18 February 2012

Call for Papers: Personal Beliefs and IT/IS Development

A special issue of International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management

No doubt, large IT/ISs such as supply chain systems have been a proven operations strategy to improve business effectiveness, particularly in developed economies. Many researchers have illustrated the impact of supply chain strategy on organisational performance with examples of actual input-output data.

For businesses in developing countries, however, the scenario is not so rosy. The spread of supply chain and its effectiveness in operations has at best been moderate. Technologies such as ERP and RFID play a major role in supply chain integration and management. It could be that personal belief factors such as religious values, democratic values, attitudes towards science, attitudes towards competition, etc. play a significant role in technology adoption in developing countries. And this aspect of people’s belief and perception influences the development and implementation of supply chain systems or other large IT/ISs in organisations.

As decision makers in charge of IT/IS implementation (and workers) are motivated and guided by their personal beliefs, it is most likely that business managers will behave differently in developing and developed countries. This special issue aims to contrast behavioural aspects among IT/IS specialists and users in developed and developing countries.

We encourage submission of high-quality papers addressing issues involving people’s beliefs and IT/IS development and implementation at organisational, national and international levels.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Attitudes towards technology development; societal issues
  • Impacts of personal beliefs on IT use in organisational context
  • Empirical analysis of ERP, SCM or large IT system implementation focusing on people issues
  • Policy guidelines in incorporating religious values, democratic values, attitudes towards science, attitudes towards competition, etc. into technology-related decision making
  • International comparisons of religious beliefs towards technologies
  • Emerging issues in IT/IS development with particular emphasis to cross-cultural issues
Important Dates
Full paper deadline: 15 June 2012
Notification of acceptance and review results: 20 July 2012
Revised submission deadline: 20 August 2012
Notification of acceptance: 10 September 2012
Camera-ready version deadline: 1 October 2012

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