SIRIUS researchers organising track at 25th European Conference on Information Systems

SIRIUS researchers Thomas Østerlie and Elena Parmiggiani are co-organising a session together with Rickard Lindgren (University of Gothenburg) at the 25th European Conference on Information Systems, June 5-10, 2017 in Guimarães, Portugal.

The track is called “The Internet of Things in Organisational Life” and the submission deadline for papers is December 3, 2016.

The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is a powerful organizing vision in current technological discourse. It envisions a near future with proliferation of interconnected devices generating and processing data in vast, distributed networks. The new digital services built around the ‘big’ data these devices generate are expected to reshape our daily lives, ways we work as well as organizational structures.

Despite the potential transformative power of IoT, research still remains predominantly technology- focused. Recent IS research, however, highlights the transformative force of digital platforms of heterogeneous devices for organizations through the emergence of new architectures, which co- evolve with social and organizational dimensions as well as shape knowledge in practice. While these contributions indicate that transformations will take place, how organizational life will actually transform with IoT remains an open question worth further investigation.

We invite to a broader exploration of IoT in organizational life, encouraging diverse contributions that explore aspects and topics related to this theme from different theoretical and methodological approaches (e.g. design science, critical studies, field studies).

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and methodological challenges of studying IoT ecosystems
  • Implications of IoT for change in work and organizing
  • Potentiality of big data analytics and business intelligence for IoT enabled change in work andorganizing
  • Building and searching for knowledge through IoT in distributed contexts
  • Modes of knowing in IoT and epistemology of sensor data
  • Trusting sensor-based information
  • Digital service innovation around and as part of networks of devices generating and exchanging data
  • IoT-driven business model innovation
  • IoT and smart contracts
  • The contribution of IoT towards environmental sustainability and Green IS
  • Relation between digital, material, and social aspects in IoT ecosystems
  • Stakeholder inclusion and participation enabled by IoT
  • Surveillance issues of IoT and concerns over privacy, data ownership, and rights of use
  • Legal and political ramifications of IoT


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