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"Dr. Paul Benjamin Lowry" <[log in to unmask]>
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40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-40) minitrack


Cultural Issues in Collaboration Technology




Minitrack leaders: 

*Dongsong Zhang, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, [log in to unmask]

Doug Vogel, City University of Hong Kong, [log in to unmask]

Paul Benjamin Lowry, Brigham Young University, [log in to unmask]


To appear in the

Collaboration Systems and Technology Track 

co-chaired by Bob Briggs and Jay F. Nunamaker 


*primary contact


See the HICSS website for more information:


HICSS is a highly regarded, international IEEE conference that is in its
40th year; its proceedings are highly cited in leading computing and
information systems conferences and journals;

All HICSS papers are included in the Computer Society's Digital Library and
indexed by the Computer Society and the IEEE.


Submission deadline: June 15, 2006

Conference dates: January 3-6, 2007

Conference location: Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, 

Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii





Extensive research on collaboration technology (including computer mediated
communication (CMC), group support systems (GSS), and groupware) has shown
that their use can benefit both face-to-face (FtF) and distributed teams.
With increasing globalization, competition, outsourcing, and offshoring in
the world economy, teams within organizations more frequently include
individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds, creating a pressing need to
better understand how the interplay of culture and collaboration technology
can influence group outcomes in implementing or adopting the technology
appropriately. However, a limitation of most research on collaboration is
that it tends to focus on U.S. and Western cultures, leaving the issue of
other cultures largely neglected. Some earlier studies have demonstrated
that culture can have significant influence on behavior of individual group
members and group outcomes. This mini-track will mainly focus on the impact
of culture on the design, development, use, and adoption of collaboration
technology. This minitrack will attempt to share knowledge on cultural
effects on team collaboration and technology use from theoretical,
technical, empirical, and practitioner perspectives, and promote further
research in this important area.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Development of new cultural theories for collaboration technology

* Cross-cultural effect on group decision making

* Cultural issues in virtual teams and online communities

* The adoption of collaboration technology in non-Western cultures

* Cross-cultural issues associated with the management of distributed groups
and/or projects

* Cultural effects on e-Collaboration

* Cultural competency integrated in computer-assisted collaborative learning

* International collaboration

* The effect of offshoring on distributed group work

* Participating in offshoring projects with GSS and collaborative technology

* Issues in homogeneous, heterogeneous, and diverse teams




* Dr. Dongsong Zhang, Ph.D.

Department of Information Systems

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21228

Phone: 410-455-2851 

Fax: 410-455-1073

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Dr. Doug Vogel, Ph.D.

Professor (Chair) of Information Systems

City University of Hong Kong 

Department of Information Systems 

83 Tat Chee Avenue

Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Dr. Paul Benjamin Lowry, Ph.D.

Rollins Faculty Fellow

Information Systems Department

Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for e-Business

Marriott School

Brigham Young University

573 TNRB

Provo, UT 84602 USA

Phone: (801) 422-1215

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* Primary contact




Now until June 1, 2006: Send optional abstracts for guidance to Dr. Lowry at
[log in to unmask] (only if would like advance advice)


June 15, 2006: Last day for authors to submit full manuscripts to the peer
review system on HICSS website. See


July 16-August 14, 2006: Peer-review process (authors may be asked to review
other papers).


August 15, 2006: Authors receive decisions regarding paper acceptances.
Note: Acceptance may be conditional; revisions may be requested before final
acceptance of paper.


August 16-September 14, 2006: Conditionally accepted and accepted authors
revise and resubmit their papers.


September 15, 2006: All Authors submit the final version of their accepted
papers for publication. At least one author of each paper must register to
attend the conference by this date. Early Registration fee applies.


September 16-December 15, 2006: General Registration fee applies until
December 15.


October 15, 2006: Cancellation penalties apply after this date. After
cancellation of registration, papers will not be included in the


December 1, 2006: Hotel rates are not guaranteed after this date.


December 15, 2006: On site registration fee applies after this date (late
registration). No refunds after this date. 




If you desire advance guidance on your topic, please submit abstracts
directly to Dr. Lowry. However, DO NOT email full submissions to Dr.
Lowry-these are to be submitted through the HICSS peer-review system no
later than June 15, 2006. All submissions are in IEEE format, according to
the specifications given on the HICSS website.



Dr. Paul Benjamin Lowry, Ph.D.


Rollins Faculty Fellow

Information Systems Department

Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for e-Business

Marriott School

Brigham Young University

573 Tanner Building

Provo, UT 84602

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