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Track15: Inter-Organizational Systems, Information Infrastructures and Innovation Dynamics

Track Chairs

Margunn Aanestad, University of Oslo, Norway,
Tina Blegind Jensen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark,


The complexity of contemporary IT solution has been rapidly growing. Systems extend beyond organizational boundaries, are made of a multitude of components, and are increasingly interconnected, forming layered and large scale information infrastructures. Examples include corporate assemblages of hundreds of information systems, the new markets emerging around technological platforms, and numerous inter-organizational, sector-specific and/or global information infrastructures. While such information infrastructures extend “beyond borders” empirically speaking, their fundamental complexity also seem to require a need to move “beyond borders” theoretically. The complexity of these phenomena is a stimulus towards reworking the IS field’s existing conceptualizations.

Earlier studies have discussed alternative approaches towards design and management. Recently, there is evidence of a broader debate picking up within the IS field, where the specific nature of the innovation processes within and around emerging digital infrastructures are beginning to receive attention. Now we call for contributions that address the innovation dynamics of information infrastructures. For instance, new combinations of services and capabilities can be developed at unprecedented speeds creating new sociotechnical relationships but also triggering unintended dynamics. The role of architectures and governance mechanisms impact innovation in non-trivial ways. Innovation in and around information infrastructure necessarily involves inter-organizational relations and is often deeply entangled with legal, administrative and financial regulation. The potentially generative capacity of information infrastructures presents challenges related to change and control that need to be explored further, as does the fundamental characteristics of scalability and flexibility that may impact the infrastructure’s growth in scale and scope. We need to improve our understanding of these digital ecodynamics of the complex interrelation between environmental turbulence, dynamic capabilities and IT systems. What information infrastructure studies could bring to IS field’s current understanding of innovation, is on one hand a clearer perception of “the digital artefact” and its evolutionary complexity and on the other hand an awareness of the challenging role of the installed base.

Within this track we call for papers that intend to extend conceptualizations of innovation dynamics in information infrastructure studies “beyond borders” of today’s understandings. This can be empirical studies, methodological and/or theoretical arguments.

This track seeks original studies on the following subjects and on other appropriately connected topics, where the aim is to understand complex dynamics in information infrastructure development:

Topics of interest

  • Innovation in information infrastructure evolution
  •  Design principle of information infrastructures
  •  Implementation strategies of cross-boundary infrastructures
  •  Dynamics of generative platforms
  •  Adaptive governance models 
  •  Inter-organizational systems
  •  Strategic architecting
  •  Inter-organizational innovation processes
  •  Flexible standards
  •  Longitudinal studies of information infrastructure development
  •  New emerging information infrastructures
  •  New theoretical and methodological approaches to studying infrastructure evolution
  •  Dynamics of installed based inertia and path creation

Associate Editors

Michel Avital, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Miria Grisot, University of Oslo, Norway
Ole Hanseth, University of Oslo, Norway
Ola Henfridsson, Chalmers University of Technology/University of Oslo, Norway
Stefan Henningsson, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Jannis Kallinikos, London School of Economics, UK
Séamas Kelly, University College Dublin, Ireland
Stefan Klein, University of Münster, Germany
Franscesco Lanzara, University of Bologna, Italy
Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Juan Rodon Mòdol, ESADE, Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain
Eric Monteiro, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Andrea Resca, Luiss Guido Carli University Rome, Italy
Stefan Schellhammer, University of Münster, Germany
Carsten Sørensen, London School of Economics, UK
Polyxeni Vassilokopoulou, Athens Technical University, Greece
Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh, UK