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Call for Papers: Working Conference: Smart working, living and organizing

VENUE/DATES: Portsmouth, 25th June 2018

General Chairs: Yogesh Dwivedi, Deborah Bunker, David Wastell
Program Chairs: Amany Elbanna, Eleanor Wynn
Organizing Chair: Peter Bednar

The adoption and diffusion of information technology has passed through decades of developments and major shifts. It has progressed from developing and adopting single isolated systems to large integrated systems to cloud computing. It has taken major shifts and turns with the adoption of mobile technology, web-based services, wearables and Internet of Things. In the IFIP 8.6 tradition, this working conference focuses on the new developments in the adoption and diffusion of technology, systems and the resulting information that is produced and used for different purposes.

The aim of this conference is 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 call 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 conference also aims to broaden the theoretical base of adoption and diffusion of technology in light of these new technologies and new challenges. Hence, while we welcome papers that focus on traditional diffusion of innovation theories, we strongly encourage critical thinking and development and utilisation of new, non-traditional and context specific conceptual lenses and viewpoints.

We welcome papers that focus on technology at home, in the workplace and as it applies to the delivery of public services. We hope to move forward in our understanding of different types of adoption contexts which include organisations, sectors and society. Some types of organisations and sectors have traditionally been less represented in our research and we would encourage scholarly work in these areas. For example, not-for-profit and voluntary sector organisations, building and construction, automotive,, transportation and infrastructure as well as the energy sectors are all industries where the adoption of technology has had critical impact. We also encourage and welcome papers on general topics related to technology implementation, adoption and transfer.

Topics of submission may include but are not limited to:
• Appropriation of emerging technologies including smart and mobile devices, cloud computing, data analytics, drones in homes, cars and transportation systems, government, cities and different organisations.
• Diffusion, transfer, and implementation of both mature and immature smart information technologies and systems in organizations and among organizations, sectors, and countries.
• Transfer of technology to be incorporated in systems for customers and clients and in different developing and developed countries.
• Development of frameworks, models, and terminology for information technology transfer and diffusion in different contexts and different types of technology.
• Adoption and diffusion of technology in the emergency management, political and criminal justice sectors
• Identification of risk factors and barriers to success in emerging technology adoption and strategies for addressing them.
• Conditions or scenarios under which specific transfer and diffusion techniques are applicable.
• Methods to evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and value of technology transfer programs and approaches, including time and effort estimators and metrics.
• Organization design and process issues related to technology transfer and diffusion.
• Case studies of technology transfer and diffusion to provide instances to guide research, development, and practice.
• Standards and intellectual property issues that inhibit or facilitate information technology transfer.
• Ethics in the adoption of Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, wearables and mobile technology.

Important dates:
• Submission system open: 15th November 2017
• Full Paper Submission deadline: 15th February 2018
• Short Paper Submission deadline: 28 February 2018
• Reviews due: 10th March 2018
• Notification of acceptance: 15th March 2018
• Submission of Final camera-ready for Full paper and copyright form: 2nd April 2018

Paper Submission:
All submissions will be double-blind reviewed. There are three types of submission:

Full paper: must not exceed twelve (12) single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Short paper: must not exceed seven (7) single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Industry report and illustrations: must not exceed seven (7) single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

NB: All submissions must be in PDF format. Papers should conform to the Springer Template available at https://goo.gl/oiMNAm.

Proceeding of the conference Full Accepted Papers will be published in a book by Springer. The consent-to-publish form for Full Accepted Papers can be found at https://goo.gl/oiMNAm. Special issue with a journal is to be arranged.


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