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Salovaara Antti <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:12:58 +0000
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Dear HCI/CSCW colleagues,

I'm co-organizing a workshop at ECIS (European Conference of Information
Systems) about *IT appropriation in workplace settings*. ECIS is one of
the top conferences in the IS field. The conference takes place in
Münster, Germany. The workshop day is 26 May, 2015.

Participation in the workshop will probably be an exciting experience for
HCI people interested in workplace studies, CSCW or information systems.

It would be great to have many of you in the workshop sharing your
findings, observations and viewpoints about topic that is mutually
relevant to both HCI and IS research.

Deadline for papers (2-10 pages, excl. cover page and references) is March
15. You can find more information from below.

Best wishes, yours,

Antti Salovaara
Aalto University

Beyond amount of use:
Concepts and constructs for heterogeneous and creative uses of IS

A full-day workshop at ECIS 2015 (
Münster, Germany, 26 May 2015

============== Important dates =================

- 15 March 2015: Submission deadline for workshop papers
- 5 April 2015: Notifications of acceptance
- 26 May 2015: The workshop

============== Workshop topics =================

Increasing evidence shows that *information systems (IS) use is
heterogeneous*: IS are used in various and unexpected ways, their uses
undergo changes over time, and consist of multiple qualitatively different
uses that are context-dependent.

Despite the findings on heterogeneous use, the mainstream IS research
treats "IT use" as one thing, and often continues to operationalise IS use
as a frequency or an amount of use. Heterogeneous IS use presents several
interesting challenges for IS research, such as:

1. What are the limitations and boundary conditions of the existing
mainstream IS use models in the light of heterogeneous use patterns across
2. How should heterogeneous use be integrated into the existing models and
3. What are the suitable concepts and theories to study unexpected and
hard-to-predict patterns of IS use? For example, how can theoretical
lenses such as affordances or structuration help explain unexpectedness,
heterogeneity, or creativity in IS use behaviors?
4. Should the use construct be conceptualized at less general levels of
abstraction to better reflect technologies' multi-purpose nature?
5. What are the elements of IS that enable and increase richness and
practical importance of IS use?

============== Workshop goal ===================

The goal of this full-day workshop is to bring together IS researchers to
discuss the above-listed and related challenges and develop fruitful
directions for future research.

In the morning we will focus on participants' presentations in 2 to 3
sessions where similar papers have been grouped together. The afternoon is
reserved for IS research agenda development in small groups. Based on the
profiles and submissions by the participants, we will be working in 2­3
groups, with a task of analysing the impact of heterogeneous and creative
IS use on our field's theories, and developing necessary future research
activities. We are also considering inviting a keynote speaker for the
workshop, from a neighbouring research community that is relevant but
distinct from IS (e.g., human-­computer interaction or computer­-supported
cooperative work).

=============== Submission handling ============

We hope to have 6 to 8 papers in the workshop, but are able to include up
to 10 papers in the program if the workshop proves popular.

Submit the paper (unanonymized, 2-10 pages excluding cover page and
references) by email to [log in to unmask] Detailed instructions are
available in the workshop website.

If you have any questions, please send email to the address above.

=============== Organizers =====================

Antti Salovaara, PhD, Aalto University, School of Business
Jani Merikivi, PhD, Aalto University, School of Business
Gregory Baker, PhD, HITLab NZ
Stefan Seidel, Prof, University of Liechtenstein, Institute of Information
Anssi Öörni, Prof, University of Oulu, Department of Information
Processing Science

The workshop also has the following program committee:

Prof. Andrew Burton-Jones (UQ Business School)
Prof. Kalle Lyytinen (Case Western Reserve University)
Dr. Mary Tate (Victoria University of Wellington)
Prof. Se-Joon Hong (Korea University)
Prof. Frank Chan (ESSEC Business School)
Prof. Kar Yan Tam (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

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