Special Section CfP: The post COVID19 space: challenges and opportunities for IS


Research on Information Systems and Social Issues
The post COVID19 space: challenges and opportunities for IS

Call for Papers
The post COVID19 space: challenges and opportunities for IS Overview The special section is calling authors to submit high quality papers related to addressing challenges and opportunities for IS in the Post-COVID environment.

While the majority of organisations struggled with deteriorated operational results, many invested in IS as part of their COVID management strategy, including moving sales online, using work-from-home arrangements for their employees, rethinking their data strategies, updating their social media strategy to communicate and provide support for their customer base. Remote operations, including online sales, and remote work generate data flows that are opportunities to be explored for organisations. New opportunities may also be leveraged through Data Analytics or Artificial Intelligence using new and expanded collections of data generated during the pandemic.

So what does the new post-COVID19 normal look like for organisations who now realise the growing benefits of leveraging data and IS for their operations?

Broad directions for research include, but are not limited to:
• Changing business strategies and models reflecting data analytics and AI
• Stakeholder management (staff, customers, shareholders), and
• Data use, its collection and storage, including associated ethical implications.

More specifically, the authors are encouraged to look into the following topics:
• Using IS to facilitate short-term and long-term changes to business models
• Benefits and challenges of the remote work for traditional on-site businesses
• Exploring and strengthening social media engagement for stakeholder management
• Introduction and use of data analytics capabilities to manage and explore data flows
• Navigating and supporting businesses with the application of Data Analytics or Artificial Intelligence
• Application of Data Analytics or Artificial Intelligence to drive interventions or recovery strategies for businesses
• Adopting of Data Analytics or Artificial Intelligence to enhance business resiliency
• Exploring IS for understanding employee experience and monitoring workforce productivity, performance, engagement, well-being and workplace health and safety
• Ethical implications, including privacy and security concerns for data collection, storage and use
• Research on the various communication modes used during the pandemic and implications for future engagement
• Effects of the pandemic on strategic decision making, including facilitation of new opportunities, change management issues in staff, and changing customer demographics.

The range of topics is a suggestion as authors are welcomed to explore the theme further by addressing the Special Section overview. We are looking for completed papers, including conceptual papers, in-depth case studies and papers with primary and/or secondary data analysis, employing qualitative/quantitative or mixed-method research.

Paper Submission:
Submitted papers must not have been previously published or are currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. Each paper will go through a rigorous review process. As an author, you are responsible for understanding and adhering to AJIS submission guidelines, which is available here: https://journal.acs.org.au/index.php/ajis/information/authors

Draft timeline:
Deadline for Paper Submission: 1 March 2021
First Review Round: 31 May 2021
Revision: 31 August 2021
Final Decision: 30 October 2021
Tentative publication: 30 November 2021

Special Section Editors:
Dr Maria Prokofieva
Information Systems, Business School, Victoria University, Australia
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Dr. Emilia Bellucci
Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
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Dr Yee Ling Boo
School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, College of Business and Law, RMIT University, Australia
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