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Volume 11, No. 1, April 2001

Table of Contents

Social and Organizational Aspects of Internet-based IS
Special Issue of Information Systems Journal 

Call for Papers

Montealegre Ramiro

With the recent advances in internet technologies there has been an expansion of the types and numbers of Information Systems (IS) that apply such technologies in innovative ways for supporting work practices in organizations, transforming conventional information systems into vast interactive networks. Given the pervasive nature of Internet-based IS, it is difficult to imagine that such an important technology transformation will have anything other than a profound social and organizational impact on companies. For example, the use of Internet-based IS may have the potential to create new forms of action and interaction in organizations, new kinds of social relationships and new ways of relating to others and to oneself.

While the growing significance of Internet-based IS in organizations is widely recognized, a critical examination of the way in which these systems impact organizations has received little attention. Much of the existing research focuses on the technical/software features and components of Internet-based IS and disregards the influences of the different organizational and social contexts within which these systems evolve. Further there is no adequate theoretical framework to help us understand and assess the social and organizational impacts of these systems.

The aim of this special issue of Information Systems Journal (ISJ) is therefore to stimulate empirical research into the social and organizational aspects of Internet-based IS and to provide a forum for topics addressing such issues as (but not limited to):

  • Roles of Internet-based IS in social & organizational change

  • Political consequences of the application of internet-based IS

  • Internet-based IS and concepts of time, distance, and borders

  • Internet-based IS and concepts of autonomy, coordination, and control

  • Ways in which Internet-based IS are interpreted and used in different ways by different people

  • Ways in which the application of Internet-based IS enable and constrain social/organizational actions and relationships

  • Ways that Internet-based IS influence or are influenced by   social forces and organizational practices

We are particularly interested in systematic and empirically grounded studies to investigate Internet-based IS phenomena in a single or small number of organizations. The use of qualitative research methods, concepts, theories, and investigative frameworks from social and political sciences to understand and appreciate social dimensions of such systems are encouraged.

Authors are invited to nominate up to two reviewers for their submission (authors should however avoid any nominations that involve a conflict of interest). Nominations should include name, complete address, telephone, fax, and electronic mail address. The editors reserve the right to select reviewers irrespective of any nominations.

Authors should follow guidelines for preparation of the manuscript, which can be accessed from http://www.blacksci.co.uk/. All submissions should be made by electronic mail as a MS Word or .rtf document formatted according to the ISJ guidelines to one of the guest editors:

Joe Nandhakumar, University of Bath, School of Management, Bath BA2 7AY,
UK. Tel: +44 1225 323469(direct) +44 1225 826742(School) Fax: +44 1225323902 

Ramiro Montealegre, University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Business, Campus Box 419, Boulder, CO 80309-0419, U.S.   Tel.303-492-0416.  Fax: 303-492-5962. 

We encourage authors to correspond with the guest editors. 

Deadline for submission: November 30, 2001
Initial Reviews Returned by: May 31, 2002
Special Issue Appearance: late 2002

About Information Systems Journal (ISJ)

ISJ publishes papers on aspects of information systems, with particular emphasis on the relationship between information systems and people, business and organizations. Papers published cover research, practice and experience links between information systems and operations research and the relevance of soft systems movement to information systems.