[AISWorld] CfP: Special Issue on Contemporary Facets of IS Sourcing Practices: Crowdsourcing and Cloudsourcing

Armin Heinzl heinzl at uni-mannheim.de
Mon Sep 24 16:39:02 EDT 2012

Apologies for cross-posting

****************CALL FOR PAPERS****************

Special Issue on "Contemporary Facets of IS Sourcing Practices:  
Crowdsourcing and Cloudsourcing"


Submission due date: September 30, 2012

Editors: Armin Heinzl, Martin Schader, Marta Indulska, Michael Rosemann

Please find a detailed CfP below or online at  

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript are invited to get in  
touch with the editors.



The pervasiveness of the Internet provides individuals and  
organizations with new opportunities to access the knowledge,  
creativity, and innovative power of users and user communities which  
are often referred to as 'crowds'. Thus, the phenomenon of  
'crowdsourcing' refers to capitalizing on the potential of open, large  
groups of people via the Internet. Crowdsourcing approaches are  
applied in a wide range of contexts such as collective intelligence,  
open innovation, problem solving, human computation, user-generated  
content, creative design, social engagement, knowledge aggregation,  
and prediction markets, among others.

Cloudsourcing refers to the sourcing of complete computerized  
solutions supporting an organization or parts of it from a public or  
private cloud. Cloudsourcing providers typically offer solutions like  
cloud applications, cloud platforms, and technical cloud  
infrastructures. They enable businesses to gain access to people and  
business processes with specialized expertise, diverse business  
philosophies, and unique capabilities – without extending their  
infrastructure. Instead of spending valuable resources to develop  
in-house expertise over time, industry-educated experts and practices  
are available on demand to address important business challenges.

This special issue addresses both elements: Cloud computing as a  
delivery channel of new applications (Software-as-a-Service),  
platforms, and infrastructures, and the aspects that relate to  
utilizing highly specialized talents and expertise of the crowd, which  
is facilitated by the cloud. Crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing enables  
organizations to minimize time to project completion and to maximize  
access to the smartest global talents. Companies are able to quickly  
scale up and enhance overall performance. The recent announcement of  
IBM's future job model, which seeks to substitute tenure through  
temporary assignments, is a prominent example of how the adoption of  
crowdsourcing concepts may have a vast economic and social impact far
exceeding the boundaries of the firm.

In order to investigate the related organizational and technological  
concepts, we cordially invite contributions from theoretical,  
empirical, and design science research on the following and adjacent  

- Crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing taxonomies and classifications
- Crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing ecosystems and markets
- Open innovation and idea generation processes in internal and  
external crowds
- Collective intelligence and crowd wisdom
- Adoption of crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing service and business models
- Hybrid solutions of tangible, software, and human services
- Applications, software services, platforms, tools, and technologies  
for crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing
- Human computation, i.e., the study of systems where humans perform a  
major part of the computation or are an integral part of the overall  
computational system
- Quality assurance concepts and metrics for crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing
- Organizational and economic impact of crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing
- Risks and critical perspectives on crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing
- Social implications of crowdsourcing in the cloud
- Motivational aspects and incentive structures to participate in  
- Design of crowdsourcing and cloudsourcing workflows and processes
- Task characteristics and task design in cloud-enabled crowdsourcing


Submission of papers: September 30, 2012
Author notification: October 15, 2012
Completion of first revision: December 15, 2012
Author notification: January 31, 2013
Completion of a second revision: March 31, 2013
Author notification: May 15, 2013
Final revisions: June 15, 2013
Submission of camera-ready papers: June 30, 2013
Planned publication date: September 2013


Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl
University of Mannheim
68131 Mannheim
heinzl at uni-mannheim.de (Primary Contact)

Prof. Dr. Martin Schader
University of Mannheim
68131 Mannheim
martin.schader at uni-mannheim.de

Dr. Marta Indulska
University of Queensland
St Lucia Queensland 4072
m.indulska at business.uq.edu.au

Prof. Dr. Michael Rosemann
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane Queensland 4000
m.rosemann at qut.edu.au


Theoretical, empirical, and design-oriented contributions to these  
topics are welcome. All papers will be reviewed in an anonymous,  
double-blind process by distinguished referees with regard to  
relevance, originality, and research quality in order to guarantee the  
highest possible quality.

Contributions can be handed in English as of September 30, 2012.  
Manuscripts can be submitted at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/zfb.  
Please consider the author guidelines at http://www.zfb-online.de.


The Journal of Business Economics (JBE) was founded in 1924 by  
renowned business economics professors under the name “Zeitschrift für  
Betriebswirtschaft (ZfB)” and has since then been counted among the  
leading professional journals in the business economics sector. Today,  
it is edited by eleven university professors who serve as Department  
Editors. Information Systems is one of the departments of JBE. The  
editorial board members are from Europe, Japan and the USA. Further  
information is available at http://www.zfb-online.de.

As of January 1st, 2013, the JBE will only be published in English,  
but will still carry the German subtitle “Zeitschrift für  
Betriebswirtschaft.” It creates an international publication platform,  
allowing the published results to become globally recognized. This  
will make it more appealing for authors and in particular for young  
scientists to publish their articles in the JBE, while they can still  
benefit from the excellent established reputation of the “Zeitschrift  
für Betriebswirtschaft.” This benefit becomes even greater given that  
the journal will be incorporated into SpringerLink’s international  
collection “Business and Economics” and will become widespread  
throughout the world.

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