Track Chairs: Monideepa Tarafdar, Jan Recker, Julia Kotlarsky

Panel 1: The Future Impact of AI on Academic Journals and the Editorial Process

Monday, December 11 – 14:00 to 15:30 IST – Hall 6


  • David G. Schwartz, Graduate School of Business, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Dov Te’eni, Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Sirkka L Jarvenpaa, IROM, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States
  • Galit Shmueli, Institute of Service Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • Kalle Lyytinen, Design&Innovation, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Michel Avital, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark

This panel explores the emerging impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on academic journals and editorial processes. Scholarly publishing is on the cusp of transformation, as generative and other AI technologies challenge established norms and procedures. Advancements could either revolutionize or gradually evolve the intricate ecosystems of academic journals, responsible for validating and disseminating knowledge. How might this happen? Panellists will consider how AI could reshape editorial boards, redefine reviewer roles, and influence the academic value chain. The panel will address concerns about AI-driven review processes, biases, training data, and the integration of Human-in-the-loop AI. The panel will also examine the role of academic journals as drivers of research and innovation, with AI’s potential to alter communication, quality assessment, and the building blocks of archival knowledge. Highly experienced editors will share insights, concerns and predictions, engage with audience perspectives, and illuminate the challenges and opportunities that AI brings to scholarly pursuits.

Panel 2: Intellectual diversity in the IS discipline: Do we need to do more?

Tuesday, December 12 – 14:00 to 15:30 IST – Hall 6


  • Andrew Burton-Jones, University of Queensland
  • Yolande Chan, McGill University
  • Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen, Aalto University
  • Nancy Pouloudi, Athens University
  • Varun Grover, University of Arkansas
  • Suprateek Sarker, University of Virginia

The IS discipline is generally regarded as being intellectually diverse in terms of methods and theories. Is this enough or do we need to expand our diversification? This panel explores, broadly, three questions – (1) different interpretations of Intellectual Diversity in the current times, for journals specifically and the IS discipline generally; (2) the implications of the pursuit of Intellectual Diversity for the IS discipline; and (3) the intersections of intellectual diversity with other forms of diversity.

Panel 3: Societal digitalization, value dilemmas, and the ‘digital first’ paradigm: The broader questions of contract tracing apps in the post pandemic period

Wednesday, December 13 – 09:00 – 10:30 IST – Hall 6


  • Ojelanki Ngwenyama, Toronto Metropolitan University & University of Cape Town
  • Dr Saeed Akhlaghpour, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Frantz Rowe, IAE LEMNA, University of Nantes, Nantes, FranceProfessor
  • Karin Hedström, Örebro University , School of Business , Örebro , N/A, Sweden
  • Daniel Schlagwein, The University of Sydney, Australia

Recent announcements of ChatGPT and the World Health Organization commissioning Deutsche Telekom to build a smart vaccine passport based on QR Code technology have brought digital risks to the forefront of IS discourse. These announcements seem to follow the ‘digital first’ or ‘digital by default’ paradigm and its ‘ontological reversal and technically feasible design philosophy’ which challenge core assumptions of the socio-technical approach of the IS discipline. Other recent experiences with contact tracing apps raise several philosophical issues about digital design and human freedoms (ethical design, mass surveillance, and information privacy) in the emerging digital risk society. The purpose of this panel is to advance and expand critical debate in the IS discipline on these important issues of the emerging digital risk society to help: (1) build a better understanding the emerging research problems, and (2) mobilize scientific capabilities across the different paradigms of the IS discipline to develop solutions.