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Conf-IRM 2022

The 15th International Conference on Information Resources Management (Conf-IRM 2022)

Thriving Amidst Disruptive Technologies 

The organizing committee invites you to submit your research (full and research-in-progress), teaching cases and proposals for panels and tutorials to Conf-IRM 2022. All conference submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed. the review process will be handled by the track chairs and program co-chairs.

Conf-IRM is aligned with Special Issue on "Thriving Amidst Disruptive Technologies" in ACM Distributed Ledger Technologies: Research Practice

Submit your research, teaching case and/or tutorial. 

Conf-IRM is an AIS Affiliated Conference

Conference Date
October 18-20, 2022

Virtual/Hybrid Conference

 

Academic Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Michael Wade

British and Canadian

Professor of Innovation and Strategy,

Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation

PhD Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

michael.wade@imd.org

RESEARCH AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Michael has published ten books and more than a hundred articles and case studies on a variety of topics, including digital business transformation, innovation, strategy, and digital leadership. He was elected to the Digital Shapers Hall of Fame in 2021 by a consortium of Swiss business media
His latest book, published in January 2022, is Hacking Digital: Best Practices to Implement and Accelerate your Business Transformation. In 2021, he released a book on innovation and creativity called ALIEN Thinking: How to Bring Your Breakthrough Ideas to Life. His 2019 book, Orchestrating Transformation: How to Deliver Winning Performance with a Connected Approach to Change won multiple awards and 2016’s Digital Vortex: How Today's Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at their Own Game was a best-seller across multiple languages.
Lately, Michael has been working on a podcast Management under the Microscope, where he unpacks business myths through conversations with academics and business executives.

CLIENTS & INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
At IMD, Michael directs a number of executive programs related to digital transformation, including Digital Execution, Digital Transformation for Boards, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation in Practice and The Digital Transformation Sprint. He also founded and directs Europe’s first and largest program for executives on digital, Leading Digital Business Transformation. He has designed and directed custom programs related to digital strategy and transformation for dozens of organizations across industries. Michael provides consulting services, executive education, and expert evaluations to several public and private sector organizations on strategy and digital transformation, and he sits on a number of corporate boards as an advisor on digitization and business model disruption.
Michael has been nominated for teaching awards in the MBA, International MBA, and Executive MBA programs.

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Submission Types and Guidelines

  • Dates and Deadlines

    Submission deadline has been extended to July 4, 2022

    Notification of submission decision: July 25, 2022

    Final submission due date for accepted papers: August 29, 2022

    Early registration deadline: September 19, 2022

  • Full Length Submissions

    Submissions must be no more than 12 pages, including references, appendices and title page. All submissions must follow the submission template specifications. Submissions must be original and previously unpublished, conceptual or empirical research manuscripts. Papers that are highly rated by the reviewers will be workshopped for submission to a supporting journal. The paper that best represents, in terms of quality and suitability, the theme and ideals of the conference will be awarded the "Best Paper Award" during the conference.

    Submit

    DOWNLOAD THE CONF-IRM SUBMISSION TEMPLATE SPECIFICATIONS

  • Research-in-progress Submissions

    Submissions must be no more than 7 pages. All research-in-progress submissions will be published in the proceedings as short papers.

    Submit

  • Teaching Cases

    We welcome submissions of teaching cases. The cases should be based on real situations and targeted at specific learning objectives. Cases should be no more than 12 pages and must be accompanied by instructor teaching notes (not included in the 12 pages). The teaching notes will not be published.

    Submit

  • Workshop, Panel and Tutorial Submissions

    Submissions must be no more than 3 pages. Proposals should include the objectives, topics to be covered and the full details of all presenters. Method of presentation is at the submitter's discretion; however, the submitter has the responsibility for providing his/her own panel members. All accepted proposals will appear in the conference proceedings.

    Submit

  • Important Notes
    1. While the primary language of the conferences is English, Track 10 will accept papers in Portuguese and Spanish, as well as English.
    2. The number of submissions by an author (including joint authorship) is strictly limited to a maximum of two.
    3. Authors of accepted papers (at least one person per submission) and all panel members and tutorial presenters MUST register AND attend the virtual conference.
    4. Submissions of ALL TYPES must be received by the above deadlines.
    5. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings in their entirety upon payment of registration fees. Papers accepted and presented at the conference will also be placed in the AIS e-Library. Papers not presented at the conference, for any reason, will not be included in the AIS e-Library. An ISBN number will be assigned to papers published by the conference proceedings.

Conference Tracks

  • Track 01 - Big Data, Data Analytics, and Business Intelligence
    Track chairs:
    Sumeet Gupta – Indian Institute of Management Raipur, India
    Colin Conrad – Dalhousie University, Canada
     
    Track coverage
    Since its inception just over a decade ago, big data has gone from a fringe movement to mainstream use. Today, organizations do not just use data from transactional systems for decision support, but increasingly need to employ varieties of high volume, high velocity data into their everyday business processes. The result has been a new generation of decision support systems that support dynamic, real-time decision making which is ultimately used by a very large range of stakeholders, ranging from executives to the general public. In this track, we invite completed research, work in progress, teaching cases and other innovations at the intersection of big data, business intelligence and data analytics, with an emphasis on how these technologies influence people and processes. 
     
    Recommended topics
    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
    - Applications of emerging data management and analytics technologies in organizations
    - Applications of cloud analytics technologies
    - Applications of social media analytics
    - Internet of things data management
    - User challenges around big data
    - Affordances of big data technologies
    - Innovations in value creation with big data or analytics
    - Predictive and business analytics
    - Innovations in platform as a service or data as a service
    - Industry standards for managing data
    - Teaching cases related to big data management
    - Teaching cases related to business analytics
  • Track 02 - Enterprise Systems and Knowledge Management

    Track chairs:
    Brian Detlor, McMaster University, Canada
    Dorit Nevo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

    Track coverage:
    Enterprise Systems and Knowledge Management (ES and KM) solutions when introduced into an organization require organizational, technological, and often cultural changes. These solutions must be tailored and contextualized to meet workplace and workforce needs. Once deployed, they can be used to enhance business processes and work practices leading to improvements in innovation and organizational performance. Building on existing ES and KM research studies, this track promotes an interdisciplinary approach that examines the technical, managerial, behavioural, and social issues arising in organizations in relation to the design, deployment, management, and use of ES and KM solutions.


    Recommended topics:
    Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Knowledge creation and sharing in organizations
    • KM and organizational learning
    • ES and KM for organizational transformation
    • Managerial, social, and behavioural issues in ES and KM
    • ES and KM governance, strategy, and performance
    • Development, use, diffusion and impact of ES and KM
    • Inter-organizational impacts of ES and KM
    • Emerging and future trends in ES and KM
    • ES and KM with social media
    • Integrating KM and ES
    • Cultural aspects in managing knowledge with ES
    • KM in the multinational ES
  • Track 03 - Digital Transformation, Management, and Governance
    Track chairs:
    Barbara Krumay, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
    Vik Pant - University of Toronto and University of Ottawa, Canada

    Track Coverage
    Digital transformation refers to the nexus of forces that are available to both entrepreneurs and organizations for developing innovations and creating new business models. It is enabled by new and emerging technologies including, but not limited to, big data, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing, internet of things, cloud computing, mobile computing, social media, and digital platforms. Adaptive organizations can leverage this confluence of phenomena to innovate and reshape industries in line with their strategic interests. Similarly, management and governance also play critical roles in the development of sustainable and strategically aligned innovation. ICT entrepreneurs are reshaping the socio-economic landscape in both advanced and emerging economies. This track promotes an integrative and holistic approach for analyzing and reasoning the impact of these evolving technologies on organizations and on innovation. Of particular interest are sessions that trace the realization of enduring differential benefits by organizations via the coaction of these technologies, and the manner in which digital technologies are at the forefront of entrepreneurial activities. It also welcomes theoretical as well as practical and application-oriented sessions on the implications of digital transformation on private and public sector enterprises.

    Recommended topics
    Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Patterns and models of digital transformation and innovation
    • Implications of digital transformation on planning
    • Business model innovation via emerging technologies
    • Digital entrepreneurship in emerging economies
    • Performance measurement and management of digital transformation
    • Small and medium-sized enterprises and digital transformation
    • Sustaining and disruptive innovations enabled by digital technologies
    • Impact of digital transformation on socio-economic structures and landscape
    • Organizational culture and climate changes for digital transformation
    • Examples of digital transformation and innovation in different key socio-economic sectors including education and health
    • Impact of tech and tech-enabled startups on socio-economic development in emerging economies
    • The role of university-based incubators and accelerators in digital transformation, ICT entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Track 04 - Information Security, Privacy, and Risk Management
    Track chairs:
    Matthew Nicolas Kreeger - Entrust, Cambridge, UK
    Khalil El-Khatib - OntarioTech University, Oshawa, Canada
     
    Track coverage
    The widespread ubiquity and adoption of distributed computing solutions, coupled with the ever advancing threat landscape in which they operate, leads to the need of constantly reimagining privacy and security. Notably, the existing literature is rich with well-publicized examples showing how both the data of organizations, and individuals, can be collected and misused.  Technological and regulatory tools which are designed to prevent, or mitigate, the effects of data leakage, theft, damage, or destruction, often seek to catch up to these events, but the rate of development, and thus exploitations (existing or zero day), continue to exceed the rate at which such measures can be created and adopted.  More than ever, the average person lives their life online, and in a world that is deeply inter-networked, the risks faced further increase.  The solutions to these, and other emerging problems, lie in an interwoven mixture of social and technological measures that include strengthening regulatory controls and the adoption of stronger preventive technologies.
     
    Recommended topics
    Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    - The adoption and use of information security technologies and policies
    - The development of information security culture and awareness
    - Secure software engineering practices (including empirical studies)
    - Privacy, security, trust, and risk within distributed computing environments
    - Blockchain security and privacy concerns and its regulation and governance
    - Privacy issues concerning big data
    - Individual motivators and inhibitors of employee computer crime
    - Investigations of computer crime and security violations
    - Behavioural and human aspects of information security, privacy and trust
    - Cybersecurity risk management
  • Track 05 - Digital Information Systems in the Public Sector, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Transport and Education

    Co-chairs:
    Marie Anne Macadar, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Makoto Nakayama, DePaul University, USA

    Track coverage:
    Advancements in information and communication technology (ICT) have profoundly impacted public services citizen engagement and subsequent superior policy outcomes. How have ICT improved public services, healthcare delivery, and welfare states, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic? How have e-government initiatives re-invented government services through ICT? Technology presents many opportunities for teaching and learning, but these must be critically understood within complex political, cultural, and social systems. How have we seen e-vote, e-participation, and other digital mechanisms to improve citizens’ participation? We also welcome studies on new technology applications using the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Distributed Ledgers Technology (DLT), Blockchain, Big Data processing,  drones, and smart grids. Other important topics include digital transformation and innovation initiatives at government agencies of different levels and domains, their drivers and motivations, the processes and strategies they adopted, the barriers and challenges they faced, their critical success factors, and their impact on various aspects of performance.


    Recommended topics:
    • Pandemic, ICT, and public services and welfare
    • Impact of the digital divide on public services, healthcare, and education
    • Impact, opportunities, and challenges of technology-enhanced teaching and learning
    • Role of e-participation and e-vote to improve citizen’s access and involvement in public decisions
    • Smart grids and the Internet of Things (infrastructure, transportation, education, governance, environment, healthcare, safety, security, and energy)
    • Applications in smart cities (drones, IoT, AI, DLT, Blockchain, Big Data processing, among others)
    • Role of ICT in sustainable smart urban and rural futures
    • E-Strategy and e-service models in the public sector
    • Smart Governance and policy modeling (participatory/collaborative evidence-based governance)
  • Track 06 - Digital Business Platforms, Blockchain, Social Networking, and the Internet of Things
    Track chairs:
    Eduardo Henrique Diniz, FGV, Brazil
    Martin Potančok, Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic
    Tomáš Bruckner, Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic
     
    Track coverage:
    This track aims to explore issues related to the development, application, use and management of Digital Business, Blockchain (or Digital Ledger Technologies), Social Networking and the Internet of Things (IoT). Digital Business, Social Networking and the Internet of Things applications are increasingly being used by businesses and customers to support the newly connected World. This brings new challenges for both traditional and digital companies, the whole society and new requirements for (data) analytics services. We welcome both empirical and conceptual papers that employ diverse theoretical, methodological and philosophical perspectives of Digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and the Internet of Things.
     
    Recommended topics:
    Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Theories, concepts and methodologies on Digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and the Internet of Things
    • Development, implementation, adoption and management of Digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and the Internet of Things
    • Applications of emerging technologies in Digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and the Internet of Things
    • Development of Digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and the Internet of Things for different key socio-economic sectors including education and health
    • Sourcing strategies for Digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and the Internet of Things
    • Analytics services for Digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and the Internet of Things
    • Business and social impacts of digital Business, Blockchain, Social Networking and Internet of Things
    • Security and privacy issues and developments associated with the newly connected world
  • Track 07 - Regional Perspectives on Digital Information Systems

    Track chairs:
    Paola A. Gonzalez - Dalhousie University - Canada
    Richard W. Pazzi - Ontario Tech University - Canada

    Track coverage:
    The goal of this Conf-IRM 2022 track is to invite scholars interested in conducting research on digital information system (information and communication technology - ICT) in The Americas Region to share their findings or research-in progress based on the peculiarities of their contexts or comparative analysis with other contexts or countries. This track promotes the design, use, management and impact of ICTs in organizations and society, for economic and social development. We are especially interested in data-driven ICT applications for sustainability and inclusion that might involve local, regional, national and transnational organizations, government, healthcare, agribusiness, education initiatives, or other contexts. 

    This track accepts submissions in Portuguese and Spanish.

    Recommended topics:
    Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • ICT for sustainable development
    • Public policies for ICT development
    • Information security and privacy issues
    • ICT for regional and global integration
    • Data-driven decision making and ICT
    • Socio-cultural influence and Impact of ICT
    • ICT for and impacts on Indigenous Cultures & Displaced People
    • ICT for diversity and inclusion
    • Impacts of ICT on people, organizations and society
    • ICT in start-ups and SMEs
    • Strategic IT management and governance in developing countries
    • ICT in Fintech and Blockchain
    • ICT in government, healthcare, agribusiness, education, and entertainment
  • Track 08 - AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning

    Track chairs:
    Mahsa Mohaghegh - Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
    Paul Kennedy - University of Technology Sydney, Australia

    Track coverage
    In recent decades the collection of huge amounts of data together with advances in high-performance computing and machine learning algorithms have resulted in an explosion of interest in Artificial Intelligence, robotics and machine learning. Big data from social media, sensors, the Internet of Things, business and other sources have fuelled the development of algorithms able to solve previously intractable problems in business, health, science and the social world. This provides research opportunities for researchers in both fundamental algorithm development as well as the development and application of methods to new and exciting research domains.

    Recommended topics
    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Environment Description, Map Building and Localization, SLAM
    • Navigation incl. Collision Avoidance and Path Planning
    • Perception for Robotics
    • Advanced Sensors and Vision Systems for Robotics
    • Intelligent Embedded Systems and Integrated Intelligence
    • Cognitive Robotics
    • Robot Learning and Deep Learning in Robotics
    • AI in Robotics, Computer Vision and Games
    • Artificial intelligence: theoretical contributions, new approaches or applications.
    • Machine learning: theoretical contributions, new approaches or applications.
    • Emerging methods or developments in unsupervised machine learning or clustering.
    • Learning Graphical Models and Complex Networks
    • Active, Cost-Sensitive, Semi-Supervised, Multi-Instance, Multi-Label and Multi-Task Learning
    • Transfer/Adaptive, Rational and Structured Learning
    • Preference/Ranking, Ensemble, and Reinforcement Learning
    • Developments or applications in supervised learning.
    • Novel developments or applications in reinforcement learning or similar.
    • Emerging work in algorithms such as neural approaches, tree-based approaches, ensemble learning or graphical models.
    • Ethical issues in artificial intelligence, robotics or machine learning.
    • Relevant approaches for enabling uptake of AI or related technologies in the industry.
  • Track 09 - Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality
    Track chairs:
    Professor Ruth Falconer, Abertay University, Scotland
    Charly Harbord, Abertay University, Scotland
    Naman Merchant, Abertay University, Scotland
     
    Track coverage:
    Augmented and Mixed realities (xR) create spaces where the user is present in their environment but in a curated and potentially shared experience. xR is becoming increasingly prevalent in the field of applied games to solve problems,  boost  productivity  and  drive  positive  change  in  the  real-world.  These technologies allow for a deeper sense of immersion and connection with the potential of promoting social cohesion and creating new services and products. This is particularly relevant for other emerging technologies and infrastructures  such as Metaverse.  
     
    Recommended topics:
    Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • xR applications in video games
    • xR in cultural heritage
    • Innovative AR/xR applications for social issues
    • xR and the metaverse
    • xR for data integration and visualisation
    • User Experience (UX) of xR applications
  • Track 10 - Workshops, Tutorials and Panels

    Track chairs:
    Peter Lewis, Ontario Tech University, Canada 
    Farhaan Mirza, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Track coverage:
    Workshops, panels, and tutorial sessions provide the opportunity to present on subjects that are topical and perhaps controversial, and will enable opportunities to enhance the learning experience. The subjects should typically be relatively under-researched or covering concepts that are contested or where differing interpretations are evident. Proposals must therefore be on topics that will engage the audience and will include experts in a discussion or leading a tutorial presentation or workshop that will stimulate interaction, enhance learning, and contribute to the goal of moving the community forward on a topic of your choice. Proposals that are aligned with the 2022 conference theme, Thriving Amidst Disruptive Technologies, are especially welcome. Both workshops and tutorials should be for between 2-4 hours (and are usually held on the day before the main conference).

    Proposals should include:
    •  Title of the panel/ workshop/ tutorial
    • Description of the panel/ workshop/ tutorial
    • Objectives of the panel/ workshop/ tutorial – i.e., issues/topics to be covered, recommended audience
    • Details of all presenters and panel members – i.e., full name, position, affiliation, contact email
    • Information about the method of presentation
    • Method of presentation is at the submitter's discretion
    • Type of venue layout required
    • The submitter of panel proposals is responsible for organizing his/her own panel members
    • All panellists, workshop or tutorial presenters must be registered for the conference
  • Track 11 - Graduate Symposium

    Track chairs:
    Miguel V. Martin, Ontario Tech University, Canada
    Pietro Cunha Dolci, University of Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
     
    Track coverage:
    The Graduate Symposium is a space where graduate students can publish works in progress or short papers. The aim is to provide an open forum to share ideas and feedback on information resources management within the scope of this year’s conference theme Thriving Amidst Disruptive Technologies. The track provides an exciting opportunity for graduate students and their supervisors to obtain valuable feedback on their progress and the upcoming tasks to complete their graduate studies.

    This track accepts submissions in Portuguese and Spanish.

     
    Recommended topics:
    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
    - Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Data Analytics
    - Enterprise Systems and Knowledge Management
    - ICT Services, Management, and Governance
    - Information Security, Privacy, Blockchains, and Risk Management
    - ICT in Public Sector, Telecommunications, Transport, Healthcare and Education
    - ICT for Development and Inclusion
    - Digital Transformation, ICT Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    - Digital Business, Social Networking and the Internet of Things
    - Social Robots and Robot-Human interaction
    - AI applications for disruptive technologies
    - IoT management
    - Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies
    - Security and privacy

Information for Participants

  • Regsitration and Fees

    At least one author per accepted paper has to register.

    The early registration deadline is September 19, 2022 (for presenting authors). 

    No deadline for attendees' registration.

    Fees are in USD

    In Person attendees
    • Academic (AIS members): $ 115 (early registration) / $ 175
    • Academic (not an AIS members): $ 175 (early registration) / $ 200
    • Industry/Corperate: $250
    • Student: $100 (early registration) / $115
    Online only attendees
    • Academic Presenter – academic or student with paper: $40
    • Corporate/Industry Presenter: $50
    • Attendee - academic or student without a paper: $ 0
    • Online attendees without papers are free, but require registration.

    Make sure to register for the workshops, too!

  • Tentative Schedule

    The online conference sessions will take place on the Gathertown platform and Zoom. The in person components will take place at Ontario Tech University, North Campus in Oshawa. We will be streaming the in person components.  

    Monday, October 17 (Online): Workshops, Tutorials, Panels

    Tuesday, October 18 (Online): Paper presentations

    Tuesday, October 18 (in Person): social event in the evening in Oshawa

    Wednesday, October 19 (On campus and online): keynote, paper presentations, breakfast, lunch and dinner in North Oshawa

    Thursday, October 20 (Online): Paper presentations

  • Organizing Committee
    Conference Co-Chairs:
    Michael Bliemel, Ontario Tech University, Canada
    Gerald Grant, Carleton University, Canada
     
    Program Co-Chairs:
    Jairo Gutierrez, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
    Amarolinda Klein, UNISINOS, Brazil
    Patrick C.K. Hung, Ontario Tech University, Canada

    Local Organizing Co-Chairs:
    Stephen Marsh, Ontario Tech University, Canada
    Gabby Resch, Ontario Tech University, Canada
     
    Publications and Proceedings Co-Chair:
    Lech Janczewski, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
     
    Conf-IRM Executive / International Co-Chairs:
    Felix B. Tan, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
    G 'Hari' Harindranath, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
    Sherif Kamel, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
    Jairo Gutierrez, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Previous Conf-IRM Proceedings and Research

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