WG 8.6 Conference Call for Papers

CFP for IFIP WG 8.6 Working Conference - Portsmouth

25th June 2018


Conference Theme: Smart working, living and organising

Location: University of Portsmouth, 25th June 2018

The adoption and diffusion of information technology has passed through decades of developments and major shifts. It has progressed from developing and adopting single isolated systems to large integrated systems to cloud computing. It has taken major shifts and turns with the adoption of mobile technology, web-based services, wearables and Internet of Things. In the IFIP 8.6 tradition, this working conference focuses on the new developments in the adoption and diffusion of technology, systems and the resulting information that is produced and used for different purposes.

The aim of this conference is to progress our understanding of the plethora of new technologies that are being adopted everyday by individuals, organisations, sectors and society in order to better understand the human aspects of living and organising with these technologies. In particular, we call for research from different contexts and walks of life to understand the adoption and organising principles, the impact, the opportunities and the challenges of working and living in the context of these emerging intelligent devices, algorithms, analytics and other smart technologies. We particularly welcome research that questions how emerging technologies are adopted and appropriated in everyday life and work, and on the impact they are exerting. Who is becoming smart, how they are becoming smart and what are they becoming smart about? Who are the “winners and losers” and what role does technology play? How are emerging technologies adopted and appropriated in everyday life and what impact are they exerting?

The conference also aims to broaden the theoretical base of adoption and diffusion of technology in light of these new technologies and new challenges. Hence, while we welcome papers that focus on traditional diffusion of innovation theories, we strongly encourage critical thinking and development and utilisation of new, non-traditional and context specific conceptual lenses and viewpoints.

We welcome papers that focus on technology at home, in the workplace and as it applies to the delivery of public services. We hope to move forward in our understanding of different types of adoption contexts which include organisations, sectors and society. Some types of organisations and sectors have traditionally been less represented in our research and we would encourage scholarly work in these areas. For example, not-for-profit and voluntary sector organisations, building and construction, automotive, transportation and infrastructure as well as the energy sectors are all industries where the adoption of technology has had critical impact. We also encourage and welcome papers on general topics related to technology implementation, adoption and transfer.

Topics of submission may include but are not limited to:

  • Appropriation of emerging technologies including smart and mobile devices, wearables, cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning and drones.
  • Adoption of emerging technologies in different organisations and sectors (such as government, banks, criminal justice, healthcare), homes, transportation systems.
  • Diffusion, transfer, and implementation of both mature and immature smart information technologies and systems in organizations and among organizations, sectors, and countries.
  • Transfer of technology to be incorporated in systems for customers and clients and in different developing and developed countries.
  • Development of frameworks, models, and terminology for information technology transfer and diffusion in different contexts and different types of technology.
  • Adoption and diffusion of technology in the emergency management, political and criminal justice sectors.
  • Identification of risk factors and barriers to success in emerging technology adoption and strategies for addressing them.
  • Conditions or scenarios under which specific transfer and diffusion techniques are applicable.
  • Methods to evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and value of technology transfer programs and approaches, including time and effort estimators and metrics.
  • Organization design and process issues related to technology transfer and diffusion.
  • Case studies of technology transfer and diffusion to provide instances to guide research, development, and practice.
  • Standards and intellectual property issues that inhibit or facilitate information technology transfer.
  • Ethics in the adoption of Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, wearables and mobile technology.

Important dates:

Paper Type  Submission date  Reviews/decision  Final camera-ready 
Full paper  30th March  22nd April  13th May 
Short paper  30th March  22nd April  13th May 
Paper development  25th April  10th May  Not included in proceedings 
Industrial Report  25th April  10th May  Not included in proceedings 

Paper Submission**:

Papers should be submitted to: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tdit2018 following one of the following types.

There are four types of submission:

Full paper: must not exceed twelve (12) single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Short paper: must not exceed seven (7) single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

Paper development: must not exceed five (5) single-spaced pages. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. Submission for Paper Development will be presented at the conference, considered for the special issue of Information Systems Frontier and not included in the proceedings.

Industry report and illustrations: must not exceed seven (7) single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.

**All submissions must be in PDF. Type of submission should be clearly marked on the paper.

** All submissions will be double-blind reviewed.


  • Best papers will be fast tracked for review in a special issue of Information Systems Frontiers. http://organ-assoc.business.utsa.edu/isfrontiers/forthcoming.html
  • Proceeding of the conference’s Full Accepted Papers and a selection of the short accepted papers will be published in a book by Springer’s IFIP AICT series in IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology www.springer.com/series/6102 . In parallel to the printed book, full-text electronic form will be published in Springer’s digital library SpringerLink. The consent-to-publish form for Full Accepted Papers can be found at https://goo.gl/oiMNAm.

General Chairs: Yogesh Dwivedi, Deborah Bunker, David Wastell

Program Chairs: Amany Elbanna, Eleanor Wynn

Organizing Chair: Peter Bednar

Programme Committee Members:

Carl Adams, University of Portmouth, UK

Jonathan P. Allen, University of San Francisco, USA

Ali Alalwan, Al Balca University, Jordan

Steven Alter, University of San Francisco, USA

Abdullah Baabdullah, King AbdulAziz University, Saudi Arabia

Richard Baskerville, Georgia State University, USA

Peter Bednar, University of Portmouth, UK

Deborah Bunker, University of Sydney, Australia

Donna Champion, Cranfield University, UK

Kieran Conboy, University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Jan Damsgaard, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Andreas Eckhardt, GGS, Germany

Amany Elbanna, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick, Ireland

Helle Z. Henriksen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Ilavarasan, V.P., IIT Delhi, India

Anand Jeyaraj, Wright State University, USA

Karlheinz Kautz, RMIT University, Australia

Arpan Kar, A., IIT Delhi, India

Banita Lal, Nottingham Trent University

Henrik Lineroth, University of Jonkoping, Sweden

Sven Laumer, University of Bamberg, Germany

Jacob Norbjerg, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Jan Pries-Heje, Roskilde University, Denmark

Ravishankar Mayasandra-Nagaraja, Loughborough University, UK

Andrea Resca, LUISS, Italy

Sujeet Sharma, S., Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Emma Slade, University of Bristol, UK

Ulrika Lundh Snis, University West, Sweden

Veeresh Thummadi, Lero, Ireland

Richard Vidgen, UNSW, Australia

David Wastell, University of Nottingham, UK

Eleanor Wynn, Intel, USA