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[Fgcscw] CfP: Communities in E-Commerce (MKWI 2004)

Call for Papers
Communities in E-Business

Track on the German IS Multi-Conference MKWI 2004
March 9 – 11, 2004, in Essen (Germany)

Communities, be it virtual or face-to-face, play an important role in
making the promises of Electronic Business become true. Communities are
social entities whose actors share common needs, interests, or
practices: they constitute the basic units of social experience.

For a number of reasons, IS researchers are increasingly interested in
the topic of communities. First, communities re-shape the processes of
learning and sharing knowledge in and among organizations. While earlier
approaches focused on storing and retrieving explicit knowledge
represented in documents, communities are believed to be important
structures to share implicit situated knowledge, as well. Second,
inter-organizational cooperation is typically based on personal ties.
Electronic networks enable new forms of inter-organizational
cooperation, such as B2B-Marketplaces, Supply Chain Management, Virtual
Organizations, or Strategic Alliances. Many failed attempts to implement
these approaches can be attributed to inadequate attention to the issues
of communities. Finally new types of communities, e.g. on-line
communities, might change the relationships between producer and
consumer. New business models will emerge from these interactions (e.g.
open source).

Information technologies may support or hinder these and other types of
communities. So there is a need to better understand the interrelation
between the design and use of Information Technology and little
formalized social ties which are a characteristics of communities.

The track will focus on presentation and discussion of empirical,
conceptual and design-oriented research. Topics covered by the track
include, but are not restricted to the following subjects:

- (virtual) community formation and development
- communities of practice, knowledge sharing and organizational learning
- appropriation of communityware
- communities and innovation
- communities of interest versus communities of practice
- virtual communities versus location based communities
- regional networks and B2B commerce
- communities in developmental organizations
- return on investment in communities
- communities and business models
- consumer communities and electronic commerce
- ethnographical studies of virtual communities
- case studies of community building and development
- social capital and communities
- communityware: support or hindrance
- design methods for communityware
- innovative applications in the field of communityware
- architectures for communityware
- interoperability among community systems
- innovative user interfaces for communityware
- privacy and security issues for communityware

- Helmut Krcmar (Technical University of Munich)
- Volker Wulf (University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT)

Program Committee
- Uwe Borghoff (University of the Armed Forces, Munich)
- Ulrich Hasenkamp (University of Marburg)
- Thomas Herrmann (University of Dortmund)
- Pamela Hinds (Stanford University, USA)
- Marleen Huysman (Free University of Amsterdam)
- Ralf Klamma (RWTH Aachen)
- Michael Koch (Technical University of Munich)
- Ulrike Lechner (University of Bremen)
- Bernhard Nett (Fraunhofer-FIT)
- Volkmar Pipek (University of Oulu)
- Johann Schlichter (Technical University of Munich)
- Gerhard Schwabe (University of Zurich)
- Stefan Uellner, T-Systems, Germany
- Suzanne Weisband, University of Arizona, USA

Guidelines for Submission
The submissions should be in English language. They will be peer
reviewed and should not exceed 14 pages, submitted according to the
conference guide lines provided at:
Electronic submission via E-Mail is recommended.

Submission Address:
Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf
Institute for Information Systems
University of Siegen
Hölderlinstr. 3
57068 Siegen, Germany
Phone: +49-271-740-2910,

- Deadline for Submission of Full Papers: October 20, 2003
- Notification of Acceptance: December 1, 2003
- Submission of Final Paper: January 1, 2004

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