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Information Systems Journal (ISJ)

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*Special Issue Guest Editors:*

Niall Hayes, Lancaster University, UK

Gianluca Miscione, University of Twente, NL

Leiser Silva, University of Huston, USA

Chris Westrup, Manchester University, UK

While information systems are increasingly designed and implemented on a
large scale within and across a variety of organizational settings around
the world, information system research tends to remain focused on North
American and Western European environments. However, recent contributors to
the literature in the area of information technology and development have
argued that we cannot take for granted that findings originating in these
contexts are necessarily relevant in developing countries located in
different continents.  Indeed, the role of information technology in the
context of development (ICT4D) is a strategically important area of study.
Much of the ICT4D literature to date has had a strong empirical focus,
providing insights into the shape and nature of the use of information
technology within a specific developing context and within a particular
empirical domain such as health or education.  Alternatively, the literature
has aimed at policy relevance, or has been primarily concerned with
providing evidence for the design of specific technological artefacts. This
emphasis on description and prescription has lead to contributions to the
literature that have explicitly focussed on theorising development and
technological change being (relatively) neglected.  A number of recent
contributions to the literature have started to consider this relative
omission. Several accounts have documented the range of different
theoretical stances that have been drawn upon in ICT4D publications as
including activity theory, institutional theory, actor network theory,
structuration theory, contextualist theory, and theories of culture
(Avgerou, 2008; ITID, 2007; Walsham and Sahay, 2006; Silva and Westrup,
2009). Avgerou (2008, 2010) has provided several matrices to account for the
range of epistemological positions adopted in ICT4D research.

This special issue of the Information Systems Journal focuses on technology
related change in the context of developing countries, and for developing
countries. Our particular concern is to develop theoretically inspired
insights and reflections in this domain.  Broadly we conceive that this
could comprise of at least two approaches.  One could be to formulate
theoretically informed insights into or derived from specific empirical
studies of information technology for development.  Such papers should
devote part of their discussion and / or conclusion to reflect on the
theoretical basis, and offer suggestions for future theoretical development.
Alternatively, we encourage papers that strengthen our conceptualization and
theorization of development related to technological change. Such a paper
can provide reflections on the apparent merits or limitations of different
theories to understanding ICT4D or perhaps question the appropriateness of
previous theoretical positions that have informed this research area to

We welcome papers from different epistemological positions and from a wide
variety of disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in theorising
development and technology. While certainly not exhaustive, we would like
contributors to review the following questions in putting their contribution

   - Which theories have dominated the research area to date and what
   observations can we make of this?
   - What theories are relevant to furthering our understanding of
   development and technological change?
   - What is the role of theory in better understanding the development and
   technological change literature?
   - How would a particular theoretical approach affect future research?
   - Which theories from other academic disciplines help to understand this
   - What is the relationship between theory and practice?
   - How does information technology get entangled in performing and
   legitimizing particular practices? How does it change with time and scale?
   - What contexts, not only the local, come to shape technological change?
   - What research methodologies can be designed to provide ‘thick
   understandings’ of IT based development efforts which are widely dispersed
   in time and scale?
   - How to account for aspects of power?
   - How does technology frame our understanding of development?
   - How different is the management of IS in the context of developing

*Submission Guidelines ***

Manuscripts should not normally exceed 7000 words and should be submitted
electronically as a MS Word document to the attention of ISJ administrator
Kathryn Goodwin at isj at brunel.ac.uk.  The email subject should be *ISJ
Special Issue Submission*.  The first page of the document (cover page)
should have the names, institutional affiliations, postal and email
addresses of all authors of the work submitted and a clear identification of
the primary author who will be the sole point of contact between the guest
editors and the authors.  Except on the cover page, the authors names and
affiliations and any other identifying information must NOT appear elsewhere
in the manuscript. Upon receipt, an initial assessment of the manuscript
will be carried out by at least two of the guest editors to ascertain fit of
the manuscript with the special issue scope and mission.   You will normally
receive an acknowledgement within a few days. Detailed instructions for the
preparation of manuscripts are provided on the publisher's
follow the link to 'authors’ guidelines'. Please follow these
before making a submission. Further details of the Information Systems
Journal can be found at http://disc.brunel.ac.uk/isj/

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*Guest Editors *

Dr Niall Hayes,

Organisation, Work and Technology,

Lancaster University.

Lancaster, Lancashire, LA14YX, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1524593862

Email: n.hayes at lancaster.ac.uk

Web-page: http://www.lums.lancs.ac.uk/owt/profiles/niall-hayes/



Faculty of GeoInformation Science and Earth Observation,

University of Twente.

Enschede, the Netherlands

g.miscione at utwente.nl

Tel. +31 53 48 74 231

Web-page: http://www.itc.nl/about_itc/resumes/miscione.aspx

Dr Leiser Silva,

Bauer College of Business,

University of Houston.

Houston, Texas, USA

lsilva at uh.edu

Tel. +1 713 743 4370


Dr Chris Westrup,

Manchester Business School.

The University of Manchester.

Manchester,  M15 6PB

Tel +44 (0) 161 275 4007

chris.westrup at mbs.ac.uk



·        Call for Papers 30th October 2010

·        Deadline for Submitting Papers *28th February 2011 *

·        Review Results Due to Authors: 1st June 2011

·        Deadline for Revised Paper Submission: 1st September 2011

·        Second Review Results Due to Authors: 1st December 2011

·        Final Decision on Papers: 16th February 2012


Avgerou, C. (2008) Information systems in developing countries: a critical
research review, *Journal of Information Technology*, 23:3. 133-146.

Avgerou, C. (2010) Discourses on ICT and Development, *Information
Technology and International Development* 6:3, 1-18.

ITID (2007) Theorizing ICT4D Research, *Information Technology and
International Development *3:3

Silva, L., Westrup, C. (2009) Development and the promise of Technological
Change *Information Technology for Development,* 15:2, 1-6.

Walsham, G., Sahay, S. (2006). Research on information systems in developing
countries: Current landscape and future prospects. *Information Technology
for Development*, 12:1, 7–24.
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