UKAIS 2014
Using information systems to make the world a better place: from ideals to action
St Catherine’s College
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK, 7th-9th April 2014
Sponsored by SAP
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.
19th UKAIS Conference on Information Systems, 2014 Using information systems to make the world a better place: from ideals to action

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 away from the commercial environment to embrace more of the social sphere: health, social care, public services and community development. And 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, 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. Seeking to widen the community of engagement, we 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. To encourage further engagement, we have secured the opportunity for the best conference papers to be considered for a number of high quality journals, which includes the European Journal of Information Systems and the International Journal of Information Management.

The UKAIS conference is the premier academic event in the Information Systems calendar within the UK, and attracts leading scholars from the UK and overseas. The Academy was established in 1994 by leading UK academics in Information Systems. It is a charity, whose aims are to enhance the recognition and knowledge of IS within the UK, and to provide a forum for discussing issues in IS teaching and research. UKAIS continues to recognise the importance of including practitioners in its work.

This year's conference will once again be held in the beautiful city of Oxford, and will be situated in one of Oxford University’s atmospheric colleges, St Catherine’s College which is near the centre of the city.

*** UKAIS 2014 will be a fully refereed conference (see Programme Committee below) using a blind refereeing process of noted figures in the IS field ***

Conference Programme Chairs
Professor David Wastell (Nottingham University Business School)
Professor David Wainwright (Information Sciences, Northumbria University)
Dr Laurence Brooks (Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University)

Organizing Committee Conference Organizing Committee
Dr Diana Limburg (Oxford Brookes University Business School - PhD Consortium)
Dr Rachel Mclean (Digital Marketing, Liverpool John Moores University – PhD Consortium)
Abigail Hopkins, (Conference Administrator -

Conference Programme and Review Committee

David Brown, Lancaster University, Melissa Cole, Buckingham University, Antonio Cordella, London School of Economics, Sharon Cox, Birmingham City University, Sue Childs, Northumbria University, Yogesh Dwivedi, University of Swansea, Liz Daniel, Open University, Neil Doherty, Loughborough University, Helen Edwards, University of Sunderland, Amany Elbana, Royal Holloway, Guy Fitzgerald, Loughborough University, Joy Garfield, University of Worcester, Ray Hackney, Brunel University, Stephen Harwood, Edinburgh University, Richard Heeks, Manchester University, Aleksej Heinze, Salford University, Chris Holland, Manchester Business School, Peter Kawalek, Manchester Business School, Ann Latham, University of Wolverhampton, Ben Light, Queensland University of Technology, Diana Limburg, Oxford Brooks University, John Maccarthy, University of Limerick, Rob Macredie, Brunel University, Rachel Mclean, Liverpool John Moores University, Julie Mcleod, University of Northumbria, Rosa Michaelson, Dundee University, Mike Newman, Manchester Business School, Nathalie Mitev, London School of Economics, Savvas Papagiannidis, Newcastle University, Ray Paul, Brunel University, Gelareh Roushan, Bournemouth University, Carsten Sørensen, London School of Economics, John Ward, Cranfield University, Teresa Waring, University of Northumbria

Conference Dates and Key Deadlines
Please make sure you put these dates into your diary now:
  • Full Papers Deadline **Monday 3rd February 2014 - Submission for full and short papers
  • Monday 24th February 2014 - Notification of acceptance and comments from reviewers
  • Monday 10th March 2014 - Final submission deadline for PhD Consortium abstract
  • Monday 10th March 2014 - Final formatted copy of all papers due
  • Monday 7th April 2014 - UKAIS PhD Consortium
  • Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th April 2014 - UKAIS 2014 International Conference

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Conference Themes
Papers addressing the Conference theme are particularly welcome, although as ever submissions addressing any area of the field of Information Systems, eclectically defined, will be considered for inclusion.

Some indicative topics are as follows (please hover over topics to display more information):

IS Strategy and Management

IS and Practice

IS and Creative Technology Future

IS Learning and Teaching

IS Research methods and theory

Keynote Speakers Prof Geoff Walsham
Professor Geoff Walsham
Emeritus Professor of Management Studies (Information Systems)
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Title: Are We Making a Better World with ICTs?

Abstract: This presentation will propose a future-oriented agenda for the IS field based around the question of whether we are making a better world with ICTS. Challenges to this proposal have been put forward in the literature and some of these will be identified and discussed. It will be argued that we need an inspiring overall theme for the IS field if we hope to have significant influence on the future ICT-enabled world.

Geoff Walsham is an Emeritus Professor of Management Studies (Information Systems) at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. In addition to Cambridge, he has held academic posts at the University of Lancaster in the UK, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and Mindanao State University in the Philippines. His research is focused on the question: are we making a better world with information and communication technologies? He was one the early pioneers of interpretive approaches to research on information systems.

Prof Tom Jackson
Professor Tom Jackson
Loughborough University
Professor of Information and Knowledge Management
Director Centre for Information Management

Title: Creating the IS Pipeline: From Theory to Applied to Impact

Mini-Abstract: Academia has rapidly changed over the last decade and even more pressure is put upon academics to deliver in so many ways than before. Although the new expectations can help deliver in getting information systems to make the world a better place. This talk will discuss the IS pipeline that is required to ensure we deliver from ideals to actions and with the ever increasing speed of the wider IS domain the importance of selecting the 'best' area to research.

Prof. Thomas W Jackson (PhD, FBCS) holds a chair in Information and Knowledge Management and is the Director of the Centre for Information Management. His research areas are Electronic Communication and Information Retrieval, and Applied and Theory based Knowledge Management, including his Natural Language Processing Email Knowledge Extraction system (EKE) that has the world’s best f-ranking measure. In addition to this, his EMOTIVE project holds the world’s best f-measure for fine grained emotion detection. He is on a number of editorial boards for international journals and reviews for many more and has published more than 130 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He has given a number of invited keynote talks throughout the world. He works closely with both private and public sector organisations throughout the world and over the last few years he has secured over £5.3M of funding from sources including EPSRC, Royal Society, Private (e.g. SAP), Public (e.g. Leics. Constabulary, The National Archives); KTPs and 3rd Sector (Amateur Swimming Association – predicting swimmer attendance) and won a number of prizes for his research, notable the research undertaken with Leicestershire Police and the implementation of Mobile Data Terminals in all Police Vehicles. He is currently working on the Robust Lifecycle Design and Health Monitoring for Fuel-Cell Extended Performance project and the Adaptive Informatics for Intelligent Manufacturing (AI2M) project.

PhD Consortium
  • Chairs: Dr Rachel Mclean, Liverpool John Moores University, Dr Diana Limburg, Oxford Brooks University
  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Alison Adam

    Professor Alison Adam

    Professor of Science, Technology and Society
    Sheffield Hallam University, Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

The Consortium is intended for researchers undertaking a PhD or Professional Doctorate in keeping with the main themes of the conference. Researchers at any stage in the PhD process may present work. 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 10th March to, with the subject heading UKAIS PhD Consortium.
Invited Sessions Panel Session: Evidence Based Information Systems

Panelists: Professor Edwards, Professor David Wainwright, Professor Briony Oates, Sue Childs (Senior Research Fellow); Professor David Wastell, Professor Ray Paul; Dr Laurence Brooks

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) – The Problem and Challenges, The Need within IS research and practice, Open Access Publishing

Launch of the ‘Journal for Evidence Based Information Systems’ (EBIS): An open access journal for IS researchers and practitioners – An independent journal in association with the UKAIS

Special Senior Scholars Panel INFORMATION SYSTEMS: Making the world a better place?
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 2014 conference template which is available at (available shortly)

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

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 (link available shortly)

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 2015)

All additional information can be found on the UKAIS website at

Registration Conference Bookings will be open in 2014, please see the website for registration details.

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 will be based on single occupancy, with breakfast in a standard en-suite room at the St Catherine’s College, Oxford University (Details coming shortly). Partners are welcome to stay at the college for an additional cost and can also attend the conference dinner, again for an additional cost. You will find all of the information on the Registration Form when it becomes available. 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 will be a range of Consortium and Conference packages available. We will include 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 the administrator and relevant instructions will be sent.

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

Bookings for the 2014 conference will be open in February 2014 and all information will be found on the Download section of the main UKAIS website

Contact Information UKAIS 2014 Administrator - Abigail Hopkins: