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 Call for Papers on Collaborative Research
Posted by: Triparna de Vreede
Title/Position: Faculty
School/Organization: University of South Florida
Sent to listserv of: SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: April 6th, 2016

HICSS-50 Call for papers for the minitrack on:
Part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track of the
Fiftieth Annual Hawai'i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS)
Big Island - January 4-7, 2017

Papers are invited for the minitrack on "Social & Psychological Perspectives in Collaboration Research" as part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).

One of the major assets of any organization is its people. Understanding of the people and their social, psychological, cultural, and emotional environment helps organizations develop systems and processes that can lead to a productive workplace. Changes in technology, globalization, and increased competition have all created an environment in which an understanding of people is the critical link that is needed in order to survive and thrive in today’s competitive environment.

Technology supported collaboration and communication between individuals entails complex social and psychological situations. An understanding of social and psychological aspects of collaboration is essential to creating and sustaining productive work environments. The use of collaboration and communication systems and the consequences of such use are framed by the psychological and social factors concerning the users and their work environment. It is important to understand these factors to successfully facilitate the sustained implementation and use of these technologies. Further, knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of technology-supported collaboration and communication also assists in detecting, avoiding, and effectively resolving the issues that may arise from using such technologies. Thus, it is essential to study the psycho-social issues surrounding the design and usage of these technologies.

Modern collaboration technologies, including but not limited to Social Media and Web 2.0, offer various ways to connect, collaborate, form communities, and share information and knowledge. As many organizations are figuring out productive ways to create value from collaborative networks, researchers have intensified efforts to understand and design ways in which communication technologies can support both work-related and pleasure related activities. Such research often involves or requires psychosocial perspectives.

Thus, this minitrack provides one of the key international platforms to host research papers and presentations that provide a social/psychological perspective on studying issues related to the dynamic interplay between people, their environment, and the collaboration technologies they use. Some examples of areas which can be a part of the minitrack include:

* Personality, behavioral, and social factors related to communication and collaboration in co-located and distributed groups
* Social and psychological effects of using systems to support collaboration
* Attractions and affiliations in groups arising from use of social networks
* Team/group psychology and use of communication technologies
* Effects and consequences of personality on system design and use
* Psycho-social factors influencing acceptance and implementation of collaboration technologies
* Virtual leadership and leadership at a distance
* Online aggression and violence
* Motivating employees to adopt, create, use collaborative work practices
* Correlations between organizational performance and attention to human capital
* Influence of communication technologies on perceptions of self and others
* Emotion and networking technologies
* Social and interpersonal implications of communications over cyberspace
* Internet dependencies and addictions
* Online evaluations and assessments of social and psychological well being
* Interpersonal treatment with the use of online technologies
* Human Resource practices online (e.g. performance appraisal, hiring and firing, job analysis)
* Altruism, conformity, and other social factors in online communications

However, the above examples do not provide a comprehensive overview. We invite any paper that contains original research highlighting the human component in collaboration and communication technologies. There are no preferred methodological stances for this minitrack: this minitrack is open to both qualitative and quantitative research, to research from a positivist, interpretivist, or critical perspective, to studies from the lab, from the field, design-oriented or developmental in nature.

Broad themes and topics of relevance to this minitrack include, but are not limited to (related topics not listed are especially welcome):
* Social psychology (e.g. Motivation, Trust, Social learning, Self efficacy, Behavioral theories)
* Organizational psychology (e.g. Self monitoring, Interpersonal treatment, OCBs, Globalization)
* Cultural psychology
* Personality
* Leadership
* Prejudice and discrimination
* Attitudes and social intelligence
* Violence and aggression
* Attractions and affiliations in groups
* Group psychology (e.g. Social loafing,
* Mood and emotions
* Diversity
* Internet use and social/psychological well being
* Sexual harassment
* Performance appraisal


Gert-Jan de Vreede (primary contact)
Information Systems & Decision Sciences Department
University of South Florida

Triparna de Vreede
Information Systems & Decision Sciences Department
University of South Florida

The purpose of HICSS is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, research results, development activities, and applications among academicians and practitioners in computer-based systems sciences. The conference consists of tutorials, advanced seminars, presentations of accepted papers, open forum, tasks forces, and plenary and distinguished guest lectures. There is a high degree of interaction and discussion among the conference participants because the conference is conducted in a workshop-like setting.

Instructions for submitting papers:
1. Submit an electronic copy of the full paper, 10 pages including title page, abstract, references and diagrams using the review system available at the HICSS site-, make sure that the authors’ names and affiliation information has been removed to ensure an anonymous review.
2. Do not submit the paper to more than one minitrack. The paper should contain original material and not be previously published or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.
3. Provide the required information to the review system such as title, full name of all authors, and their complete addresses including affiliation(s), telephone number(s) and e-mail address(es).
4. The first page of the paper should include the title and a (max) 300-word abstract.

* May 15: OPTIONAL: Abstracts submitted to Minitrack Chairs for guidance, indication of appropriate content and to receive instructions on submitting full paper.
* June 15: Full papers uploaded in the directory of the appropriate minitrack.
* August 15: Notification of accepted papers mailed to authors.
* September 15: Accepted manuscripts, camera-ready, uploaded; author(s) must register by this time.

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