[AISWorld] CfP HICSS-52 Digital Government Theory: Development, Integration, and Application (Minitrack)

Hans Jochen Scholl jscholl at uw.edu
Mon May 21 01:23:50 -04 2018

Deadline Approaching!

52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-52)
January 8-11, 2019——Grand Wailea Hotel, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Submission Deadline (June 15, 2018)

Call for Papers

Digital Government Theory: Development, Integration, and Application (Minitrack)

In fields of study that intersect with Digital Government, such as Administrative Sciences and Management Information Systems, the role of theory has been discussed for at least a couple of decades if not longer. While some have asserted that "Theory is King" (Straub, 2009) others call this the "theory fetish" (Avison & Malaurent, 2014), or even hold that the ‘blanket insistence on theory, or the requirement of an articulation of theory in everything we write, actually retards our ability to achieve our end: understanding.’ (Hambrick, 2007, p. 1346). We intend to further this discussion and extend it into, or rather reanimate it, in the domain of Digital Government.

Digital Government, formerly also referred to as electronic government, has evolved tremendously over the last few decades. The Digital Government Reference Library contains more than 10,500 peer-reviewed publications. This multi-disciplinary study domain benefits from researchers and practitioners from diverse fields, including but not limited to public administration, information systems, information science, and political science. As the domain matures, it is useful for scholars and other stakeholders to examine the state of the body of knowledge.

To this end, several key questions emerge. Given the applied nature of Digital Government, what is the role of theory? What are the fundamental theoretical contributions to or from Digital Government discipline, if any? What is the appropriate balance of theory and practice in this domain of study? What are the reference disciplines for Digital Government, if any? Does Digital Government have, or shall Digital Government have, a "home" (anchor) discipline? Is Digital Government (can, or shall, it evolve into) its own discipline? What relevance does the Digital Government body of knowledge have to practice?

The purpose of this mini-track is to explore the role of theory development in this applied discipline. We hope to receive submissions from scholars with diverse views on the current status of the domain and the role of theory development in it.

We welcome submissions on varied topics, such as (but not limited to):

— Digital Government Theory Development
— The Role of Theory Development and Theory Integration in Digital Government
— Fundamental Digital Government Theories
— The Status of the Digital Government Domain (discipline, or not?)
— The Future of Digital Government Research
— Digital Government Research Methodologies
— Digital Government Reference Disciplines, if any
— Multi-disciplinary studies in Digital Government
— Inter-disciplinary studies in Digital Government

Minitrack papers should be submitted online via the HICSS submission system by June 15, 2018. The accepted papers will be used to drive the discussion at a pre-conference workshop that explores e-government theory development and its relationship to applied research in the field. We will recruit workshop participants with diverse views on the role of theory development in e-government to promote critical discussion of the current status and future trajectory of the discipline.

More information under : 
http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss52/digital-government-theory.php <http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss52/digital-government-theory.php> and
http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss52/ <http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/hicss52/> as well as
http://hicss.hawaii.edu <http://hicss.hawaii.edu/>

In case of questions please contact the 

Mintrack Co-chairs

Hans J (Jochen) Scholl (lead)
University of Washington  
Email: jscholl at uw.edu <mailto:jscholl at uw.edu>

Lemuria Carter 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
Email: Ldcarter at vcu.edu <mailto:Ldcarter at vcu.edu>

John Carlo Bertot  
University of Maryland  
Email: jbertot at umd.edu <mailto:jbertot at umd.edu>

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