UKAIS 2012
New College, Oxford University
Oxford, UK, 26-28th March 2012
The UKAIS International Conference on Information Systems (UKAIS) is the leading annual conference based in the UK for Information Systems, Management and Information Technology academics and professionals.
17th UKAIS Conference on Information Systems, 2012 The United Kingdom Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) arose from a meeting in 1993 of leading UK academics in Information Systems. Concerns were expressed at the meeting about the way IS teaching and research were funded. The concerns stemmed from a lack of recognition of IS as a growing and important academic discipline. UKAIS was established in 1994 to remedy this situation. It is a charity, whose aims are to provide a better knowledge of IS within the UK and to provide a forum for discussing issues in IS teaching and research. Since this first meeting in 1993, UKAIS has recognised the importance of including practitioners into its remit.

The UKAIS conference is the premiere academic event in the Information Systems calendar within the UK and attracts leading academics and researchers from the UK and overseas.

This year's conference will once again be held in the beautiful city of Oxford, and will be situated in New College, once of Oxford's oldest and most beautiful colleges. New College was given exposure from the filming of Harry Potter and has become one of Oxford's most famous colleges.

This conference will bring together academics, researchers and practioners of information systems for an exchange of ideas and experience around the subject of Innovating Information Systems. In times of economic difficulty, innovative thinking is often the precursor of successful change. The adaption through IS to enable and encourage such innovation is well documented. We are offering a forum for this year's conference to debate the contribution to change that may be heralded by IS and of how IS may be innovatively used. In terms of our own innovation this year's conference will see the first opportunity to engage in a 'Percha Kucha' session hosted by edutainer and societal innovator David Roberts.

This year UKAIS instigates a new conference theme regarding IS teaching cases. We invite you to submit your best teaching cases to the conference. The IS discipline is well known for its use of cases in teaching and we seek to support this by providing a stream for the best cases to be presented, discussed, and ideas exchanged. The focus is on the development, management and use of information technologies in business, government and non-profit contexts. We anticipate that cases will include the wider organisational, strategic and management issues, as well as technical issues. The best cases will be considered for publication in the new Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases (JITTC), edited by Professor Leslie Willcocks, from the London School of Economics. Cases should be a maximum of 5,000 words and should include the case objectives, comments on its use, guidance for teachers, etc. as well as a summary of the case itself.

We are seeking to widen the community of engagement and would like to hear from systems thinkers, software engineers, as well as those already committed to the disciplinary area of Information Systems. To further encourage engagement with wider disciplines, we have secured the opportunity for the best conference papers submitted to be considered for a number of high quality journals which includes the European Journal of Information Systems.

Organizing Committee
Conference Organizing Committee
Dr Gill Green
University of Bolton
Dr Ann Latham
University of Wolverhampton
Dr Diana Limburg
Oxford Brookes University (PhD Consortium)
Conference Dates and Key Deadlines
Please make sure you put these dates into your diary now. Please note, an extension has been granted until the following dates:
  • Monday 20 February 2012 – Final submission deadline for full and short papers
  • Monday 20 February 2012 – Final submission deadline for the Teaching case and Business Intelligence mini-tracks
  • Monday 27 February 2012 – Final submission deadline for PhD Consortium submissions
  • Monday 05 March 2012 – Notification of acceptance and comments from reviewers
  • Friday 23 March 2012 – Final formatted copy of all papers due
  • Monday 26 March 2012 – UKAIS PhD Consortium
  • Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March 2012 – UKAIS 2012 International Conference
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PhD Consortium
  • Chair: Dr Diana Limburg – Dr Diana Limburg – Oxford Brooks University.
  • Keynote Speaker – Professor Bob Wood, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester

The Consortium is intended for researchers undertaking a PhD or Professional Doctorate in keeping with the main themes of the conference. Researchers may present work at any stage. The PhD consortium is sponsored by the leading international Business Intelligence Company, SAS and will include a visit to their international headquarters in Marlow. The consortium aims to provide:

  • An opportunity for small group in-depth discussions which focus on participants research issues, around both the object and method of the research;
  • Understanding of work in progress experienced by other researchers active at PhD level;
  • Identification of other research related to the participants interest.

We invite PhD and professional doctorate students to submit a 500-1000 word abstract summarising the aims, methods and relevancy of the research topic by Friday 13 January 2012 to with the subject heading ‘UKAIS PhD Consortium’

Conference Themes
IS Strategy and Management

IS and Practice

IS and Creative Technology

IS Learning and Teaching

IS and Research

Tracks Special Track: Innovating Business Intelligence and Performance Management

Track chairs:

Dr. Diana Limburg, Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Business
Professor David Wainwright, Northumbria University, IMI Research Group

Maturing of enabling technologies as well as competitive pressures have contributed to a surge in practitioner and business interest in Business Intelligence (BI). BI is increasingly applied within a context of performance management (PM), relating the analysis of internal and external data to evaluating and enhancing business outcomes and processes across organisational functions and levels. BI and Analytics are therefore also hot topics in Information Systems research and education.

If you are teaching and/or researching BI and PM, we would encourage you to submit a paper and join us at the conference. Topics and instructions for submission of papers within this track can be found on the UKAIS main website,

Special Track: Information Systems Teaching Cases

Track chairs

Dr. Julia Kotlarsky, Warwick Business School
Professor Leslie Willcocks, London School of Economics

The IS discipline is well known for its use of cases in teaching and UKAIS seeks to support this by introducing this year a new stream that is dedicated to IS teaching cases. The purpose of this new track is to present and discuss teaching cases that are ready to be used in the classroom (or already being used) but not available yet to the wider academic community. We are interested in teaching cases that address the variety of issues related to the IS field from different angles including the development, management and use of information systems and technologies in business, government and non-profit contexts. We anticipate that cases will include wider organisational, strategic, management and social issues, as well as technical issues.

For examples of teaching cases we are looking for see proceedings of the International Conference of Information Systems and also in The JIT Teaching Cases electronic journal Best papers will be considered for inclusion in the new journal.

Topics and instructions for submission of papers within this track can be found on the UKAIS main website,

Special Senior Scholars Panel “Leadership in Information Systems”

Panel Members:

Professor Ray Paul, Dept of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University
Professor Bob Wood, Manchester University Business School
Professor Zahir Irani, Dean, Brunel University Business School
Professor Neil Doherty, Loughborough University Business School
Professor David Wastell, Nottingham University Business School

Chair: Professor David Wainwright
Northumbria University, School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences

Keynote Speakers
Leslie Wilcocks Professor Leslie Willcocks, London School of Economics

“The Case of the Strange Bedfellows: Innovation and Outsourcing”

Professor Willcock's major research interests include outsourcing, IT management, large scale complex projects, eg, CRM, ERP, organisational change and IT measurement. He is also engaged in looking at technology in globalisation and the strategic use of IT, IT leadership, IT enabled organisational change as well as business process outsourcing and offshoring, organisational behaviour, social theory and philosophy for information systems, and public sector IT Policy.

Helen Margetts Professor Helen Margetts, Oxford University, Oxford Internet Institute

“Big Data in the Future of Government”

Helen Margetts is the Director of the OII, and Professor of Society and the Internet. She is a political scientist specialising in e-government and digital era governance and politics, investigating the nature and implications of relationships between governments, citizens and the Internet and related digital technologies in the UK and internationally. She has published major research reports in this area for agencies such as the OECD and the UK National Audit Office, in addition to important books and articles. In 2003 she and Patrick Dunleavy won the 'Political Scientists Making a Difference' award from the UK Political Studies Association. She is co-director of OxLab, a laboratory for social science experiments and editor of the journal Policy and the Internet.

Charles Randall Dr Charles Randall, Solutions Marketing Manager, SAS

“Rhino Footprints: managing innovation in analytical software development”

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.

Dr Charles Randall from SAS is a marketing strategy professional with 12 years experience in industry and consultancy. He has a broad range of technical skills in analytics, performance management, and customer profitability analysis and has experience across a wide selection of industries from telecommunication to wholesale distribution.

His role in the marketing function is to provide: domain expertise, thought leadership, presentations, and material on the SAS solutions and how they can be applied to business problems. The role encompasses SAS’s various technologies and also includes the business processes, culture, and thinking required to successfully apply analytical approaches to business problems.

Submissions Full papers should be of 5000-8000 words.

Short papers including concept papers, position papers and research-in-progress will also be considered and should be between 1500-2000 words. UKAIS actively encourages submissions from early researchers and early researcher group submissions.

All papers should be formatted using the UKAIS 2012 conference template which can be downloaded from the UKAIS website

All papers should be submitted through EasyChair which can be accessed at :

If you have not used Easychair before, you will need to create an account. All authors should also submit a WORD version of their paper to

The paper title and authors’ names and contact details should appear on a cover sheet as should a clear indication of the topic areas for which the presenter is aiming. To facilitate the blind referring process the body of the paper should be presented anonymously, with the title at the head of each page. Each paper will receive a double peer review.

All accepted papers will appear in the published proceedings of the conference which will be ISBN registered and available internationally through publication in the official AIS electronic library.

Best papers will be considered for publication in a special section of the International Journal of Information Management (due for publication in August 2012)

All additional information can be found on the UKAIS website at

Registration Bookings for the 2012 conference are now being taken. To book your place at either the UKAIS 2012 Conference or PhD Consortium, please download a booking form from the 'Downloads Section' of the website. You can also request a booking form by contacting

PhD Consortium
The 2012 PhD Consortium is being sponsored by SAS, an international leading business intelligence and analytics company and will include a trip to their headquarters in Marlow. An evening meal will also be included. Please download a booking form and ensure that you have booked the relevant elements for your stay.

There have been some slight changes to the booking form for this years' conference. For transparency, we have separated the costs of the consortium/conference and the accommodation. Please ensure you complete the booking form carefully to take into consideration all of your requirements.

Accommodation is based on single occupancy, with breakfast in a standard en-suite room at New College. Partners are welcome to stay at the college for an additional cost and can also attend the conference dinner on Tuesday 27 March 2012, again for an additional cost. You will find all of the information on the Registration Form. You are also welcome to consider alternative accommodation within Oxford and please note, you will be responsible for all costs and for making your own travel arrangements to and from the college.

There are a range of Consortium and Conference packages available. We have included the cost of the conference dinner into all Conference fees, including the Day Packages. Please note, if you are unable to attend the conference dinner, there will be no reduction in costs and places are non-transferable.

Online payment will be through PayPal and you will be sent an email with instructions. If your institution is paying for your attendance, please ensure that you include the contact details for the relevant person, for example, a departmental administrator. Payment can also be made by cheque, or by invoice. Please make cheques payable to 'UK Academy for Information Systems' and for invoice payment, please ensure all information is included at the point of booking.

All conference joining instructions will be sent in the fortnight before the conference. If you are travelling internationally and require joining instructions before this time, please contact and relevant instructions will be sent.

If you have any queries or require any additional information, please contact the conference office at or

Contact Information Abi Redmond

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