[CITASA] [JVWR] 2nd CFP: Asian Perspectives & Special Seminar on Virtuallity in the 11th Wuhan Conf. on E-Business, May 26-27, 2012, China

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       The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (http://jvwresearch.org/) is
happy to present this 2nd and final call for papers for the "Asian
Perspectives on Virtual Worlds" issue with a special reminder of the
Seminar on "Virtuallity as a Frontier for MIS research" as part of The
Eleventh Wuhan International Conference on E-Business (An AIS Affiliated
Conference) (http://www.whiceb.com/), May 26-27, 2012 in Wuhan, China.

Enclosed are details re:
1. The issue Call for JVWR
2. The seminar on Virtuallity, and
3. The Entire conference:

This call can also be found on the JVWR web site
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 1. JVWR issue on Asian Perspectives on Virtual Worlds Guest
EditorsKenneth Y T Lim, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Young Hoan Cho, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Michael Vallance, Future University, Hakodate, Japa
 Deadlines * Authors submission of abstract: *April 15th, 2012*
using the Journal publishing system (login at the top right of the journal
site, state that you aim at the Asian Perspective issue.) Abstract
submission will give authors quick feedback and allow editors to identify
reviewers asap.
* Authors submission of full paper: Jun 1, 2012
* Editors review report and initial decision to authors: Jul 1, 2012
* Authors submission of revision: Aug 1, 2012
* Editors final decision and comments to authors: Aug 15, 2012
* Authors submission of completed, final version of paper: Sep 01, 2012
* Staff editor & authors work till Planned Publication Date: Sep 30, 2012
 About We are interested in topics like socio-cultural framings of virtual
worlds, game-based worlds and the communities that emerge within them as
well as special technologies that have emerged in the region. Commentators
such as Engeström (1999) have given us lenses through which to investigate
such interactions and growth.

When highlighting patterns of usage of virtual worlds, the mass media tends
to draw generalisations from anecdotal extremes of the neglect of families
and acts of gang-related or self-inflicted violence; other generalisations
are drawn about the outsourcing of the acquisition of in-game resources. We
argue that understandings of virtual worlds from Asian perspectives must be
broader than these naîve generalisations.
The purpose of this special issue is to seek a nuanced landscape of virtual
worlds from Asian perspectives – a landscape which encompasses both peaks
and valleys, as opposed to one which emphasizes some at the expense of
others.

Congruent with this approach, the question of whether there are indeed
“Asian perspectives” and the forms these might take, might be articulated
along the following lines of inquiry:

   - a straightforward sub-regional approach (such as, but not limited to,
   the impact of virtual worlds in northeast Asia);
   - position papers and academic research which foreground the
   evolutionary trajectory of community-growth as embedded within Oriental (as
   opposed to Occidental) cultures;
   - in this latter regard, considerations might even be taken of the
   distinctions – and interplay – between the in-world actions of protagonists
   as informed by their respective cultural worldviews, and their wider
   constructs of identity and self within their home-cultures as they
   participate in their regular everyday activities.


We therefore invite position papers and interim reports of research studies
which might shed light on the preceding issues, such as – but not limited
to:

   - comparative studies on the use, understandings and significance of
   virtual worlds and game-based worlds across Oriental and Occidental
   cultures;
   - ethnographies of protagonists and players living and operating within
   Asian societies;
   - longitudinal studies of in-world and cross-world community emergence
   and growth from Asia;
   - research studies on interventions within a diversity of Asian
   contexts, such as formal education and / or non-formal learning;
   - descriptive studies of protagonists and players of Asian origin,
   focusing on how their in-world actions and identities might have been
   shaped by wider cultural factors – and *vice versa*.

 Guidelines We welcome submissions in the form of full research papers,
research-in-brief papers, “think-pieces,” essays, monographs, interactive
online exhibits with accompanying detailed descriptions, and other forms of
scholarship.

For specific submission instructions and detailed descriptions of the
different submission formats visit: http://jvwresearch.org
 Further Information Please contact:
Kenneth Y T Lim voyager AT mac.com
Young Hoan Cho younghoan.cho AT nie.edu.sg
Michael Vallance mvallance AT mac.com
 2. A Special Seminar on Virtuallity as a Frontier for MIS Research as Part
of The Eleventh Wuhan International Conference on E-Business (
http://www.whiceb.com/symposium.html#<http://jvwresearch.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=de4fa2a435382cb1fa67cb708&id=22c5d41ce4&e=3f7039199b>
) The JVWR will host a seminar at The Eleventh Wuhan International
Conference on E-Business (An AIS Affiliated Conference)  (
http://www.whiceb.com/), May 26-27, 2012 in Wuhan, China. It is widely
recognized in the region and beyond as an excellent and fascinating
academic conference on e-Business. Topics include, but are not limited to,
e-Business and development, IT/IS for E-Business, Knowledge Management and
Business Intelligence, Human Behaviors in IS Application, Innovation
Management and IT Application, and Operations & Services Management. The
conference paper submission deadline is Jan 20, 2012.

Talks include:
 a. The Five Challenges of Virtual Worlds Research Dr. Yesha Y. Sivan --
Tel Aviv Academic College. Tel Aviv, Israel.

Abstract:
Real virtual worlds are defined as an integration of four factors: 3D,
Community, Creation, and Commerce (AKA 3D3C). The more we have of these
factors the closer we get to real virtual worlds. In that sense IMVU,
Second Life, and Entropia are more real virtual worlds than Club Penguin,
World of Warcraft, and SIMS online. In the talk five research challenges
that deal with interface, money, dependency, identity, and scale-ability.

Bio:
Dr. Yesha Sivan is the head of the Information Systems Program (
http://is.mta.ac.il) at the School of Management and Economy at the
Tel-Aviv-Yaffo academic college (http://www.mta.ac.il). He is also the
founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL) - a leading think tank focusing on
connecting virtual and real worlds. Dr. Sivan professional experience
includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate,
hi-tech, government, and defense environments (see for example: the Harvard
9-Keys for Knowledge Infrastructure). He published numerous papers in the
areas of Strategy and IT, knowledge, 3D3C virtual worlds, and standards.
Dr. Sivan received his doctorate from Harvard University. His avatar is
Dera Kit, and his blog is http://www.dryesha.com. He has taught EMBA, MBA,
engineering and design in the areas of strategic value of IT, the emergence
of virtual worlds, and software development in virtual worlds.

 b. Six Learnings Framework for Curriculum in Fictive Worlds Dr. Kenneth Y
T Lim -- Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education,
Singapore
Abstract:
Since 2010, some schools in Singapore have been using Second Life in the
teaching and learning of key concepts in geography, such as geomorphology
and map literacy. These interventions have been in-part funded by the
Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education in Singapore.
The curricular units designed around these topics have been informed by the
Six Learnings framework for curriculum design in fictive worlds and virtual
environments, which was conceptualized by Kenneth in 2008. Since then, the
framework and findings have been shared at both geographical- and virtual
worlds-related conferences in Southeast Asia, Britain and the United
States. In this talk, Kenneth will share some of the critical insights and
the underlying philosophy which have informed these investigations.

Bio:
Kenneth Y T Lim is a Research Scientist at the Office of Education
Research, National Institute of Education, Singapore. His research
interests are the affordances for learning of fictive worlds and virtual
environments such as Second Life. To this end, he works closely with
teachers from schools in Singapore, and with the Ministry of Education, to
develop curricular interventions which leverage these affordances.
 c. Monetizing Virtual Worlds: the Case of Anshe Chung Studios Ailin Graef
-- CEO of Anshe Chung Studios, Ltd. (Hubei, China)
Abstract:

Globally accessible virtual worlds provide an opportunity for new forms of
collaboration and organization. In this workshop Ailin Graef
will discuss several successful virtual world use-cases in the for-profit,
non-profit and educational sectors. She will also share her experience in
harvesting talent in China and overseas to create
value in virtual worlds.

Bio:
Ailin Graef is a pioneer in virtual world entrepreneurship and monetization
of computer game economies. In 2006, using the pseudonym
"Anshe Chung", she became the world's first virtual world millionaire and
received global media recognition for building a virtual real estate
business inside Second Life. Since then she has been involved
in the creation of several successful 3D social media startup companies
including Anshe Chung Studios, Ltd. (Hubei), Virtuatrade,
LLC (PA), Reality Network, Ltd. (Wuhan), Frenzoo, Ltd (HK) and 3D Avatar
School, Ltd (HK).  Ailin originally graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies
University and taught at the Huanggang Normal University before becoming
involved with online media.

*For participation at the workshop in Wuhan please contact : Info AT
jvwresearch.org*
 3. About The 11th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business
http://www.whiceb.com/ About The annual Wuhan International Conference on
E-Business (WHICEB) promotes intellectual research and facilitates academic
and corporate networking in e-business and relevant fields. The conference
aims at presenting innovative initiatives, solutions and approaches to
making the Internet a productive and efficient alternative for the new
eWorld. As emerging digital environments generate new ways of communication
and interaction between individuals, organizations and societies we need to
examine the structures, processes and operations to ensure our migration to
a more reliable eWorld. We also have to identify entrepreneurial
opportunity of e-business and to help enterprises for the challenges
ranging from technological to behavioral issues, from marketing to privacy
issues, from effectiveness to security issues. Moreover, it is essential
that managers, employees and citizens take actions at both the macro and
the micro levels; our discourse focuses on designing suitable
organizational configurations, effective and efficient processes, new kinds
of products and services, and necessary infrastructures and technologies.
In this global world, we need to leverage technologies and manage processes
of services and products for the e-business.

Wuhan International Conference on E-Business holds annually in May, and is
widely recognized in the region and beyond as an excellent and fascinating
academic conference. We have successfully held ten WHICEB conferences in
the past since 2000. We welcome paper submissions from different aspects of
business and from different disciplines. Conference proceedings will be
listed in the Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings® (ISTP) or in the
Index to Social Sciences and Humanities Proceedings® (ISSHP). The
proceedings will also be available at AIS eLibrary, and will be  submitted
to EI (Engineering index). Selected best papers from the proceeding will be
recommended to the following international academic journals/special
issues: Electronic Markets-The International Journal on Networked business,
International Journal of Information Technology and Management,
International Journal of Services Technology and Management ,International
Journal of Mobile Learning and Organization, International Journal of
Revenue Management , Chinese Journal of Management, International Journal
of Networking and Virtual Organizations, International Journal of Business
Process Integration and Management ,International Journal of Biomedical
Engineering and Technology, Electronic Government: An International
Journal, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research,
China Journal of Information Systems, etc.
 Conference Topics There are six major tracks in this conference.  Topics
listed below are suggested but not limited to.

*E-Business and Developments* – Topics including E- Commerce issues and
developments, E-Business strategy and risks ,E-Business impacts across
organizations ,E -Business value chain management, E -Business applications
in service industries, Enablers and inhibitors of e-commerce in SMEs,
Web-based marketing and mobile marketing, Privacy, security, and trust of
e-commerce and mobile business , E-Health, Collaboration and innovation in
online social networks, Collaboration and innovation in e-Government
,Web-based education and training, E-Business policies & regulations

*IT/IS for E-Business* – Topics including Workflow and business process
tools and management for e-business, Services computing in e-business,
Cloud computing ,Components, services and solutions for e-business
,Collaboration information systems and technology, ERP applications and
business process innovation ,Adoption and diffusion of green IT/IS,
Web-based Information Systems and Applications, Security and privacy
methods and solutions for enabling e-business

*Knowledge Management and Business Intelligenc*e – Topics including
Knowledge management processes and structures, Knowledge management in
virtual teams and distributed contexts, Design,  development and use of
knowledge management systems, Capturing and sharing knowledge in social
networks, Data, text, and Web mining for business intelligence, Real-time
decision making based on business intelligence, Leveraging business
intelligence systems for knowledge creation, Business intelligence systems
and collaborative business

*Human Behavior in IS Applications *– Topics including Human and social
factors in e-business and IS adoption and deployment, Cultural factors for
adoption and use of IT/IS, The impact of IS on human behavior in
organizations, The impact of social networking web sites on human behavior
in communications, IS impact people's willingness or ability to switch to a
new system, The social and behavioral impacts of emerging technology
,Organizational and human factors and the success of virtual teams, Human
behavior change with the proliferation of online social networking.

*Innovation Management and IT applications* – Topics including ICT-enabled
process innovation and analytics within and between organizations, IT
outsourcing-enabled business transformation and new inter-organizational
forms, IT project management methodologies, Entrepreneurship in technology
innovation strategy, Strategic management, SME’s development strategy,
Human resource management, Innovation and management of production systems,
IT applications in accounting and finance management, Emerging market risk
management, Development of capital markets in emerging economies, Cost
control methods and international economics management.

*Operations & Services Management* – Topics including Green supply chain
management, Distribution logistics service management, Customer
relationship management in operations & service, Inter-organization
cooperation and management, Service requirements analysis, modeling and
design, Integration of IT services architecture and management with
customer services, Methodologies and techniques for automated service
composition and delivery, Business value of service and value co-creation,
Quality control and management in operations &service, Service economics,
risk, supply chain and life cycle
 *Details* Registration is open. Please register now
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*Important **Dates*
Submission deadline for full manuscript: January 20, 2012
Acceptance announcement: February 28, 2012
Deadline for final camera-ready paper: March 15, 2012
Registration: March 15, 2012
Conference date: May 26-27, 2012

*Paper submission *
Please use the manuscript submission system to submit your papers to WHICEB
2012 in http://www.whiceb.com
Submitted manuscripts in English will be limited to 8 pages and the
additional page charge is $20 per page. The manuscripts must be formatted
using the Conference Proceedings template. Formatting instructions can be
found on the conference website.

*Organizers*
The Center for International Cooperation in E-Business ,China University of
Geosciences, Wuhan, China
School of Economics and Management, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan,
China
College of Business, Alfred University, Alfred, New York, USA
International Business Interface Inc. (IBII), USA

*Sponsors*
The Association for Information Systems(AIS)
China Association for Information Systems (CNAIS)
The China Information Economics Society
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heidenheim, Heidenheim,
Germany
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia
Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
College of Business & Public Administration, University of North Dakota, USA
School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA
FHS St. Gallen, University of Applied Sciences, St. Gallen, Switzerland
College of Management, Huazhong University of Sciences & Technology Wuhan,
China
Business School, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
College of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
College of Management, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China
Xinhua College of Finance and Insurance, Zhongnan University of Economics
and Law, Wuhan, China
School of Business and Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and
Law, Wuhan, China
Information Management Department, Huazhong Normal University, Wuhan, China
Graduate School of Systems Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
China E-Commerce Association Wuhan Representative Office, Wuhan, China
China Journal of Information Systems, School of Economics and Management,
Tsinghua University, China
Chinese Journal of Management, Huazhong University of Technology and
Sciences, Wuhan, China

*Co-Chairs*
Jing Zhao, CICEB, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan
Wilfred V. Huang, Alfred University (fhuang AT alfred.edu)

*Editor*
Frank G Duserick, Alfred University, USA  Contact at: Zhang Yao , Luxi Lin,
Jing Wang, Chunming Wu and Zhen Zhu (Conference Coordinator)
E-mail:wuhaniceb AT gmail.com for authors outside China ,  whiceb AT
yahoo.com.cn for authors in China

Address: School of Economics and Management, China University of
Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, P. R. China

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