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1. Information Systems Development


Track Chairs:


Pär J. Ågerfalk, Uppsala University, Sweden ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Matti Rossi, Helsinki School of Economics, Finland ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Track Description:


Information systems development (ISD) is arguably at the core of the information systems discipline. However, despite 50 years or more of ISD experience, the perception of the so-called “software crisis” still persists, with a steady stream of unfinished projects, resource problems, erroneous systems and systems poorly aligned with businesses and user requirements. Research in the field is largely fragmented and often practice seems to be ahead of research. Conversely, where research is indeed ahead, industrial uptake of research results is often rather limited. As a consequence, there is an urgent need for a sustainable understanding and integrative theory based on extensive, empirical field research. ISD is a dynamic practice conducted in an increasingly turbulent and complex environment. It includes activities such as analysis, design, programming and maintenance, and deals with project management and methods and tools for the development and organisational/societal implementation and utilisation of information technology. New issues, such as offshoring, open source and revitalised end-user development through Google APIs etc. provide exciting new challenges for ISD research and practice.


Suggested topics:


Studies of ISD practice
ISD as a social practice
ISD as a design practice
ISD as a methodical practice
ISD as an agile practice
ISD as a communicative practice
ISD as an amethodical, emergent and improvised practice
ISD as an economic practice
ISD as a global and distributed practice
ISD as an outsourced practice
ISD as an offshored practice
ISD as a communal and open practice
ISD as a component-based practice
ISD for bespoke solutions
ISD for standardised solutions
ISD for web services


Associate Editors:


- Hala P. Annabi, University of Washington

- Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University

- Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University

- Owen Eriksson, Dalarna University

- Ola Henfridsson, Viktoria Institute

- Helena Holmström Olsson, IT University of Gothenburg and Lero

- John Krogstie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

- Gondy Leroy, Claremont Graduate University

- Björn Lundell, University of Skövde

- Pentti Marttiin, NSN, Finland

- Mari Matinlassi, VTT, Finland

- Bjørn Erik Munkvold, University of Agder

- Päivi Ovaska, Lappeenranta Polytechnic, Finland

- Tero Paivarinta, University of Agder

- Jolita Ralyté, University of Geneva

- Steve Sawyer, Penn State University

- Tuure Tuunanen, University of Auckland

- Richard Vidgen, Univeristy of Bath

- Hans Weigand, Tilburg University