IFIP WG 8.6 - Transfer and Diffusion of IT

Welcome to the Website for IFIP Working Group 8.6, an international group concerned with the diffusion, adoption and implementation of information (and communication) technologies. The Group was established by IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) in 1994. We conduct conferences and workshops, maintain a listserver and publish books. Read more about us here.

Although many members are academics, practitioners are most welcome to join in our activities, indeed developing a closer relationship between research and practice is a central aim of the Group.

The resources in this site are open to all-comers - please explore.

RECENT EVENT: Working Conference on Smart working, living and organizing

This conference was held in Portsmouth, 25th June 2018, prior to ECIS.

The aim of the event was to progress our understanding of the plethora of new technologies that are being adopted everyday by individuals, organisations, sectors and society in order to better understand the human aspects of living and organising with these technologies. In particular, we called for research from different contexts and walks of life to understand the adoption and organising principles of emerging smart devices and technologies in smart homes, smart cars, smart phones, smart government, smart cities and smart organisations. Who is becoming smart and what are they becoming smart about? Who are the “winners and losers” and what role does technology play? How are emerging technologies adopted and appropriated in everyday life and what impact are they exerting?

The workshop included a Panel of leading international scholars who debated the topic:

Evolution or Revolution: Causality and Pushing the Boundaries on Technology Adoption/Diffusion

The panelists were: Frantz Rowe (Université de Nantes) and Yogesh Dwivedi (Swansea University); Bendik Bygstad (University of Oslo); Steve Alter (University of San Francisco); David Wastell (University of Nottingham); Karlheinz Kautz(RMIT University) and Deborah Bunker (The University of Sydney)

The preliminary programme for the Workshop may be found here, and a copy of the papers here

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