GITMA 2015: Tracks

 

Track Title

Track Description

Track Chairs

Journal of Global IT Management (JGITM) Mini-track

 

 

The Journal of Global Information Technology Management (JGITM) is sponsoring a track at the GITMA 2015 conference to promote issues related to the application of IT for international business. Submissions to this track should focus on research that explores international issues or unique country/regional issues on a wide variety of IS topics. These should be complete papers that are supported by evidence (e.g., survey data, case studies, qualitative data, secondary data, etc.). All papers will receive detailed developmental reviews with constructive feedback. High quality papers will be considered for publication in JGITM on an expedited basis.  Papers requiring more work may submit to the journal after making appropriate revisions.

Prashant Palvia

Professor of IS

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research (JITCAR) Mini-track

 

 

The Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research (JITCAR) is sponsoring a mini-track to promote case-based research on the application of IT/IS to the solution of organizational problems.  Submissions to this mini-track may focus on public, private, or governmental organizations of any size, from start-up through multinational and may include case examples from countries of all types. The top paper in this mini-track will be considered (although not guaranteed) for publication in JITCAR.

Shailendra Palvia

Professor of MIS

Long Island University

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Journal of Information Privacy and Security (JIPS) Mini-track

 

 

The Journal of Information Privacy and Security (JIPS) is sponsoring a mini-track to promote issues of information privacy and security for both academics and practitioners. Submissions to this mini-track may focus on research that addresses the paradoxical nature of privacy versus security amidst current global conditions. The top paper in this mini-track will be considered (although not guaranteed) for publication in JIPS.

Kallol Bagchi

Professor of CIS

University of Texas at El Paso

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International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT) Mini-track

 

 

The Journal of Web-based Learning and Teaching Technology (IJWLTT) is sponsoring a track at the GITMA 2015 conference to contribute to the broadening of the overall body of knowledge regarding the multi-dimensional aspects of Web-based technologies in contemporaneous educational contexts, assisting researchers, practitioners, and decision makers to design more effective learning systems and scenarios. IJWLTT explores the technical, social, cultural, organizational, human, cognitive, and commercial impact of technology and expands the dialogue to address the interplay among the diverse and disparate interests affected by technology in education. Submissions to this track should seek to explore the impact of Web-based technology on the design, implementation and evaluation of the learning and teaching process, as well as the development of new activities, relationships, skills, and competencies for the various stakeholders in such processes. All papers will receive detailed developmental reviews with constructive feedback. High quality papers will be considered for publication in IJWLTT on an expedited basis.  Authors will be encouraged to revise and resubmit their manuscripts to IJWLTT based on the feedback received in this track.

Mahesh Raisinghani

Associate Professor of IS

Texas Woman’s University

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IS Enabling Open Innovation

 

Opening the innovation process represents a new opportunity for small, medium and large firms to increase the internal innovative capacity and to raise their overall innovation performance. Most companies have started to pay attention to the positive results derived from exploiting their internal resources and interacting with external actors such as suppliers, customers, lenders, and local institutions. Research in OI has followed several different veins, giving evidence of the multidimensional nature of the concept of openness. The role of Information Systems in enabling open innovation within companies is still understudied. This track asks for contributions toward a better understanding of this phenomenon, trying to address topics such as "use of ICT to open the innovation process", "open principles in information systems development", "IS case studies showing how firms adopt open innovation approaches", and more. 

Pierluigi Rippa

Researcher

University of Naples Federico II

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Information Technology in Asia

Specific and unique to Asia, this track includes research associated with the development, adoption diffusion and use of technology in Asia.  Topics that are appropriate to this track include, but are not exclusive to, the following:

  • Global information technology outsourcing and the information services sector in Asian countries
  • Emergent technologies in Asia
  • Performance, profitability and competitiveness in Asian countries with respect to IT industry and IT investments
  • Growth of Asian IT innovative development in areas such as gaming, chip design, mobile devices, laptops, switching devices
  • Information technology in Asia in regard to programming, consulting, web hosting services, cloud computing development
  • Cost profile changes over time for IT industry in various countries, and associated migration of locus of IT industry centers
  • Cross cultural, social impacts of increased IT penetration and usage in Asian countries
  • Benefits of mobile technology in various Asian countries
  • Intellectual property issues in Asia
  • Comparative Information Technology studies between Asian countries
Other topics in Information Technology in Asia are welcomed to this track.

Haji Afzaal Seyal

Institute Technology Brunei

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IT in Emerging Economies

Information technology can be an enabling force for development in emerging economies around the world. IT is closely interrelated with such diverse areas as economic growth, job creation, telecommunications infrastructure, outsourcing, mobile technology, education, public policy, and the global supply chain. Emerging economies include, but are not limited to, Brazil, China, India, and Russia.

Aykut Turan

Associate Professor

Sakarya UniversityTurkey

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IT for Social Benefit in Developing Countries

Information technologies can have a substantive effect on developing nations and economies by improving market access, facilitating economic development and opening doors to new products and services for communities.  This track is for those conducting research in IT for social benefit in developing countries, and it will include research associated with the development and deployment of IT to advance social causes as well as improve the lives of the less advantaged.  Mobile technologies for new markets, political changes associated with new information technologies, GNP growth as an outcome of new digital infrastructure investment, and impacts of social networking on social improvements are all topics that are relevant to this track, as well as research on digital inclusion and cross cultural differences in IT in developing countries.

Choton Basu

Associate Professor

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

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Cross Cultural Issues in International IT Deployment

This track will examine the important role of culture in the implementation of IT. As globalization brings more cultures into contact with each other, the potential for cultural differences to impact organizational IT outcomes increases. Research at any level of culture (national, organizational, occupational, departmental) is welcomed. Cross-cultural research comparing and contrasting multiple national cultures in a global IT context is especially encouraged.

Amy Woszczynski

Interim Chair of the Department of Information Systems

Kennesaw State University

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Tim Jacks

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Management Information Systems

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Global Electronic Commerce

In today's ever-evolving world, everything imaginable is available on the web. The Internet is growing as more and more people and businesses connect to it on a daily basis.  With Internet usage on the rise, firms are beginning to realize the importance of adopting E-commerce.  This track intends to collect contributions on this issue.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • E -Consumer Behavior
  • E-Commerce Adoption
  • E -Commerce Strategic Management
  • E -Commerce Management and Leadership
  • E -Commerce and Organizational Behavior
  • E-Commerce and Organizational Development
  • E -Commerce and Organizational Learning
  • E -Commerce Technologies and the Workplace
  • E -Commerce and Employee Ethical issues
  • E -Commerce Stress and Strain Impacts
  • E-Commerce and Human Resource Management
  • E -Commerce and Cultural Issues
  • E -Commerce and Customer Relationships
  • E -Commerce and Political Issues
  • B2B Markets and Exchanges

Praveen Pinjani

Associate Professor

Delaware State University

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Global IT Innovation

New technologies can be engines of innovation leading to increased global competitiveness, new commercial ventures and a changed landscape for global businesses.  Per capita incomes and material well being arguably rise with the diffusion of improved technologies- indeed, technological change can drive rapid economic growth in nations.  Innovation and economic gain may result from capital investments in information technology research, and breakthrough and disruptive innovations may lead to new markets and new business opportunities.  Technological innovation is the theme of this research track, and topics appropriate to this track include:

  • Technological innovation and organizational economic performance
  • Economic growth and IT innovation
  • The ROI from deliberate IT research and industry investment
  •  Economic disruption from new technologies: new global markets, threatened organizations and strategic deployments of innovation

Jaideep Ghosh

George Mason University

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Strategic Applications of Global Information Systems

Strategic and competitive considerations have long been separated from the technological innovation activities of the firm due to the complexities involved in integrating technology and innovation issues into the firm's overall strategic planning.  In learning from the past & charting the future of the discipline, the key question is what will it take to be a/sustain success in the business environment of tomorrow?  Three forces account for most of the convergence of business strategy with organizational structure and information systems. They are rapid innovation of new information technologies, widespread creation of new ideas and concepts about information itself, and extensive development of new information-intensive organizational forms and business strategies.  As more countries join the ranks of the industrialized nations, the sophistication of the global market and number of global competitors have eliminated any advantage to a simple presence in international markets. Companies tied to the information economy are typically global from their inception - the Internet does not permit them to compete in only national markets. At the same time we see massive consolidations of industries from automobiles to banking to pharmaceuticals to cell phones and Internet service providers around the globe.

Today the international/global/multinational/transnational organization must employ strategic thinking to compete successfully.  The focus of this mini-track will be on understanding the fundamental conditions of the industry and the firm in order to generate and sustain a competitive strategy.
 Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Impact of e-business on transnational/multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Best practices in strategic global IS management and global competition 
  • Cultural difference between/within global companies 
  • Managing intellectual capital  in MNEs/Impacts of Cultural, Political, and Economic Issues 
  • Building strategic NII infrastructures  
  • Global IT Strategy in MNEs
  • Knowledge Management / Multinational IT Resource Management
  • Speed of change  & Sustainability
  • Shareholder demands and Impact of regulation/deregulation
  • Case studies of strategic applications in global IS

Mahesh Raisinghani

Associate Professor

Texas Womens University

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Health Information Systems IT

Delivering affordable but quality healthcare to its citizens is of prime concern to most nations. IT-enabled enhancement or transformation of various structures and processes in the healthcare delivery system can not only help reduce the cost of healthcare delivery, but also enhance the quality of care provided. The goal of this track is to explore current research and practice in the use of IT in general, and Internet technologies specifically, to improve the healthcare delivery system. Key players in the healthcare system include patients, physicians, healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, the government, and policy makers, and this track is particularly interested in elucidating the nature and extent of IT use in these stakeholder segments. This track also aims to foster discussions on opportunities for further use of IT in healthcare, and also threats and concerns involved in the use of IT.   Suggested topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Remote delivery of healthcare using IT
  • Online diagnosis and treatment systems
  • Online health maintenance systems
  • Enhancing traditional clinical decision making through IT
  • IT enabled distributed clinical decision making
  • IT and the practice of evidence based medicine
  • IT-induced power shifts among healthcare stakeholders
  • Web based systems for medical information for patients
  • Web based systems for medical information for physicians
  • Establishment of IT infrastructure standards in the healthcare system
  • Online medical communities
  • The use of IT to prevent, control, and eradicate epidemic and pandemic outbreaks
  • Electronic patient records management systems
  • Facilitating continuing medical education of healthcare professionals using IT
  • Country specific healthcare IT needs
  • Technical, managerial, and behavioral issues involved in the implementation of IT in healthcare

Ravi Thambusamy

Assistant Professor

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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Leadership and IT

This track encourages papers that explore the intersection of leadership and information technology.  Papers appropriate for this track include, but are not limited to, those that explore how IT is changing the ability to lead employees across the globe (global leadership), how IT has changed the way the leader self manages (how information is stored, organized, accessed, etc), how IT enables and augments more recent leadership theories such as self-leadership and sustainable leadership.

Kevin Lowe

Graduate School of Management

University of Auckland

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Creating Value from Social Media

Social media exemplifies how, with all new technology, we see the evolution of both intended and unintended consequences of its use. Organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, are trying to grasp the impact of those technologies on their business and learn how to leverage these technologies for positive business outcomes. Individuals are able to reach out to others around the world, effect change and even organize social movements. Phenomena such as cyberbullying, sex trafficking, and cyber-sexploitation of youth have also occurred. This track invites papers that examine both types of consequences of social media in today’s society. These consequences may reverberate with individuals, groups, businesses, countries or even society as a whole.  
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Issues and challenges of using social media to enhance organizational processes
  • Case studies of social media being used in organizations
  • Understanding the value-add afforded by social media
  • Strengthening customer relationship management through social media use
  • Leveraging social media connectivity to improve organizational social responsibility
  • Role of social media in online education
  • Human resource’s use of social media in employment processes
  • Employee use of social media on the job
  • Identifying cyberbullies in social media
  • Exploring consumer views of organizations’ use of social media
  • Training today’s business students to be good stewards of their social media

Connie Barber

Assistant Professor

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Enterprise IT Management

This track focuses on (1) the IT Deployment and Management, and (2) the Support of the Enterprise IT Customers.The first area includes deployment and management SDLC activities and includes the deployment and management of voice, video, conferencing, and data hardware including desktop, local and wide-area networking as well as personal area networking including mobile devices and services.   Examples of topics appropriate to this mini-track include:

  • Management of IT services, products, and applications
  • Project management
  • Applications development and implementation
  • Governance frameworks such as COBIT and VAL IT
  • Services Management frameworks such as ITIL
  • Business Process frameworks such as Business Process Framework
The second area includes aspects that focus on supporting the business IT needs of the enterprise customers, both within and external to the enterprise.  Examples of topics appropriate to this mini-track include:
  • Customer-focused IT governance and processes
  • Customer needs analysis
  • End user support
  • User training
  • Customer-focused IT personnel training.

Karen Patten

Assistant Professor

University of South Carolina

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E-governance

E-governance or electronic governance is a process of reform in the way governments work.  E-governance may be defined as delivery of government services to the public, and exchange of information communication transactions between various stakeholders such as governments, citizens, and businesses using information and communication technologies. Use of ICT in government facilitates smart governance for the benefit of both government and the clients that they serve. Electronic government is a potential driver as well as enabler in the way governance can be reinvented to deal with problems efficiently and deliver the services in a more responsive and responsible manner. The purpose of this E-Governance track is to provide a forum of discussing research, policies, strategies and technologies related to e-governance. Topics include:

  • Best practices of E-Governance
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Digital Inclusion
  • E- Democracy
  • E-Governance Adoption
  • E-Governance Assessment and Evaluation
  • E-Governance Implementation
  • E-Governance Models and Stages of Development
  • E-Government Applications
  • E-government transformation: Challenges and opportunities
  • E-Participation
  • E-Services
  • E-Voting
  • Government Process Re-engineering
  • Green IT Initiative in E-Governance
  • Innovation in E-Governance
  • Interoperability
  • Methodologies for the study of e-Government
  • Open Data and Government
  • Socioeconomic implications of E-Governance
  • Technologies for E-Governance
  • Trust in E-government
  • Other topics as appropriate to the purposes of the track

Prabin Kumar Panigrahi

Associate Professor of IS

Indian Institute of Management Indore

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Mobile IT

Few areas have experienced as much rapid growth and development as the global tidal wave of ubiquitous mobile IT technology, including laptops, tablets and the always-on cell phone connectivity.  The growth in mobile IT has sparked a change in how we communicate with each other (texting to our spouse, child or colleague in the next room), our relationships with each other (sending up-to-the-minute photos of daily activities to friends), and perhaps even impacting how we think (Carr’s theory that Google might be making us stupid).  Our mobile IT platform might be isolating us more than connecting us (for instance, this is a central hypothesis of Turkle’s Alone Together research).  The mobile IT track seeks papers that explore the global impact of the burgeoning mobile IT technology.  Topics appropriate for this track include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact of the proliferation of cell phones and other mobile devices in developing countries
  • Evaluation of internet capable, global mobile technologies and the relative performance features of these technologies
  • The evolution of mobile technologies over time in markets, including work related to iPhone vs. Android platform adoption
  • The impacts of leapfrogging, where communities with previously highly limited internet access gain sudden and widespread access due to easily available internet- connected mobile devices
  • Global cross border limitations in disparate mobile IT platforms and standards adoption
  • Research explorations of the availability of wireless connectivity access and GNP/GDP growth relationships

Don Heath

Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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Diversity & Inclusion in the IT Workforce

This track will address the intersection of Information Systems and people from a diversity and inclusion angle. Topics discussed will include status of under-represented groups in computing; why underrepresented groups tend not to choose IT field; interaction/challenges of under-represented groups with IT, social consequence of technology, the use and misuse of IT - particularly Internet; challenges faced by underrepresented groups in using technologies and taking up IT as a profession; strategies to make IS more inclusive; role of social computing and its impact on diversity and inclusion.

Virginia Kleist

Associate Professor, Management Information Systems

MIS Department

West Virginia University

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Global Big Data

Global data is growing at an exponential pace. Social media, mobile applications, user-generated content, RFID, GPS, location-based services are some of the data sources that are contributing to this growth. As data grows in volume, variety, velocity, and also veracity, viscosity, variability and volatility they create the big data phenomenon. As data grows, global businesses are challenged with the task of analyzing the data for effective and efficient decision making. There are both technical and behavioral factors involved in facing these data challenges. A variety of analytical models, methodologies and tools exists to address this issue. This also leads to many opportunities for innovation in both private sector and public sector environments. This track focuses on the big data phenomenon as well as the ability to make data driven decision through analytics.  Papers relevant to this track include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Big Data and Risk Assessment
  • Big Data, Security, and Privacy
  • Social Commerce and Web Analytics
  • Managerial considerations for Data Analytics
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Analytics
  • Healthcare, Patient Wellness, and Data
  • Visual Analytics
  • Mobile Intelligence
  • Analytics in Context (Areas such as Entertainment, Sports, Politics)
  • Global Big Data
  • Social Analytics

Rhoda C. Joseph

Associate Professor of Information Systems


Penn State Harrisburg 

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Writing Workshop

"Write, Write, Write!"

This innovative, half-day workshop will be focused purely on intense writing. Researchers who choose to participate will have time and space to work, to discuss, to collaborate, but primarily to write!

  • If you have an idea, write your outline
  • If you have an outline, write your first draft
  • If you have a draft, write your final draft
This session emphasizes productivity and output in a supportive and motivational environment.

Choton Basu

Associate Professor

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

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Doctoral Consortium

Consortium for PhD students to discuss their research from senior IS faculty. Interested students should submit their work for critique to this track.

Jo Ellen Moore

Professor CMIS

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Mahesh Raisinghani

Associate Professor of IS

Texas Woman’s University

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Job Placement

Opportunities for job placement interviews.

Anil Kumar

Professor Information Systems

Central Michigan University

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