Collaboration Systems and Technologies

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Groups collaborate to create value that their members cannot create through individual effort. Collaboration, however, engenders economic, interpersonal, social, political, cognitive, emotional, physical, and technical challenges. Groups can improve key outcomes using collaboration technologies, but any technology that can be used well can also be used badly; IS/IT artifacts do not assure successful collaboration. The value of a collaboration technology can only be realized in the larger context of a collaboration system, a combination of actors, hardware, software, knowledge, and work practices to advance groups toward their goals. Designers of collaboration systems must therefore address many issues when creating a new collaboration system.

This track seeks new work from researchers in many disciplines to foster a growing a body of exploratory, theoretical, experimental, and applied research that could inform design and deployment choices for collaboration systems. We seek papers that address individual, group, organizational, and social factors that affect outcomes of interest among people making joint efforts toward a group goal. We look for papers from the range of epistemological and methodological perspectives. Behavioral science and design science papers are welcome. The track seeks to synthesize broader understandings in the diversity of approaches that contributors bring to the conference.


  • Best and Next Practices in Online Education: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Creativity in Teams
  • Cross-Organizational and Cross-Border IS/IT Collaboration
  • Data Science and Digital Collaborations
  • Emerging Issues in Distributed Group Decision-Making: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Human-Computer Interaction: Informing Design Utilizing Behavioral, Neurophysiological, and Design Science Methods
  • Communication and Information Systems Technology for Crisis and Disaster Management
  • IT Enabled Collaboration for Development
  • Negotiation, Leadership, and Technology
  • Processes and Technologies for Small and Large Team Collaboration
  • Social and Psychological Perspectices in Collaboration Research
  • Social Media and e-Business Transformation
  • Technology Mediated Collaborations in Healthcare and Wellness Management
  • Text Mining in Big Data Analytics
  • The Sharing Economy
  • Virtual Teams, Organizations and Networks

Track Chairs:

Robert Briggs
San Diego State University

Jay Nunamaker
University of Arizona