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[Call for Papers] JSIS Call for Papers – Strategic and policy perspectives on social media

October 23rd, 2013 by

JSIS Call for Papers – Strategic and policy perspectives on social media technologies

Special Issue

The Journal of Strategic Information Systems

Guest Editors

Sirkka Jarvenpaa, The University of Texas at Austin

Sandy Staples, Queen’s University

Robin Teigland, Stockholm School of Economics

The widespread diffusion and proliferation of social media technologies and tools present organizations of all sizes and shapes with numerous strategic and policy-oriented opportunities and challenges.  Moreover, such technologies and tools have fundamentally transformed how various external and internal stakeholder relationships are influenced and managed, how brand loyalty is built, how talent is attracted and employment commitment is built, how innovations (products, services, business models, processes) are created and appropriated, how knowledge is created and shared both within and across organizational boundaries, how funding is raised, how control is exercised, how policies are developed and diffused, and how laws are interpreted. This special issue invites papers that build our understanding of these phenomena.

We welcome papers from a wide range of disciplines as well as papers based on either quantitative or qualitative approaches. Implications of findings for theory and practice are essential and we encourage papers that extend existing theories.

Questions addressed by papers suitable for the special issue could include the following:

  • How can our theories better account for the strategic use of social media? What are the implications of such use to the theories of the firm?
  • How have social media shaped policy and strategy making in organizations and societies? What are the implications of such use to theories of organizations? Of institutions?
  • How are social media leveraged for innovation, including frugal innovation?
  • What role does national cultural play in the strategic and policy perspectives of social media?
  • What are the challenges and risks that firms and other organizations face in achieving strategic value from social media? How can these be overcome?
  • How do organizations build dynamic capabilities with social media?
  • How do social media shape legal and policy frontiers?

To be considered for publication, papers must be submitted electronically by November 30, 2013. In line with JSIS convention, selected manuscripts will be sent out for blind review. Authors are instructed to follow the Guide for Authors and submission guidelines for the journal at the journal’s website,‐ choosing “Special Issue: The strategic and policy perspectives on social media technologies” as the paper type in the online submission system.

Further enquiries about the special issue can be directed to Sirkka Jarvenpaa (, Sandy Staples (, or Robin Teigland (