Societal Impact of IS

Track Description
Digital transformation is hailed as a great opportunity with numerous benefits for the economy and the society. Innovative technology enabled initiatives are being deployed to alleviate societal problems related to poverty, hunger, education, equality, health, sustainability etc. While technology has been effective in addressing many of the persistent societal issues, it also raises multifarious challenges relating to the quality of life, social inclusion/exclusion, discrimination, employment, civic participation, public and population health, sustainability, and more. Digital transformation yields social challenges for consumers and unforeseen policy challenges for legislators and regulators.

The IS community is uniquely positioned to holistically address issues of technological and societal changes and impacts, given its encompassing knowledge of both technical and social dimensions.

This track welcomes innovative, rigorous and relevant theoretical and empirical work examining the societal impacts stemming from the changing nature of and interaction with technology. Empirical (qualitative and quantitative) studies, conceptual/theoretical papers on theory development, design science, analytical, and computational studies will be considered. Various dimensions including social, economic, cultural, policy, or ethical issues can be involved in these relationships.

Track Chairs
Chrisanthi Avgerou, London School of Economics,
Brad Greenwood, George Mason University,
Shirish Srivastava, HEC Paris,


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Monday, December 14th

Digital Nudging in Online Grocery Stores – Towards Ecologically Sustainable Nutrition

Michelle Berger, University of Augsburg
Chiara Müller, University of Augsburg
Niclas Nüske, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg

Digital Platforms, Surveillance and Processes of Demoralization

Sung Hwan Chai, University of Manchester
Brian Nicholson, University of Manchester
Robert W Scapens, University of Manchester
ChunLei Yang, University of Manchester

Digital Religion: How Religious Organizations Derive Value from Technological Innovations

Tanya Giannelia, HEC Montréal

Flaws in flawlessness: Perfectionism as a new technology driven mental disorder

Darshana Sedera, Southern Cross University
Sachithra Lokuge, RMIT University

Hikikomori and Technology-Enabled Escapism: An Affordances and Constraints Perspective

Ha Eun Park, The University of Sydney
Barney Tan, The University of Sydney
Felix Tan, University of New South Wales
Jan Ondrus, ESSEC Business School
Takahiro Kato, Kyushu University

How do Fintech Firms Address Financial Inclusion?

PK Senyo, University of Southampton
Stan Karanasios, University of Queensland

IS for Good – 10 years to SDG: Where we have been and where we need to go?

Carmen LEONG, University of New South Wales
Felix Tan, University of New South Wales
Manju Ahuja, University of Louisville

Promoting Eco-Sustainable Behavior with Gamification: An Experimental Study on the Alignment of Competing Goals

Anna-Raissa Seidler, University of Passau
Christopher Henkel, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Marina Fiedler, University of Passau
Johann Kranz, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Anne Ixmeier, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Kim Simon Strunk, University of Passau

Status (dis)Advantage: Stakeholder Diversity and Deviation in Group Norms in Online Matrimonial Platforms

Sabari Rajan Karmegam, University of Maryland
Anand Gopal, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
David Waguespack, University of Maryland

The Impact of Data Philanthropy on Global Health When Mediated Through Digital Epidemiology

Pranjal Awasthi, Texas A&M University
Jordana J. George, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University

The Power of Silence - A Multimodal System to Detect Document Fraud with Nonverbal Behaviors

Xinran Wang, University of Arizona
Saiying Ge, University of Arizona
Bradley L. Walls, University of Arizona
Xunyu Chen, University of Arizona

The Pursuit of Perfect Control and Ultimate Outreach: Social Fintech Platforms, Microcredit Agents and Surveillance

Erica Souza Siqueira, EAESP/FGV
Eduardo Henrique Diniz, FGV
Marlei Pozzebon, HEC Montreal & FGV/EAESP

To Substitute or to Supplement? - Investigating the Heterogeneous Effects of Electric Scooter Platform Introduction on Micromobility

Karsten Schroer, University of Cologne
Maurice Pohl, University of Cologne
Wolfgang Ketter, University of Cologne

Towards a Utilized Ridesharing Service for Older People: A New Approach

Iris Lohja, Grenoble Alpes University
Christine VERDIER, Grenoble Alpes University
Agnès Front, Grenoble Alpes University

Towards Understanding Social Sustainability: An Information Systems Research-Perspective

Thorsten Schoormann, University of Hildesheim
Kristin Kutzner, University of Hildesheim

Transformation to Sustainable Building Energy Systems: A Decision Support System

Tobias Kraschewski, Leibniz University of Hanover
Tim Brauner, Leibniz University of Hanover
Sarah Eckhoff, Information Systems Institute, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Michael H. Breitner, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Using Machine Learning to Improve the Sustainability of the Online Review Market

Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu, University of Otago
Jacqueline Corbett, Université Laval
Muhammad Yasir, University of Otago
Vijaya Lakshmi, Université Laval