Theory and Information Systems Minitrack

The “Theory and Information Systems” minitrack invites submissions that review, integrate, or utilize meta-analytic approaches to building cumulative theory. Submissions which present “local” contextual theory are also welcome. Research over the last decades has emphasized theory development in IS and other social and behavioral sc ience disciplines. The resulting proliferation of theories and constructs may have redundancies, overlaps, and span disciplinary boundaries. Theory reviews, meta-analysis, and interrogation will help produce a cumulative tradition that will benefit the disciplines by producing meta-theory and frameworks to understand the relationships among theories. The goal of this minitrack is to provide social and behavioral sciences research with a better understanding of fundamental IS-relevant theories, help organize our theories to be accessible to practice, and increase our understanding of the philosophical commitments represented in their use.

Topics of interest in this minitrack include but are not limited to:

  • Integration or synthesis of social and behavioral science theories;
  • The theoretical ties and boundary spanning across different disciplines (e.g. healthcare and IS, and sustainability science and IS, energy informatics), and the trends in theories;
  • Approaches to theory meta-analysis (meta-review, meta-theorization, meta-statistical analysis)
  • Research on ontologies, taxonomies, framewor ks, and categorizations of constructs and variables used in information system theories;
  • The use of natural language processing, data mining, and predictive analytics to better understand and interrogate theories;
  • Discussion of the roles of theories used to explain, approaches used to predict (e.g. neural nets and big data), and of theories of understanding;
  • Exploration of the dependencies of constructs and variables;
  • Exploration of the boundaries of theory “domains.”

This minitrack also has an associated ISWorld website devoted to theories used in IS research ( — which won the 2005 AISWorldNet Challenge Award for the best website based on AISWorldNet user voting. We intend to uphold this high standard and advance the website further by increasing the synergy between minitrack outcomes and website content.

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Dirk S. Hovorka (Primary Contact)
University of Sydney, Australia

Kai R. Larsen
University of Colorado

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