25th UK Academy for Information Systems International Conference

31st March – 1st April 2020, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford

We are celebrating 25 years of the UKAIS conference in 2020 and suggest that it is a time for reflection and to explore how the discipline of Information Systems has evolved over this period. In 1995, Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system was launched, the DVD format was introduced, Java 1.0 was introduced by Sun Microsystems and do you remember IBM’s legendary laptop ThinkPad? What is surprising is that Amazon officially opened in 1995.

For IS academics, educators and practitioners it can be argued that technologies have changed but have organisations and society really changed? It would be a challenge to put a date on the commentary below made by a CIO from the finance sector:

“I began to look at how technology was linked to our overall corporate strategy. I tried to assess how new applications impacted the enterprise; my intuition was that we were investing a lot but not getting the desired productivity. As I began to focus on what we were doing, it was clear that, generally, we did not change the processes that were being automated. Rather, we took sophisticated applications and layered them onto an old organization… Further, I recognized that in all of our years of focus on the technology, it was as if we had been looking through the wrong end of the telescope. Information Systems personnel needed to focus on processes, not technology”

Would it surprise you that this was the early 1980s (Davenport and Stoddard 1994)?

In 2020 we want to celebrate the UKAIS conference and acknowledge all those individuals that have co-created, co-produced and collaborated over the years to provide a place for sharing, learning and having fun!

The UKAIS conference is the premier academic event in the Information Systems calendar within the UK and attracts leading scholars from the UK and overseas. UKAIS is a charity, whose aims are to enhance the recognition and knowledge of IS within the UK, and to provide a forum for discussing issues in IS teaching and research. UKAIS recognises the importance of including practitioners in its work.

Our keynote speakers this year will be Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Director of LERO, University of Limerick, Ireland. Brian is President Elect of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Marina Jirotka is Professor of Human Centred Computing, University of Oxford.

Submission Details:

We invite full papers, developmental papers and posters.

  • Full papers of 5000-7000 words should document established results and will be presented according to the highest academic standards. Allocation of a 20-minute presentation time, followed by a Q&A. Each paper will be uploaded to the AIS eLibrary. Please format your paper via the template.
  • Developmental papers of 1500-2000 words should document research in progress and will be presented according to the highest academic standards. Allocation of a 20-minute presentation time, followed by a Q&A. Please format your paper via the template.
  • Posters, new for this year, should have a 500-word accompanying text and be of the highest academic standards. A Poster Slam session will be arranged for the presentation of the posters. Please format your poster via the template.

We would like to highlight that UKAIS actively encourages submissions from early career researchers. The purpose of the developmental and poster categories is to enable researchers to discuss their work whilst it is in an early stage, so comments and feedback obtained at the event can be incorporated in the final stages of research and writing up.

Illustrative topics can include:

  •         Artificial Intelligence systems
  •         Bridging the Digital Divide: emancipatory IS
  •         Business Intelligence and Decision Support
  •         Business Process Management
  •         eBusiness and Competitive Strategy
  •         Economics and the Value of IS
  •         eGovernment Solutions to the Citizen
  •         Enterprise Systems
  •         European and Cultural Issues in IS
  •         Healthcare Information Systems
  •         Human-Computer Interaction
  •         Inter-Organizational Systems
  •         Innovative Applications of IS in Teaching
  •         IS Diversity and Diversity in IS
  •         IS Artefacts and IS Artefact Design
  •         IS Innovation, Adoption and Diffusion
  •         IS Governance and Sourcing
  •         Research Methods and Philosophy
  •         Project Management and IS Development
  •         Social Media
  •         Service Engineering and Service Management
  •         Ubiquitous and Mobile Information Systems
  •         Technologies to Promote a Healthy and Secure Society

All papers should be formatted using the UKAIS 2020 conference template which is available here.

All papers should be submitted through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ukais2020.

The paper title and authors’ names and contact details should appear on a cover sheet as should a clear indication of the topic areas for which the presenter is aiming. To facilitate the blind refereeing process, the body of the paper should be presented anonymously, with the title at the head of each page. Each paper will receive a double peer review.

All accepted papers will appear in the published proceedings of the conference which will be ISBN registered. All accepted full-papers will be available internationally through publication in the official AIS electronic library. The UKAIS affiliation with AIS offers our authors a global reach to their work, as all papers are part of the AIS eLibrary: https://aisel.aisnet.org/ukais/.

Important Dates:

Midnight Friday 17 January 2020 - Extended submissions deadline
Monday 31 January 2020 - Notification of acceptance/rejection
Monday 24 February 2020 - Deadline for early bird registration
Monday 30 March 2020 Doctoral Consortium
Tuesday 31 March – Wednesday 1 April 2020 - Conference

Conference Chairs:
Dr Marie Griffiths and Professor Rachel McLean

Conference Administrator: Abigail Hopkins and Emma Pearson (UKAIS2020@gmail.com)

Conference Organising Committee:

Laurence Brooks (De Montfort University)
Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick)
Robert Campbell (university of Bolton)
Crispin Coombs (Loughborough University)
Guy Fitzgerald (Loughborough University)
Oliver Kayas (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Maria Kutar (University of Salford)
Diana Limburg (Oxford Brooks University)
Jessica Muirhead (Glynd┼Ár University)
Yun Chun Pan (University West London)
Savvas Papagiannidis, (Newcastle University)
Gelareh Roushan (Bournemouth University)
Mareike Schoop (University of Hohenheim)
Julian Sims (Birbeck, University of London)
Dimitra Skoumpopoulou (Northumbria University)
David Wainwright (retired - Northumbria University)

If you have any queries regarding the conference please email: UKAIS2020@gmail.com.

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