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Call for Papers - Information Systems Journal Special Issue on
'Interpreting Digital Enabled Social Networks'


Special Issue Guest Editors
Eoin Whelan, University of Limerick, Ireland
Brian Butler, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Robin Teigland, Stockholm School of Economics
Emmanuelle Vaast, Long Island University, USA

While the study of social networks enjoys a long and rich tradition,
particularly in the fields of sociology and anthropology, it has only
recently grown in popularity among IS researchers interested in applying
established social network theories to online environments. This recent
interest from the IS community has been driven by a number of factors
including the advances in the computing and visualisation power of
social network analysis packages, the public availability of large-scale
empirical datasets (such as the Enron email archive), and the emergence
of the popular online social networking services Facebook, LinkedIn,
MySpace, and Twitter, as well as other platforms that facilitate mass
collaboration and self-organisation, such as blogs, wikis, user tagging
systems, and even the more recent emergence of virtual worlds. As such,
a number of prominent IS journals have already dedicated special issues
to the topic of digital enabled social networks in recent times. While
the studies published in these special issues have generated many
important insights, the majority have tended to investigate digital
enabled social networks with a positivist philosophy employing
quantitative methods. Much of our current understanding of the dynamics
of these social structures stems from methods which measure and
correlate the overall network structure, or the individual's position
within the network, to a variety of dependent variables. There is much
that has yet to be understood about social networks constructed on
digital platforms, particularly their impact on organisational life.
Interpretative studies can contribute greatly by providing rich and deep
insights into the inner workings of these important organisational forms
and the technical, behavioural, and economic challenges they face.

The aim of this special issue is to advance the state of social network
research within the IS field by discussing and disseminating empirical
results gained through interpretative studies. The focus is upon
highlighting work that makes significant theoretical and empirical
advances to our understanding of digital enabled social networks.
Submissions that address methodological issues associated with the study
of social networks in IS research are also welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

*	New qualitative approaches to study digital enabled social
networks
*	Assessing the nature and quality of information exchange and
knowledge creation in digital enabled social networks
*	IS case studies that describe how digital enabled social
networks can be harnessed in organisational settings
*	Open innovation/co-creation through digital enabled social
networks
*	Interpretative studies investigating entrepreneurship and the
rise of occupational communities through digital enabled social networks
*	Interpretative insights of leadership and governance in digital
enabled social networks
*	Qualitative approaches to examine the interplay between online
and offline social networks
*	Social networks and IT adoption
*	Interpretative studies to ascertain the role of ICT in the
diffusion of information, trends, behaviours, and innovations in social
networks
*	Combining social network analysis and qualitative approaches in
IS research
*	Methodological issues in IS social network research
*	Critical reviews of the digital enabled social network
literature

Submission Guidelines
Manuscripts should not normally exceed 7000 words and should be
submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/isj. Authors will
have to select Special Issue Submission as the manuscript type. Author
guidelines are available at 'author guidelines' at
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/isj/.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed following the double-blind review
process of ISJ. The objective is to apply very high standards of
acceptance while ensuring fair, timely and efficient review cycles.

Timeline
Full initial paper submission deadline: 31 August 2011
First Review deadline: 30 November 2011
Revised paper submission deadline: (if required) 31 January 2012
Second Review deadline: 16 March 2012
Camera-ready paper submission deadline: 30 April 2012

 

 

Dr. Eoin Whelan

Lecturer in Information Management
Department of Management and Marketing (S1-06)
Kemmy Business School
University of Limerick
Limerick

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