Consequences from interactions with and influences of IS, whether they revolve around environmental, economic, social, psychological, cultural or ethical issues, can translate into degradation or betterment of the artificial, social or natural environment, better or worse quality of life and work, social inclusion/exclusion, (non)discrimination, (un)employment, and civic participation or lack of it. For example, IS can contribute to climate change through increasing carbon footprints, but can also provide a means for managing that carbon footprint. IS can also contribute to hyperreality through immersive applications of virtual reality, and at the same time trigger changes in the mundane reality itself. IS can be a critical means for social and political activists to afford visibility to various injustices through e-strikes and e-protests but it also affords means for activists of anti-social, illegal or unethical movements.
The IS community is uniquely positioned to address these issues of the imbrication of technological and social change and impacts, given its encompassing knowledge of both technical and social dimensions, along with its need-solution pairing that generativity properties of IS have facilitated.
This track welcomes innovative, rigorous and relevant theoretical, empirical and design studies on societal change and societal impacts from interactions with and influences of information systems (IS) broadly speaking. Empirical (qualitative and quantitative) studies as well as design-oriented research and conceptual papers on theory development will be considered. Our view of societal change and impacts is broad and inclusive. Change can involve planned, emergent, serendipitous, and other forms. Impacts can be actual or potential, intended or unintended, and positive, negative or diverse in effect. Various dimensions including environmental, social, economic, cultural or ethical can be involved in these relationships. Timeframes of changes and impacts can be varied including short-term such as work stoppage or more long-term such as sustainability outcomes.
Due to the broad and inclusive nature of the topic, we encourage the submission of studies that address a variety of different units of analysis, including individual, group, process, organization, government, and society at large. We particularly welcome contributions that manage to integrate different dimensions, units, levels and views. The research questions may be derived from a broad spectrum of disciplines including information systems and business, engineering, management, operations management, applied computer science, environmental science, marketing, economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, fine arts, etc