August 5th-7th 2016, Ljungskile, Sweden

Diffusion of IS for Learning New Practices

Organizations increasingly introduce learning initiatives for continuous competence development and organisational transformation in order to stay competitive and to have competent professionals at the core of their performance. Many of the challenges for learning and competent acting are related to diffusion, adoption and implementation of various forms of IT and information systems. Learning and change are fundamental issues to be investigated in order to keep in pace with competiveness in a way that are attractive for both the individual employee and the organization as a whole.
With the theme of this conference we want to address issues related to learning new practices from the organizational and societal perspectives traditionally covered by IFIP Working Group 8.6 (Transfer and Diffusion of IS). The conference aims to cover information systems and technology issues, as well as organizational and managerial issues related to adoption and diffusion of IS/IT in general, and learning in new practices in particular.
Some possible questions and perspectives are identified below, although submissions on any traditional topic of IFIP WG 8.6 are also welcomed. Along with traditional papers, the conference is soliciting case studies, practitioner presentations, and poster sessions. Doctoral student plans and proposals are also invited for a poster session.



Examples of questions to address within the theme:

  •  What should the goals of IS/IT for learning be?
  •  What ethical, organisational, or behavioural theories can inform IS/IT and learning?
  •  How does one ensure the grounding of the learning?
  •  How can learning at work and community building be improved through IS/IT?
  •  What role takes IS/IT for the diffusion of learning within and between organizations?
  •  How can IS/IT be designed to facilitate learning in diffusion and adoption?
  •  How can adoption and diffusion research inform the design of learning?



We invite those interested in participating to submit one of the following:

  •  Completed research papers (7000 words maximum – strictly enforced)
  •  Case studies on adoption and diffusion of learning and competence initiatives (5000 words)
  •  Practitioner experience short papers (2500 words)
  •  Poster presentations and PhD student proposals (one page including text and graphics)
  •  Panel proposals


Papers will be double blind reviewed.

  • Papers are submitted via EasyChair which is a conference management system that is designed to help conference organisers in their work.

Important dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: 4 Februari 2016
  • Acceptance notification: 12 april 2016
  • Final camera-ready copy and early-registration: 2 May 2016

Call for papers