Call for Papers

CfP special issue on "IOS 2.0 – New aspects on inter-organizational integration through Enterprise 2.0 technologies"

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Guest Editors

  • Christy M.K. Cheung, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • Martin Mocker, MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems, USA
    and Reutlingen University, Germany
  • Daniel Schlagwein, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Holger Schrödl, University of Magdeburg, Germany
  • Ali Sunyaev, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Klaus Turowski, University of Magdeburg, Germany


Partnering and sourcing of assets are vital necessities for every organization striving to gain competitive advantage in today’s markets. The concentration on core competencies with an increasing integration of supplier-generated products and services to achieve an integrated solution provides companies with a strategically important way to strengthen their market position. While this transition has been seen in traditional markets such as manufacturing and automotive industries for more than 20 years, similar market strategies are now arising in service-oriented and electronic markets. This development is leading to new challenges in inter-organizational connectivity. In service-oriented markets, the exchange of relevant and timely information with all participants in the value chain is crucial for market success. Information technology acts as the central enabler for these market structures. Today, inter-organizational integration to achieve cooperation is strongly influenced by new technology-based communication and collaboration mechanisms such as online communities and social networks, blogs, wikis or instant messaging. The use of these mechanisms can form the basis for inter-organizational systems enabling strategic relationships, both temporary and longer term, between companies.

The core question is how these new forms of communication and cooperation – often summarized under the term “Enterprise 2.0” – can significantly help to create added value. Inter-organizational integration through previous technologies such as electronic data interchange (EDI) now faces the opportunities and challenges of Enterprise 2.0 technologies. Furthermore, the successful use of technologies such as blogs, wikis, digital social networks and instant messaging has been sufficiently demonstrated within individual organizations. But the use of Enterprise 2.0 mechanisms in inter-organizational information systems provides new challenges for the participants involved. Examples of these challenges include the redefinition of business processes and the adaptation of inter-organizational governance structures to accommodate these new and less formal ways of communication. Against this background, the questions are: how do Enterprise 2.0 technologies significantly affect inter-organizational communication and collaboration, which recipes for success are available to support their use and how does their use affect the players involved?

Central issues and themes

This special issue is intended for academics and practitioners and will facilitate a discussion between theory and practice. Central topics include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Application areas and purpose of Enterprise 2.0 technology in inter-organizational use 
  • New business models of inter-organizational integration
  • Changes in inter-organizational integration
  •  Optimization of strategic and ad hoc value-added networks through the use of Enterprise 2.0 technologies
  • Changes of actors and roles in inter-organizational integration
  • Case studies of inter-organizational integration based on Enterprise 2.0 technologies
  • Service orientation and cloud technology for inter-organizational integration
  • Impact of cloud computing on inter-organizational integration
  • Provisioning of inter-organizational cloud services
  • Certification, monitoring and audit of inter-organizational cloud services
  • Transparency, trust and acceptance of inter-organizational cloud services
  • Enterprise 2.0 as a new inter-organizational paradigm
  • Challenges and opportunities for inter-organizational systems based on Enterprise 2.0
  • New architectures for inter-organizational aspects (architectural concepts, reference models and architectural artifacts)
  • Trends in inter-organizational integration
  • Inter-organizational relevance of integrated information systems/enterprise systems
  • Economic, social, political and legal changes through Enterprise 2.0 technologies in inter-organizational integration
  • Mechanisms for dealing with the challenges of inter-organizational systems based on Enterprise 2.0 technologies

Additional topic suggestions are welcome.

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Important deadlines

 Submission Deadline: September 16, 2013