As WITS is a workshop, it encourages submission of papers that report on early stage of research and that will lead to interesting discussion at the workshop. Papers that are of interest to the IT community utilizing any problem-solving paradigm, such as empirical, analytical, behavioral, experimental, or computational, are invited.
The WITS community seeks to encourage dissertations that subscribe to its general philosophy. The workshop invites research focused on addressing complex business problems or societal issues using current and emerging information technologies. The research that can change the way information technology functions (e.g., by designing, modifying, or constructing systems) so that it can better solve real-world problems is of particular interest to the WITS community. All problem-solving paradigms – including empirical, analytical, behavioral, experimental, and computational – are invited. Integrative approaches, whether methodological or functional, are welcome. WITS research is often prescriptive (toward providing a solution to a problem), rather than descriptive (explaining a phenomenon), unless the explanation clearly helps in developing a solution. We encourage doctoral students, whose dissertation research conforms to this general philosophy in any way, to submit extended abstracts of their dissertation proposals. A committee of senior scholars will evaluate the submissions and select several best dissertation proposals for presentation at the workshop or to be exhibited as posters. The best paper and runner up will receive awards at the Workshop. The registration fee will be waived for all participants whose proposals are accepted.
Demos, prototypes and posters showcase implementations of innovative IT artifacts (i.e., constructs, models, methods). They provide opportunities to demonstrate and discuss emerging IT artifacts with researchers and practitioners
Instructional innovation submissions can describe either innovative instructional technologies or teaching cases, and should emphasize innovative use of IT or business cases in the classroom related to teaching IS/IT topics. The objective of innovations in instructional technology and teaching cases is to bring together well-developed ideas that can assist the academic community in their quest to deliver information technology curricula.
Journal Publication Opportunity
Authors of selected workshop papers and research prototypes will be invited to submit complete versions of their research for review and possible publication in a special issue of one or two Information Systems journals. The details related this will be announced later when the final arrangements have been made.
Information For Panel Organization
Panel discussions are forums that allow researchers to discuss complementary or conflicting perspectives. Typical panel proposals will have the following elements: Introduction, Specific issue and (conflicting) positions from panelists, panel structure (timing, format, etc), commitment to attend from the workshop from panel members, biographical information on the panelists and moderator reflecting their expertise on the subject, and references. Please submit your panel proposals directly to the program co-chairs.
Regular Paper Submissions
Submitted regular research papers are limited to 15 double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 8.5″ by 11″ pages (including tables, figures, and references and 1″ margins on all sides). All submissions will be subject to double blind review. Selection for presentation at the workshop and publication in the proceedings will be based on originality, contribution to the field, and workshop interest. As WITS is a workshop, WITS particularly encourages early stage research papers.
The submission template is available for download HERE.
Dissertation Proposal Submissions
The applicant must not have completed the dissertation, but must have successfully proposed it, by July 1, 2015. Dissertation proposals should follow the same formatting requirements as regular papers, and should not exceed 10 pages. They should be submitted in the PDF format to the WITS Student Dissertation Proposal Competition (WISP-15) event on EasyChair at the following address: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wisp15.
Demo/Prototype/Poster and Instructional Innovation Submissions
Demos, prototypes submissions should include, wherever feasible, links to the associated software or demo (along with screenshot(s) to provide the audience an indication of the functionality).
For instructional technologies, the submitted materials should include technology overview and demonstration, along with an integrated business application context. For teaching cases, the submission should provide detailed descriptions of the cases as well as suggestions and lessons learned regarding the adoptions of the cases in classrooms. Instructional innovation submissions should follow a similar format as demo/prototype submissions but instead articulate the quest to improve IT curricula, or teaching pedagogy. Demo/prototypes and instructional innovation papers should follow the same formatting requirements as regular papers, and should not exceed 10 pages. Accepted demo/prototypes and instructional innovation papers will be presented as posters during the workshop.
All submissions must be sent in electronic form using the WITS 2015 submission system.
Please select your submission category from one of the following four in the process of submission:
- Completed Research Paper (maximum 15 pages)
- Dissertation Proposal (maximum 10 pages)
- Demo/Prototype (maximum 10 pages)
- Instructional Innovation (maximum 10 pages + additional materials as needed)