UKAIS International Conference 2014

April 7th to 9th 2014, University of Oxford
****Notice of UKAIS AGM - Tuesday 8th April - 6pm ******

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Using Information Systems to make the world a better place: from ideals to action

Conference Chairs: Prof David Wastell, Prof David Wainwright, Dr Laurence Brooks

The exhortation to bend more of our scholarly effort to improving the lot of the less privileged and underserved is not new; the call has gone forth in recent years from distinguished IS scholars such as Walsham, Watson, DeSouza and Galliers, amongst others. But the translation of “lofty ideals” into “actionable proposals”, and most important of all action itself, is still more honoured in the breach than the observance. So much of our research and teaching continues to be geared to the interests of commercial enterprises, and the more global the better. This inevitably conflates development narrowly with economic and material development, rather than forms of freedom and emancipation envisaged by humanist thinkers, such as Amartya Sen. Shifting the moral agenda requires radical changes in the way we teach, how we carry out our research, how we engage with underserved communities, how we nurture the next generation of researchers, where we publish. Accomplishing profound reform to the over-arching institutional structures and incentive systems of the Academy, which ultimately shape the behaviour and practices of its denizens, is no easy task. But this is no reason for demurring; the time is ripe. The theme of this year’s conference is a natural continuance of that of 2013, “Social Information Systems” which called for a broadening of our research to embrace the social sphere: health, social care, public services and community development. With the growing imperative to demonstrate “research impact”, this broadening is vital, lest our work continues to benefit only those who need it least. All forms of research addressing the theme will be welcome: empirical projects (especially “action research”), innovative teaching developments, philosophical essays. As ever, papers addressing any aspect of our field are invited as well as those focused specifically on the Conference theme. Again, we are seeking to widen the community of engagement and would like to hear from social and information scientists, moral philosophers, social media researchers, systems thinkers, software engineers, as well as those already committed to the field of Information Systems.

Keynotes include:
Professor Geoff Walsham, Emeritus Professor of Management Studies (Information Systems)
Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Professor Tom Jackson, Professor of Information and Knowledge Management
Loughborough University Business School

The Conference will be held at Oxford University, UK, 7th - 9th April 2014
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