Volume 11, No. 1, April 2001
Social and Organizational Aspects of
Call for Papers
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):
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,
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
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.