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23-03 - Openness and IT


Location: Fürstenberghaus
Address: Domplatz 20-22 48143 Münster Germany
Room: F33
Date: 28 May 13:30 - 15:30


Over the past decade, IT-enabled “openness” has received an increasing amount of attention from IS researchers, including multiple workshops, conferences and journal special issues devoted to a variety of open phenomenon such as open source software, open content and open innovation. In the IS context, openness typically refers to technological and legal accessibility of IT artefacts, transparent and permeable organizational structures, and distributed collaborative processes based on knowledge sharing between peers. Such technological, structural and procedural openness has significant social and business implications. For example, individual users actively participate in the creation of global knowledge goods (e.g., Wikipedia or Linux). A new generation of “open” entrepreneurs can be seen to leverage the power of crowds in the design and delivery of products and services and in the funding of their business ventures. For established businesses, openness has changed approaches to business model architectures and innovation, both through “internal openness” (e.g., inner source software, internal co-creation platforms and enterprise social software) and “external openness” (e.g., open innovation markets, open sourcing, and crowdsourcing), and more often through combinations of internal and external strategies. Likewise, open technologies are central to new intra- and inter-organizational forms of value creation, supporting “ecosystems” of in(ter)dependent actors (e.g., the ecosystem around Google’s Android OS, or Facebook’s app platform). What is more, openness shifts power structures by relatively devaluing physical production facilities (which can now often been booked as on-demand services) and emphasizing the value of information, and IT-enabled business models. As a consequence, openness is a disruptive force not only in digital content industries such as music and news, but also in sectors such as manufacturing and financial services. Increasingly, the academic sector and the research community itself face new challenges (and opportunities) emerging from the combination of openness and IT. We believe that IS, as a discipline, is particularly well positioned to study open phenomena that involve technology, individuals, organizations and societies. The aim of the third consecutive ECIS track on Openness and IT is to provide a forum for the most recent work in this growing and important IS research domain. We invite theoretical, empirical and applied research papers that will significantly contribute to our theoretical and practical understanding of openness; its manifestations, antecedents and, most critically, its impacts on individuals, organizations and society.


  • Session 3
    • Schlagwein, Daniel (UNSW Australia)

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Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 23-03 - Openness and IT
Track: 23 - Openness and IT
The advent of Bitcoin in 2009 has not only introduced Cryptocurrencies and lead to a new digitization movement in the financial, especially payments industry but also made way for a new breed of innova-tive technologies based on decentralized digital currencies. Generally, decentralized consensus sys-tems could change the very nature of how companies, organizations and individuals are built and in ... More
Presented by Florian GLASER on 28/5/2015 at 12:00
Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 23-03 - Openness and IT
Track: 23 - Openness and IT
Crowdfunding platforms offer promising opportunities for project founders to publish their project ideas and to collect money in order to be able to realize them. Consequently, the question of what influences the successful funding of projects, i.e., reaching the target amount of money, is very important. Building upon media richness theory and the concept of reciprocity, we extend previous resear ... More
Presented by Jascha-Alexander KOCH on 28/5/2015 at 11:30
Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 23-03 - Openness and IT
Track: 23 - Openness and IT
In the future, if businesses want to innovate, IT will have to play a substantial role. Furthermore, innovating with IT will most likely imply opening up the innovation channel and collaborating with various kinds of external partners, as digital platforms and eco-systems involving various actors arise. According to prior research, emphasizing external innovation collaboration bears the risk of in ... More
Presented by Andre HANELT on 28/5/2015 at 15:00
Type: Complete Research Paper Session: 23-03 - Openness and IT
Track: 23 - Openness and IT
PowerPoint continues to permeate the presentation genre in general and business communication in particular. Whereas PowerPoint’s role in organizational practices has caught increasing research interest, research on PowerPoint in digital innovation is still scarce. This study provides comprehensive insights into PowerPoint use and misuse through an ethnographically informed field study of employ ... More
Presented by Raffaele CIRIELLO, Alexander RICHTER on 28/5/2015 at 12:30
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