ISF 2016 Workshop: Theorising Digital Innovation

15th-16th September, 2016

Keynote Address

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Prof. Dr. Roman Beck - IT University of Copenhagen

Blockchain and the Emergence of the Trust-free Economy

9:15am -  10:15am Thursday 15th September

ANU CBE Lecture Theatre 1 – Building 26C

Workshop Papers

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Attendees will receive hardcopies of all papers with their workshop proceedings from the workshop reception desk. Electronic PDF version is available for all attendees upon request.

Workshop Venue

The workshop will be held in the ANU College of Business & Economics at The Australian National University.

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The college is within the City West Precinct of Canberra City, which offers a wide range of tourist, dining, shopping, nightlife, accommodation and other opportunities. For those who are considering staying in Canberra after the workshop, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring "Floriade" kicks off on 17th September, along with a range of other events.

Registration & Accommodation

Attendees are invited to register via >> OneStop <<.

The early bird registration fee of $260 is available until 1st September 2016 (standard registration is $300 after that date). Students are entitled to a discount rate of $130. For those who only wish to attend sessions on the first day the fee is $100. The "dinner only" rate is $80 and the dinner is held on the 15th of September.

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Information Systems is still a relatively young field of study that, perhaps uniquely, deals with a juxtaposition of technology, in the form of computing and communication technology artefacts, and the humans and organizations that design, implement and use systems built with that technology. This characterization, combined with the fact that computing and communication technology continues to change and advance in functionality and potential at bewildering speed, makes the task of developing useful, robust and relevant theory in the information systems discipline a challenge of daunting proportions. It may, indeed, be argued that such theoretical foundations as exist in information systems are weak, diffuse and poorly integrated. Accordingly, the aim of the Information Systems Foundations workshops is to provide an opportunity for those with an interest in the foundations of their discipline to discuss, debate and hopefully contribute to improving those foundations.

The 2016 workshop

The 2016 workshop will be the eighth in a series, begun in 1999 by Kit Dampney at Macquarie University and continued biennially from 2002 at the ANU, focussing on the theoretical foundations of the discipline of information systems. Previous workshops have generally been regarded by the attendees as great successes since they have combined not only interesting and thought provoking papers that have, in a number of instances, gone on to be published in highly regarded journal outlets, but also stimulating discussions together with highly enjoyable social programmes to complement the more formal part of the gatherings. Proceedings of previous ANU workshops are still available (see the ANU E-Press website). We anticipate that the 2016 workshop in the Information Systems Foundations series will not only uphold the standard achieved in prior gatherings but also build on the strengths of previous meetings, resulting in an even better, more stimulating and rewarding experience for all involved.

High quality papers that have not been previously published and are not under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere are solicited for presentation at the 2016 Workshop. Submitted papers will undergo a double-blind review process, with at least two independent reviewers per paper. Accepted papers will be published in the Workshop Proceedings on the NCISR web site, with the authors’ permission, as an abstract or in full.

Selected papers will be considered for a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Information Systems by arrangement with the Editor-in-Chief, Dr John Lamp: Two papers from the 2014 Workshop are at:

Workshop theme

As with the previous Workshops, the focus of this Workshop is on the theoretical foundations of information systems. In particular, for this 2016 Information Systems Foundations Workshop we are looking for papers that focus on innovation with digital technologies, which are seen as radically changing the nature of innovation (see Yoo, Henfridsson and Lyytinen 2010; Yoo, Boland, Lyytinen and Majchrzak 2012).

Yoo, Y., Henfridsson, O. and Lyytinen, K. 2010.  The new organizing logic of digital innovation: An agenda for information systems research, Information Systems Research, 21, 4, 724-735.

Yoo, Y., Boland, R., Lyytinen, K. and Majchrzak, A. 2012. Organizing for innovation in the digital world, Organization Science, 23, 5, 1398-1408. 

Suggested topics

Suggested topics for the Workshop are (but are not intended to be limited to):

  • Theories of digital innovation, including that of generativity
  • Conceptualisation of digital innovation versus traditional innovation
  • Digital infrastructures as a category of IT artefact
  • Technologies driving digital innovation: e.g. social media, IoT, big data
  • The importance of digital technology platforms
  • Creation and management of corporate digital infrastructures
  • Digital experience
  • Designing generative platforms, platform-based ecosystems, markets
  • Participation and sharing, including crowdsourcing
  • The impact of IT innovations on work and workplace design
  • Organizational and individual appropriation of digital innovations
  • Digital innovation in the academic discipline of  IS: research, teaching and learning.

The main requirement for a paper to be acceptable for the Workshop is that it addresses clearly some theoretical body or bodies of knowledge in the information systems or a related domain. In addition, papers should indicate, where appropriate, the implications for practice of the theory or theories under consideration.

Papers that are carefully argued, stimulating and (especially) speculative and controversial, and that are likely to encourage lively discussion and debate are especially encouraged.

Keynote speaker

Professor Roman Beck (IT University of Copenhagen)

 Blockchain and the Emergence of the Trust-free Economy

Important dates

Paper submission date (full paper): 17 June 2016

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 22 July 2016

Final papers due: 27 August 2016

Early Bird Registration closes: 1st September 2016

Submission requirements

Papers are to be submitted electronically to:

Style requirements are specified in the provided template. Submitted papers must use and adhere to this paper template.

Template -> ISF 2016 Workshop submission template

Other details

Submission of a paper implies that, if it is accepted, at least one author will register for the workshop and present the paper at the workshop.

Papers accepted for presentation will be published in the Workshop Proceedings. Copyright arrangements will be similar to those of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems. That is, the authors assign to the Workshop organizers a non-exclusive license to use the paper in full in the Proceedings and on the Workshop web site. For further queries, email or

Call for papers

Submission template

Program chairs

John Campbell
Australian National University

Shirley Gregor
Australian National University

Erwin Fielt
Queensland University of Technology

Organising chair

Alex Richardson
Australian National University

Program committee

Roman Beck IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Andrew Burton-Jones University of Queensland
Jacob Cybulski Deakin University
Walter Fernandez  University of New South Wales
Albrecht Fritzsche University of Erlangen-Neuremberg, Germany
Guy Gable Queensland University of Technology
Sigi Goode Australian National University
Peter Green Queensland University of Technology
Armin Haller

Australian National University

Al Hevner University of South Florida, USA
Dirk Hovorka University of Sydney
Ahmed Imran University of New South Wales (ADFA)
Aleck Lin  National Dong-Hwa University, Taiwan
Nigel Martin  Australian National University
Benjamin Mueller University of Groningen, Netherlands
Craig McDonald University of Canberra
Alexander Maedche Karlshruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Kai Riemer University of Sydney
Graeme Shanks

University of Melbourne

Mary Tate

University of Wellington, New Zealand

Marta Undulska

University of Queensland

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