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Digital Work

Digital technologies afford great opportunities to shape the future of work. For decades, IS research has discussed technology-induced changes of how work is and could be done. Examples are the E-Lance Economy (Malone/Laubacher 1998), supporting work (CSCW, outsourcing) and teams (FLOSS) that are distributed over spatial, temporal and cultural distances and their impact on private and social life. The ubiquity of modern technologies such as smart phones, tablet and wearables that were mostly aimed at off-the-job purposes now offer even broader opportunities as they are increasingly used to improve work-related tasks as well. This facilitates more flexible and individualized work structures and is currently reflected in concepts such as location independent work or digital nomadism. The track invites contributions that help to understand and design all facets of digital work including requirements, opportunities and intended and unintended consequences. From an organizational perspective, we need to develop and evaluate adequate governance and management concepts. For individuals, much research is needed to understand how IT can be used to support and balance work and life tasks. At the same time, we need to be aware of and find answers to a possible dark side of digital work. For example, the often discussed Home Office option can offer better flexibility and integration of an individual’s different life goals yet possibly at the cost of social isolation, career disadvantages and additional work load. What, then, are novel ideas and concepts for using digital technologies to improve how humans can work? Due to the interdisciplinary nature of work-related topics, we explicitly welcome all methods and also approaches from other disciplines such as management and psychology.

Potential topics

  • new work modes enabled by digital technologies
  • social change and technology
  • opportunities and perils associated with tele work/home office/job sharing
  • individualized IT
  • work life balance and the intersection of work and private life
  • “smart” technologies
  • virtual/augmented reality for digital work
  • concepts and design theories fort the modern work place
  • collabortaive work
  • gamification on the job
  • digital work culture and lifestyles
  • identifying and matching candidates, firms, and tasks

Track Chairs

Prof. Dr. Tim Weitzel
Universität Bamberg
Prof. Dr. Dr. Björn Niehaves
Universität Siegen

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Associate Editors

Angelika C. Bullinger-Hoffmann , TU Chemnitz
Ricardo Büttner, University of Hohenheim // FOM Univ. of Applied Sciences
Andreas Eckhardt, GGS Heilbronn
Sven Laumer, Universität Bamberg
Christian Maier, Universität Bamberg
Volkmar Pipek, Universität Siegen
Daniel Schlagwein , UNSW Australia
Kai Spohrer, Universität Mannheim
Stefan  Strohmeier, Universität des Saarlandes
Heinz-Theo Wagner, GGS Heilbronn

Track 4 - Session 1

Digitale Arbeit / Digital Work

13.02.2017, 13:30-15:00, Raum: 01-104

Session Chair: Christian Maier

Diana Renner; Sven Laumer: Development and Test of a Semi-structured Explorative Survey Methodology to Analyze Appropriate Learning Methods for Technology-related Training across the Phases of Technology

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Caroline Ernestine Oehlhorn; Sven Laumer; Christian Maier: About Well-considered Decisions, Favorable Alternatives and Sudden Ideas: A Qualitative Research to Identify Beliefs that Influence Women to Study Information Systems in Germany

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Thomas Wagenknecht; Jan Crommelinck; Timm Teubner; Christof Weinhardt: When Life Gives You Lemons: How rating scales affect user activity and frustration in collaborative evaluation processes

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Track 4 - Session 2

13.02.2017, 15:30-17:00, Raum: 01-104

Session Chair:
Tim Weitzel

David Durward; Ivo Blohm: The Rise of Crowd Aggregators - How Individual Workers Restructure Their Own Crowd

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Christina Niemöller; Benedikt Zobel; Lisa Berkemeier; Dirk Metzger; Sebastian Werning; Thomas Adelmeyer; Ingmar Ickerott; Oliver Thomas: Sind Smart Glasses die Zukunft der Digitalisierung von Arbeitsprozessen? Explorative Fallstudien zukünftiger Einsatzszenarien in der Logistik

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