IT Enabled Collaboration in Developing Countries Minitrack

Diffusion (adoption, implementation, and utilization) of collaboration technologies have been investigated in many countries and regions around the globe. While the majority of research initiatives have been undertaken in Western Europe and North America, they have been scarce in developing regions like East Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The diffusion of collaboration technologies in countries such as China, India, Brazil, and South Africa is becoming prevalent as globalization drives inter and intra-country collaboration intensity within and across organizations. Technology enhanced collaboration such as synchronous and asynchronous computer support amongst team members (co-located or virtual) is being enhanced by hand held mobile devices in communities of practice and social media environments in many developing countries.

We would like to invite the authors to submit their research on IT enabled collaboration in developing countries from theoretical, technological, social, psychological, behavioral, and design science perspectives. Research deploying different theoretical lenses could focus on process and system design, methods, modeling, and techniques in addressing various aspects of IT enabled collaboration.

The mini-track will focus on a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Case studies in education, business, government, healthcare and organization in developing regions
  • IT enabled cross-cultural and intra and/or inter-organizational collaboration
  • Global, virtual, distributed, blended, and face-to-face IT enabled collaboration for development in individual level, team level, organizational level
  • Emerging issues in collaboration technology diffusion
  • Deployment of mobile technologies for collaboration
  • Group decision making, negotiation, facilitation, recommendation and communication technologies for development
  • Trust, privacy, security issues in IT enabled collaboration for development
  • Social, behavioral, psychological and technical factors influencing IT enabled collaboration
  • Digital platforms, products, business models in collaboration and their impacts
  • Social networking, social media, big data, e-business and its practices for collaboration
  • User behavior in IT enabled collaboration
  • Information systems, technologies, theories, process, methods, or models that could be transferred and applied from developed regions to developing regions

Best papers from this minitrack will be fast tracked for submission to our special issue (Information Technology Enabled Collaboration for Development) in Information Technology for Development Journal.

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Xusen Cheng (Primary Contact)
University of International Business and Economics, China

Xiangbin Yan
Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Deepinder Bajwa
Western Washington University

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