ALOIS*2005 Suggested Topics

As for the previous two conferences in the series, the area of this conference is rather broad. Unifying is an interest in the action concept as a primary tool for interpretation, description and explanation. The list below, which presents broad sub-topics, should not be seen as exhaustive. We emphasise contributions concerning the interplay between information systems and organisational issues. The name of the conference also includes ‘language’. This is because of the decisive role language has for information systems and interaction in organisations.
Non-exhaustive list of possible topics:
* The social interaction of business processes
* Action and communication in organisational coordination and collaboration
* Negotiation and exchange processes of electronic commerce
* Pragmatics of knowledge management
* Management and strategy of organisational change
* Action-oriented theorisation of IT artefacts
* Workpractice languages and IS development
* The social action and interaction of IS design
* User-designer interaction in IS development
* Learning in IS development
* Socio-technical action vs. sociotechnical action
* The practices of requirements engineering
* IS usage as language games
* IS usage, organisational actions and effects
* Pragmatic evaluation of information systems
* Practice epistemologies
* IS, action and innovation
* Research strategies and methods for pragmatic studies
* Action research methods and action-oriented research frameworks
* Comparison between different action-theoretic positions

This year we particularly encourage submissions within two thematic areas: ‘Action in Methods and Methods-in-Action’ and ‘Embodied IT-Mediated Action’. Topics within these areas include but are not limited to:
Action in Methods and Methods-in-Action:
* Method adaptation and configuration
* Action-oriented ontologies for conceptual modelling
* The language and action of IS methods
* Method rationale
* IS development methods as action knowledge
* Rationality resonance in ISD
* Action theoretic concepts for meta-modelling
* Use and non-use of methods in practice
* Adaptive systems development
* Communication and coordination in distributed software development
* Action modelling in ISD contexts

Embodied IT-Mediated Action:
* IS and action in context
* Contextually aware systems
* IS agency in organisations
* Embodied interaction
* User interfaces as languages for action
* Actability, usability and accessibility
* Accountability in information systems
* New forms of action and interaction spaces
* Comparison and synthesis of different action-theoretic approachesConference Format

For the purpose of cumulative growth, we encourage authors to try and relate their submissions to one or more of previous years’ papers. Please have a look at the proceedings of ALOIS 2003 and ALOIS 2004.

ALOIS*2005 will be organised for participant interaction. All accepted papers will be given at least 30 minutes each for presentation and discussion. Some papers of special interest may be selected as target papers. These papers will get appointed discussants who will write and present commentary papers.

A selection of revised best papers will be fast-tracked to a forthcoming special issue of European Journal of Information Systems dedicated to Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems (guest eds. Ågerfalk PJ, Bannon L, Fitzgerald B and Goldkuhl G).


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