University of Louisville, USA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
The contemporary and ongoing diffusion of digital technologies – mobile and distributed computing, social media, digital platforms, data analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchains, cloud computing, etc. –generate new possibilities for innovation and entrepreneurship in a wide range of domains including healthcare, education, retail, and many others. Indeed, companies must innovate continuously in order to keep up with these trends.
Regardless of trigger, the joint impact of digital technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and transformation is clearly evident. Work is increasingly being virtualized, digitalized or even completely automated (Overby 2008). Several new digital forms of organizing are emerging, such as crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, or virtual organizing (Ahuja et al. 2003; Burtch et al. 2013). Innovation processes themselves are becoming less bounded, more open, less predictable and more fluid (Yoo et al. 2010; Majchrzak and Malhotra 2013). New forms of venture creation are abounding due to the influence of novel digital technology on entrepreneurship (Autio et al. 2017; von Briel et al. 2018). New business models of the sharing economy, e.g., Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, are disrupting traditional industries and creating new marketspaces.
Yet, while digital technologies have many advantages of efficiency, convenience, and delivery, they have a dark sides too (Malhotra and Van Alstyne 2014). For instance, they increase uncertainties in how work takes place as well as how innovations and new ventures come into being. This uncertainty has partially been accredited to the nature of the technologies themselves (Ekbia 2009; Yoo et al. 2010; Kallinikos et al. 2013). On the other hand, social and organizational actors also encounter and must deal with uncertainty in their own right.
Our track invites researchers to re-evaluate traditional assumptions and create new theories about digitally-enabled innovation, entrepreneurship and transformation. The IS research community is uniquely positioned to address these issues of the imbrication of technological and social forms of change because it brings to bear knowledge of both technical and social dimensions, along with its need-solution pairing that generativity properties of IS have facilitated.
These and related research challenges require the joint effort of scholars with an interest in the role of digital technology, be they from fields of information systems research, management science, organizational studies, innovation management, entrepreneurship or other disciplines. We welcome innovative, rigorous and relevant theoretical, empirical (qualitative and quantitative) as well as design-oriented research that advance existing theories as well as seed new theoretical lenses. We also invite papers that take a balanced view of digital innovation and transformation, considering the potential along with the risks and downsides.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to
- Mass Scale Innovation Collaboration
- Crowdwork and Microtasking
- Virtual Teams
- Digital Innovation
- New ventures creation
- Digitizing of Innovation Processes
- Digital Change Management
- Artificial Intelligence
- New Business models
- Mobile technologies and Innovation
- Digital entrepreneurship
- Digital innovation management
- Technology ventures
- Digital transformation and organizational change
Ahuja, M. K., Galletta, D. F., & Carley, K. M. (2003). Individual centrality and performance in virtual R&D groups: An empirical study. Management science, 49(1), 21-38.
Autio, E., Nambisan, S., Thomas, L.D.W., and Wright, M. 2017. “Digital Affordances, Spatial Affordances, and the Genesis of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems”, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, p. forthcoming.
Burtch, G., Ghose, A., & Wattal, S. (2013). An empirical examination of the antecedents and consequences of contribution patterns in crowd-funded markets. Information Systems Research, 24(3), 499-519.
Ekbia, H.R. 2009. “Digital Artifacts as Quasi-Objects: Qualification, Mediation, and Materiality”, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (60:12), pp. 2554-2566.
Kallinikos, J., Aaltonen, A., and Marton, A. 2013. “The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts”, MIS Quarterly (37:2), pp. 357-370.
Majchrzak, A., & Malhotra, A. (2013). Towards an information systems perspective and research agenda on crowdsourcing for innovation. The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 22(4), 257-268.
Malhotra, A., & Van Alstyne, M. (2014). The dark side of the sharing economy… and how to lighten it. Communications of the ACM, 57(11), 24-27.
Overby, E.M. 2008. “Process Virtualization Theory and the Impact of Information Technology”, Organization Science (19:2), pp. 277-291.
von Briel, F., Davidsson, P., and Recker, J. 2018. “Digital Technologies as External Enablers of New Venture Creation in the IT Hardware Sector”, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming.
Yoo, Y., Henfridsson, O., and Lyytinen, K. 2010. “The New Organizing Logic of Digital Innovation: An Agenda for Information Systems Research”, Information Systems Research (21:4), pp. 724-735.
- Frederik von Briel, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
- Satish Nambisan, Case Western University, USA
- Nick Berente, University of Georgia, USA
- Elizabeth Davidson, University of Hawaii, USA
- Lisen Selander, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
- Ching Ren, University of Minnesota, USA
- Gordon Burtch, University of Minnesota, USA
- Sunil Wattal, Temple University, USA
- Molly Wasko, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
- Sam Ransbotham, Boston College, USA
- Kshiti Joshi, Washington State University, USA
- Young-Jin Yoo, Case Western University, USA
- Kathy Chudoba, Utah State University, USA
- Jason Thatcher, Clemson University, USA
- Dong-Gil Ko, University of Cincinnati, USA
- Mary-Beth Watson, Univeristy of Illinois, Chicago, USA
- Kai Lim, City University of Hong-Kong, Hong Kong
- Christy Cheung, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
- Ghiyoung Im, University of Louisville, USA
- Sandeep Goyal, University of Louisville, USA