Social and environmental problems have been increasing rapidly worldwide. Climate change, epidemic diseases, aging societies, unhealthy lifestyles, increasing inequality within and between societies, global energy wars, large scale immigration and racial or gender-based discrimination are examples from the ever-growing list of problems of the modern age. Conventional innovations are unable to solve such fundamental societal challenges, as costs and benefits of innovation are mostly distributed unequally amongst different parts of a society (Guth, 2005). Social Innovation (SI) has been offered as an alternative for attempting the most pressing issues of contemporary societies (Howaldt & Swarz, 2010; Hochgerner, 2012). Moreover, well-designed Socially Influencing Systems (SIS) can empower communities to achieve their wellbeing goals by permanently transforming their lifestyles (Stibe & Larson, 2016).
There are many competing definitions of SI. For example, Bouchard (1999) have defined SI as “any new approach, practice, intervention, or product elaborated to improve a social situation or solve a social problem”. Similarly, (Pol and Ville, 2009, p.881) defines SI as an innovation that has a potential to improve “either the quality or the quantity of life”. Whereas, Moulaert et al. (2005) suggested SI as “changes in social relations, especially with regards to governance, that enable the above satisfaction, but also increase the level of participation of all but especially deprived groups in society”. Similarly, Harrison & Vezina (2006) emphasized “the coordination of relationships among social actors in the solving of socio-economic problems, with the goal of improving the performance and the well-being of communities” in their definition of SI. Goldenberg (2004) defines SI as “finding concrete ways to deal with social and economic problems so as to make a real difference in the lives of real people”, underlining the concrete nature of SI in designing real solutions. Despite variety of definitions and approaches, further scrutiny is needed on how returns on innovation processes are distributed and how technology-based innovations may serve to marginalize parts of a society, potentially impacting the social and economic structure.
Interactions with and influences of information technology solutions that address environmental, economic, social or ethical problems, can translate to betterment of the artificial, social or natural environment, resulting in better quality of life and work, social inclusion, non-discrimination, equal opportunity for participation. For example, IT-based innovations may decrease carbon footprint, create new possibilities for access, emphasize solidarity, enable resistance and foster equality enabling a more inclusive society, instead of serving for social control, public dominance and political hegemony.
Aims and Scope
The purpose of this special issue of JGITM is to advance our understanding of social innovations and adoption of information technology against critical social problems across the world by attracting high quality manuscripts in this area. It would provide a platform for academics, policy makers and practitioners to identify and explore the issues, opportunities, and solutions that promote social innovations and find new societal, as well as business value of information and communication technologies. It is also expected to serve as the spring-board for gathering and disseminating experiences gained in implementing IT for social inclusion and transformation to reflect the most pressing problems facing humanity in a variety of social and organizational settings in different countries.
Papers of all theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Submissions that cross multiple disciplines including information systems, engineering, management, operations management, applied computer science, social influence, behavioral science, psychology, sociology, etc. are encouraged. Consistent with the focus of JGITM, all submitted papers must address global/international issues associated with social innovation, social inclusion and transformation.
Possible contributions may include but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Adoption of IT for social inclusion and transformation.
- Bottom-of the-pyramid issues relating to IS
- Creating, enabling and negotiating social innovations with IT
- Cryptocurrencies, the block-chain, and the new economic/social mechanisms
- Digital labor markets and social inclusion/exclusion with IT
- Global trends and issues in IT-based social innovation
- Socially engineered societal transformations
- IT implementation challenges in social innovations
- Peer-to-peer online marketplaces and platforms
- Policies and IT solutions for social innovation
- IT solutions for sharing economy and social innovation
- IT-based social innovation for solidarity, equality and resistance
- Socially influencing systems
- Sociotech design for smarter communities
- Social movements and IS
- Societal consequences of emerging IT
- Computer-supported influence for social change
- Avoiding backfires in socially transformative systems
- Supporting and empowering marginalized groups in society with IT
- Sustainable and unsustainable IS/IT
- Sustainable business practices and processes with IT
- Persuasive cities for sustainable wellbeing
All papers will go through a blind-review process. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers and the guest editors. The guest editors will make acceptance recommendations to the Editor in Chief, Dr. Prashant Palvia, who will make the final decision. If there are more qualified papers than that can be included in the special issue, they will be published in future issues of JGITM.
The special issue will include the following:
- Editorial preface to be written by the guest editor
- 3 or 4 referred papers
- An interview with a CIO or another senior executive of a company
- A book review relevant to the theme of the special issue
Two-page proposal by authors (optional): December 15, 2017
Proposal Feedback to authors: January 7, 2018
Deadline for submission: March 15, 2018
Initial decision and revisions sent to authors: June 15, 2018
Deadline for revised papers: August 15, 2018
Notification of final acceptances: September 15, 2018
Deadline for final versions: October 31, 2018
Tentative Publication Date: December, 2018
Journal of Global Information Technology Management receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its Editorial Manager site. Approximate size of the paper should be 25 double-spaced pages not including references, tables, and figures. Full details of instructions for authors can be found here.
If you have any other requests or questions, please contact guest editors, Dr. Deniz Tuncalp at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Dr. Tim Edwards at email@example.com and/or Dr. Agnis Stibe at firstname.lastname@example.org.