Strategy, Information, Technology, Economics, and Society (SITES) Minitrack

This minitrack addresses the interactions between technology and changes in consumer behavior, between consumer behavior and changes in corporate strategy, and between corporate strategy and regulatory policy. The intent is to understand how technology affects strategy, how strategy affects regulation and the law, and how regulation and the law can best serve the interests of society.

In addition to Economics and IS, we seek to engage a broader range of Social Sciences, including Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Public Policy and, of course, the Law. The minitrack will continue to explore topics in Information Economics and Strategy, including but not limited to:

  • Case studies of the application of strategic IS and their impacts on firms, markets and economies
  • Economic analysis of investments in information systems in a wide range of competitive and commercial application areas, and the relationships between systems use and market share, profitability, business value or other measures of competitive advantage and firm performance
  • Strategic analysis of IT and cloud computing services, sourcing, and contracts
  • Business strategy on the Internet, electronic markets and digital convergence
  • Property rights, incomplete contracts, transaction costs and other theories to understand inter-organizational IS
  • Channel development, transformation and conflict in the presence of emerging technologies
  • Product design with IT, and the bundling and pricing of physical and digital goods and services

The minitrack will also include a wide range of topics that may not be explicitly grounded in Economics. They include:

  • Privacy and privacy policies, including studies of consumer preferences and attitudes, and regulatory policies designed to balance the needs of the State for stability and self-preservation and the desires of citizens for anonymity and privacy.
  • Social networks and the changing nature of real world relationships, including but not limited to changes in dating, changes in relationships between employees and their organizations, and the changing relationship between employees at competing organizations based on prior social connections.
  • Changes in competition law, antitrust law, and regulation, based on new online business models
  • Social networks and social change, ranging from increased social cohesion to violent regime change

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Eric Clemons (Primary Contact)
University of Pennsylvania

Rajiv Dewan
University of Rochester

Robert Kauffman
Singapore Management University

Thomas Weber
Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne

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