Three SIM papers accepted for presentation at ICIS 2015


Three research-in-progress papers co-authored by researchers from the Professorship of Information Systems and Strategic IT Management have been accepted for presentation at the 36th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2015). ICIS is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), which has over 4,000 members representing universities in over 95 countries worldwide. It is the most prestigious gathering of academics and practitioners in the IS discipline, and provides a forum for networking and sharing of latest ideas and highest calibre scientific work amongst the IS profession. ICIS 2015 will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from December 13-16, 2015.

1. Arne Buchwald, Albert Letner, Nils Urbach and Matthias von Entreß: Towards Explaining the Use of Self-Tracking Devices: Conceptual Development of a Continuance and Discontinuance Model

Abstract: Users of digital self-tracking devices benefit from information about themselves. Thereby, the explanatory power of this information heavily depends on post-adoption continued usage of these devices. Thus, the aim of our research is to empirically analyze the factors that lead to continuous use of self-tracking devices. So far, research has largely focused on phases until IS adoption in a work environment and little on post-adoption use in a consumer context which centers on either continuance or discontinuance. To advance research in this area, we develop a conceptual model that combines both in one comprehensive model by building on established post-adoption theories. We will continue our research with a quantitative-empirical evaluation of the developed model. With our research, we aim at contributing to both a better theoretical understanding in the field of IS post-adoption in a consumer context and giving practical implications for producers of self-tracking devices.

2. Arne Buchwald, Nils Urbach and Magnus Mähring: Understanding Employee Engagement in Un-Official Projects – A Conceptual Model Based On Psychological Empowerment and Constructive Deviance

Abstract: Un-official projects resulting from unsanctioned, bottom-up employee initiatives is a phenomenon that can cause serious resource planning problems in IT project portfolio management, such as when resources thought to be available have actually been spent on projects conducted under the radar. At the same time, such project may also give rise to innovative ideas, solutions and software of potentially great benefit to organizations. Previous research has begun to acknowledge and highlight the innovative potential in bottom-up un-official activities, but little is known about why individual professionals engage in un-official projects. We draw on psychological empowerment and constructive deviance theory to explain such engagement, identifying factors fostering empowerment as well as factors moderating whether empowerment translates into un-official project activities. Our conceptual model contributes to the theoretical discourse on un-official projects and equips practitioners with knowledge that can help them balance the propensity of individuals to engage in un-official activities.

3. Silvia Schacht, Stefan Morana, Nils Urbach and Alexander Mädche: Are you a Maverick? Towards a Segmentation of Collaboration Technology Users

Abstract: Collaboration technologies are heavily used in organizations enabling employees to communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with each other. There exist much research investigating why different people are using different kinds of collaboration technologies, but some of the research results on technology acceptance are contradictious. A reason for these inconsistent results may be unobserved heterogeneity. Aiming to understand the heterogeneity, the presented research-in-progress discusses the examination of collaboration technology user segments. By applying the finite mixture partial least squares (FIMIX-PLS) approach, we aim to provide a differentiated picture of factors affecting individuals in their acceptance of collaboration technologies. Our preliminary results indicate that the aggregated model basing on the four identified segments provides more explanations than the global research model. Our overall research contributes to existing research, since we characterize different users groups and thus, improve interpretability of collaboration technology acceptance.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Nils Urbach

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