nils Urbach (EBS Business School, Germany)
David Wainwright (Northumbria University, UK)
Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University, UK)
Michael D. Williams (Swansea University, UK)


About jangdevos
I'm an IT/IS professor, a late Baby Boomer, married with Ann and father of Hélène and Willem, a Stones fan and interested in almost everything. I work at the UGent (campus Kortrijk), Belgium. My research domain are: IT Governance in SMEs, IT/IS Security, IT Management, IT Project Management, IT Trends and IT/IS failures.

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