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9. Economics of Information Systems


Track Chairs:


Ioanna D. Constantiou, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Chrysanthos Dellarocas, University of Maryland, USA, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Track Description:


The current information revolution is fundamentally transforming the business landscape, our lifestyles and the fabric of society. Economics continues to have a prominent role in investigating and analysing the associated phenomena, both at the micro and macro levels. The objective of this track is to bring together the global community of researchers who are active in the area of economics of IS. The track invites exploratory research that uses economic theories to predict future IT developments as well as explanatory research that uses economic theories to interpret phenomena in the IS field.


Theoretical, empirical, experimental and policy-oriented contributions are welcome. This year's economics of IS track particularly wishes to encourage contributions that use economic methodologies to explore consumer behaviour related to social technologies such as wikis, blogs, recommendation systems, etc.


Suggested topics:


- Information economics and the value of IT
- IT and implications for firm boundaries and the structure of industries
- Supply and demand in IT and telecommunications markets
- Economic models of the impact of IT on organisations and markets
- Technology adoption and diffusion from an economic perspective
- The economics of the Internet and electronic commerce, including issues of pricing and channel conflict
- Contracting and agency-theoretic issues in IT management
- Ownership and governance of IT and the implications for outsourcing and off-shoring
- The role of IT in changing the basis of competition, including the importance of economies of scale, first-mover/incumbency roles, complexity, product portfolios, brands, etc.
- Productivity and software/data quality assessment of information systems development and maintenance methods
- Social network analyses and economic implications
- Macroeconomic effects
- Network effects in products and industries
- Implications of IT for differentiation and competitive outcomes
- Economic Models of Organisational Behaviour in IT markets


Associate Editors:


- Egon Berghout, University of Groningen
- Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University
- Philip Powell, University of Bath
- Arun Sundararajan , New York University - Bruce W. Weber, London Business School