Information Technology

 Advances in information technologies (including computing, communications, media, and Internet technologies) have significantly transformed the way we live, work, and play. In such a digital world, teams have to leverage on information technologies in novel ways to improve their performance. For example, global virtual teams have to employ information technologies to coordinate themselves and work in ways not possible before. Organizations have to leverage on information technologies in novel ways to attain and sustain competitive advantage. For example, information technologies can make possible new business strategies and new work arrangements as well as facilitate effective sharing of knowledge resources. Also, information technologies can give rise to service systems that effectively link organizations with their suppliers, customers, and business partners. Communities have to leverage on information technologies in novel ways to organize themselves. For example, virtual communities and social networks that offer utilitarian or hedonic value to their members have proliferated at a rate not seen before. Nations have to leverage on information technologies in novel ways to engage their citizens. For example, government services are being provided and citizen opinions are being sought in increasingly innovative ways. The effects arising from these and other advances in information technologies are of interest to readers of this journal.

These far reaching effects clearly suggest that information technologies are strategic to teams, organizations, communities, and nations. Effective development, deployment, and management of information technologies make all the difference and are keys to success. In developing information technologies, there have been an increasing number of alternative paradigms and sourcing choices. In deploying information technologies, there have been greater work implications and assimilation challenges. In managing information technologies, there have been growth in scope of investment decisions and scale of project complexity. Knowledge about these and other new options for effective development, deployment, or management of information technologies is of interest to readers of this journal.

Theory driven research that serves to advance our knowledge on any of these topics are welcome. Data-driven research that leverages on big datasets and advanced analytics to generate insights into any of the above topics are also welcome.