Global Issues in IS

Track Chairs

Fred Niederman

Saint Louis University

G. ‘Hari’ Harindranath

Royal Holloway, University of London

Choon Ling Sia

City University of Hong Kong


Globalization has enabled unprecedented capabilities for organizations (sourcing materials, providing products and services around the world), for individuals (opening travel and communication channels), and for countries (seeking and dispensing financial, intellectual property, and material goods).  At the same time it has contributed to displacement of jobs and opportunities, of traditional alliances and allegiances, and of clearly defined national and ethnic identification.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are a result of such globalization (worldwide markets create the volume for profitable introduction of many new technological advances) as well as an important case of such globalization.  Global financial and monetary exchange capabilities, software embedded in all sorts of products, and mobile devices powerful as yesterday’s mainframes that most of us now carry around in our pockets have stimulated a world that has been described as “flat” and “boundary-less”.

Topics of Interest

This track welcomes ICT related research addressing issues that surround global, international, and cross cultural issues.

The track is open to all methodological approaches and perspectives. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • *Cross-national and cross-cultural comparisons of IT adoption, use, and development (e.g. ERP diffusion and impacts compared between different economies)
  • Globally distributed teams and ICT use in multinational organizations (e.g. cross national delivery of services, multinational sourcing or distribution, offshoring and distributed projects)
  • IT adoption, policy, and investment at the national level (e.g. e-government and regulations across countries)
  • IT addressing global issues such as water, food, energy, climate, disaster relief, and other cross-national phenomena
  • Impacts of cultural values (e.g. on systems use, adoption or development)
  • Social computing impacts (e.g. effects of social media on building international ties; differential effects of social media in varied locations)
  • Global knowledge management (e.g. different knowledge-sharing cultures and practices in multi-national corporations; managing knowledge about global or multi-national issues)
  • Global information governance (e.g. regimes for standardizing and regulating cyber-institutions)
  • ICT Security particularly as regards the necessitating of collaboration for common purpose across groups, nations, and regimes

Associate Editors

  • Ben Liu, City University of Hong Kong
  • Carol Hsu, Tongji University, China
  • Felix Tan Ter-Chian, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Kevin Kuan, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Chuan Luo, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
  • Ling Xue, Georgia State University
  • Roberto Evaristo, Private Industry
  • Sidne Ward, University of Missouri Kansas City, USA
  • Brent Gallupe, Queens University, Canada
  • Raquel Benbunan-Fich, Baruch University, USA
  • Edward Bernroider, WU Vienna, Austria
  • Barbara Krumay, WU Vienna, Austria
  • Priya Seetharaman, Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta, India
  • Mahesh Raisinghani, Texas Womens University, USA
  • Irwin Brown, University of Capetown, South Africa