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Track 13: IS Economics

Track Chairs

Christof Weinhardt, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany,
Wim Van Grembergen, University of Antwerp, Belgium,
Jörn Altmann, Seoul National University, South-Korea,


A major part of our current economy is already based on the value creation through information creation, information exchange, and the possibility of IS to process large amounts of information. This results in product customization, consumer-produced content, marketing through social networks, or IS support for dynamic business processes. However, the details on how value networks and business models, dealing with information goods, will play out in the long run still have to be investigated. There is little understanding on how information technology should link stakeholders in such a way that they cannot only reduce cost but also create new value through their interconnection. The economics of IS considers the specifics of information goods such as its special cost structure of production, its cost for distribution of information, its composition requirements, the requirements of systems that enable information goods, and its impact on existing industries, economies, and societies.

The common element across all papers is that they are expected to make an original contribution to the theory or practice of creating, adopting or using information technology. This may come from examining new phenomena, applying a new theoretical perspective, or by gathering new data. Authors should focus on articulating their unique contribution, linking it both to the body of their study and contrasting it to the characterization from prior research.

Topics of interest

•    Economics of information and communication goods
•    Bundling of information goods
•    Policies for information goods
•    Business models for information goods
•    Cost modeling for digital goods
•    Incentive structures
•    Pricing of services
•    Economics of service networks
•    Software licensing
•    Matching in markets
•    Decision-making in electronic markets
•    Network effects of IS
•    Incentives for network formation
•    Economic modeling of IS in organizations and communities
•    Economics of IT infrastructures

Associate Editors

Stefan Seifert University of Bayreuth, Germany
Thomas Setzer Forschungszentrum Informatik, Germany
Gregory Kersten Concordia University, Canada
Dirk Neumann University of Freiburg, Germany
Martin Spann LMU Munich, Germany
Oliver Hinz TU Darmstadt, Germany
Jan Krämer Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Henner Gimpel Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Kibae Kim, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Carla Wilkin, Monash University, Australia
Byungjoon, Yoo, Seoul National University, South-Korea
Steven, De Haes, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Sopheak, Cheang, National ICT Development Authority, Cambodia
Eungdo, Kim, Chungbuk National University, South-Korea
Stefan, Kirn, University Hohenheim, Germany