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Track17: IS Innovation, Adoption and Diffusion

Track Chairs

Michael D. Williams, Swansea University, United Kingdom,
Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Swansea University, United Kingdom,
Jason Thatcher, Clemson University, Clemson, United States of America,


The focus of this track is the adoption and diffusion of Information Systems (IS) and information and communication technologies (ICT) among individuals and organizations. Given the endemic nature of IS/ICT within modern society, it is clearly essential to understand the various factors causing some IS/ICT to be successfully adopted and widely accepted, and others to meet only resistance and rejection. Although the study of the adoption and diffusion of IS/ICT may be considered to be one of the more mature research areas within the IS discipline, constantly emerging technologies, contexts of use, and stakeholder groups ensure that the area remains rich in potential for original and fruitful investigation. Indeed, the emergence of such new technologies, contexts, and users raises the issue of whether previous research findings remain applicable to these new circumstances.
The aim of the track therefore is to provide a common platform for the presentation and discussion of original research into issues surrounding IS/ICT adoption (and non-adoption) from various stakeholder group perspectives and at differing levels including societal, organisational, and individual. If this proposed track is accepted, we intend soliciting for theoretical, conceptual, and empirical studies that provide new insights into IS/ICT adoption and diffusion, as well as identifying an agenda for future research in the area. 

Topics of interest

Topics of interest may include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:
  • Adoption or diffusion of IS/ICT supporting organizational and inter-organizational initiatives
  • Adoption of IS/ICT in a residential/ household context
  • Adoption and use of social media
  • Adoption or diffusion of IS/ICT in specific sectors (such as e-government)
  • Adoption and usage of emerging technologies such as RFID
  • Communication types and channels on the diffusion of ICT
  • Diverse methods (e.g., survival analysis, comparative case studies) to understand the diffusion of ICT
  • Factors influencing IS/ICT adoption and use at micro and macro levels
  • Factors that drive the adoption and use of social media by organizations in different sectors of the global economy as well as different cultural contexts
  • IS/ICT success factors
  • Organizational adoption of social networking technologies
  • Social network characteristics (e.g., density, centrality) on the adoption and diffusion of ICTs
  • Socio-economic impacts of consumer adoption of IS/ICT
  • Socio-economic/geographical/cultural factors relevant to IS/ICT adoption
  • Strategies to promote IS/ICT adoption and diffusion
  • The digital divide
  • The diffusion of ICTs within populations (e.g., social networks, communities of practice, organizations)
  • The impact of ICT use on the daily/social/professional life of consumers/citizens
  • The impact of consumers’ home use of ICT on business models in various industries
  • The role of personality characteristics (e.g., Big 5) in adoption of ICTs
  • The role of national/ organizational culture on the adoption and diffusion of ICTs
  • Theories, concepts, and tools of IS/ICT adoption and diffusion
  • Theoretical essays or critical reviews of adoption and diffusion of ICTs
  •  Usage and post-adoption behavior

Associate Editors

Enas Al-Lozi, Al-Zaytoonah University, Jordan
Mahfuz Ashraf, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ramakrishna Ayyagari, University of Massachusetts – Boston, USA
Jeff Baker, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Peter Caputi, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia
Michelle Carter, University of Nebraska-Omaha, USA
Lemuria Carter, NC A&T State University, USA
Hsin Chen, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Ioanna Constantiou, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Francisco Chia Cua, FCC Consultants, Inc., Quezon City, Philippines
Andreas Eckhardt, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Brent Furneaux, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Vikas Jain, John H. Sykes College of Business, The University of Tampa, USA 
Anand Jeyaraj, Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University, USA
Khalil Khoumbati, Qassim University, Bukairyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Banita Lal, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Sven Laumer, University of Bamberg, Germany
Nick Letch, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Vic Matta, College of Business, Ohio University, USA
Ulf Melin, Linkoping University, Sweden
Benjamin Müller, University of Mannheim, Germany
Anastasia Papazafeiropoulou, Brunel University, London, UK
Andrew Schwarz, Louisiana State University, USA
Mahmud Akhter Shareef, McMaster University, Canada
Urvashi Sharma, Imperial College London, UK
Shirish Srivastava, HEC, Paris, France
Chris Street, University of Regina, Canada
Heidi Tscherning, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Karthikeyan Umapathy, University of North Florida, USA
Nils Urbach, Institute of Research on Information Systems, Germany