Call for Paper: AMCIS Mini-track – Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR ’13)

Call For Papers:
AMCIS Mini-track: Social Theory in Information Systems Research (STIR ’13)

19th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS): Hyperconnected World: Anything Anywhere Anytime
Chicago, IL, August 15-17, 2013

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This Mini Track solicits papers that make use of social theory in information systems research that draws upon such approaches as sociotechnical theory, critical theory, social informatics, organizational theory, cultural anthropology, sociology and others. We are interested in understanding and supporting the evolution of social theory, socio-technical theory, and social informatics in information systems research. We want to highlight research that uses these approaches to critically examine the constitution of information and communications technologies, and their roles in organizations and society, the most important questions about IS, organizations, and society. We particularly invite IS research that applies, builds on, compares, or critiques these social theories.

We are interested in high quality empirical and conceptual work that uses social theory to study and theorize about application domains including large-scale social and organizational phenomena. We seek to attract research papers and research-in-progress papers from all IS researchers who are using the work of social theorists, organizational theorists, sociotechnical theorists, and cultural anthropologists, symbolic interactionists, and many others. We are particularly interested in research that makes use of social theory 1) to address issues of designing the digital future, 2) to answer questions about how we are interacting with ICTs in our work and social lives, and 3) to critically examine the constitution of ICTs, and their roles in the design, maintenance and dissolution of virtual communities.

This will be the 13th consecutive year for the Mini Track at AMCIS, and we hope to continue a tradition of high quality paper submissions, thought-provoking presentations and lively discussion for all IS researchers using, or considering the use of, social theory in their work.


We are interested in high quality empirical and conceptual work that uses social theory to study and understand

– The implications of social networks for organizations and social groups
– The significance of cyberinfrastructure for commerce, governing and research and development
– The relationships between ICTs and people as they participate in online communities and virtual teams
– Online communities of practice, their processes and outcomes
– The dynamics of crowdsourcing online
– Hacktivism and the use of technology to mobilize resources and advance ideology
– Unintended consequences of technology implementation and use in organizations and in social life
– Scientific collaboration and scholarly communication as enabled and constrained by ICTs
– The impacts of social computing on our social and work lives

Submission Process:

Full paper submissions must be made electronically through the AMCIS on-line submission system. Papers can be submitted beginning on January 4, 2013. The link will be available at:

Submissions will close on February 22, 2013 at 11:59 CST.

Instructions for authors and more information is available at:

Important Dates:


January 4, 2013: Manuscript submissions for AMCIS 2013 begin
February 22, 2013: Paper submission deadline 11:59PM EST
April 22, 2013: Paper acceptance notice
May 9, 2013: Camera-ready copy of accepted papers due

Minitrack chairs:

Howard Rosenbaum, School of Library and Information Science Indiana  University

Pnina Fichman, School of Library and Information Science Indiana  University