Conference Programme and Proceedings

A copy of the full conference programme can be downloaded here.

Conference Programme at a Glance

Day Time Event
7th December
4.00pm-6.00pm Conference Registration
5.00pm-6.30pm Welcome Reception
8th December
8.00am - 3.30pm Conference Registration
9.00am-9.30am Opening Ceremony
9.30am-10.30am Keynote Address: City University of Hong Kong Professor Robert M Davison
10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
11.00am-12.30pm Session 1
12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm-3.00pm Session 2
3.00pm-3.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm-5.00pm Session 3
5.00pm-7.00pm 25 Years of Australasian Conferences and Women in IT Reception
9th December
8.30am - 3.30pm Conference Registration
9.30am-10.30am Keynote Address: IBM Research Manager Dr. Jürg von Känel
10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
11.00am-12.30pm Session 4
12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch and ACPHIS Meeting
1.30pm-3.00pm Session 5
3.00pm-3.30pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm-5.00pm Session 6
5.00pm-6.00pm Australasian Association of Information Systems Annual General Meeting
6.00pm-12.00am Conference Dinner at Auckland Harbour Floating Pavilion
10th December
8.30am - 1.00pm Conference Registration
9.30am-11:00am Session 7
11.00am-11.30am Morning Tea
11.30am-1.00pm Session 8
1.00pm-1.15pm Closing Remarks
1.15pm-2.00pm ACIS Rolling Committee Meeting


The ACIS 2014 Proceedings are available now through the AUT Scholarly Commons, an open access research repository. ACIS 2014 is emphasising electronic distribution of material - the Proceedings are solely online and the conference program is designed to be downloadable and used during the conference. There will be a ACIS 2014 conference wifi available to conference delegates.

Publishing Workshops

"Publishing in International Journals" - Led by Robert Davison (City University of Hong Kong)
To increase the likelihood that participants’ research will be published, the workshop will focus on helping participants develop a publishing strategy, by clarifying the general principles of good research, the critical role of theory and the importance of making an interesting contribution. The discussion will also examine how authors can manage the expectations of top journals, and handle the review and revision process. The goals of the workshop are to: open up the “black box” of publishing, encourage the undertaking and writing of high quality, publishable, consumable research, highlight key attributes of good and bad research, and provide insights into how editors (and reviewers) think.

"Publish and Flourish: IS Reseach for the Year 2020" - Led by Rob Kauffman (Singapore Management University)
It’s no secret: to publish in the best journals in the discipline, you must choose important problems, ask interesting research questions, create and leverage useful theory, and apply leading-edge methods and data to stay ahead of the pack. In this full-day workshop, we will explore four topics in an interactive and exploratory way:

Research Methods Tutorials & Workshops

Research Methods

Tutorial: "Bayesian Structural Equation Models for Cumulative Theory Building in Information Systems - A Brief Tutorial Using BUGS and R" - Led by Joerg Evermann, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Structural equation models (SEM) are frequently used in Information Systems (IS) to analyze and test theoretical propositions. As IS researchers frequently reuse measurement instruments and adapt or extend theories, it is not uncommon for a researcher to re-estimate regression relationships in their SEM that have been examined in previous studies. Bayesian statistics offer a statistically sound way to incorporate prior knowledge into SEM estimation, allowing researchers to keep a “running tally” of the best estimates of model parameters. This tutorial on the application of Bayesian principles to SEM estimation discusses when and why the use of Bayesian estimation should be considered by IS researchers, presents an illustrative example using best practices and makes recommendations to guide IS researchers in the application of Bayesian SEM. The tutorial will be a mixture of lecture style and hands-on exercises.

Participants should visit and install the required software on their laptops before the tutorial.

Tutorial: "Beyond Synthesis: Contemporary and Innovative Approaches for Analysing and Presenting Research Literature" - Led by Mary Tate (VU Wellington), Elfi Furtmueller (Austrian Science Fund) & Khin Than Win (Wollongong)
This tutorial will introduce participants to a number of recently published, and forthcoming papers which present innovative techniques for analysing and presenting research literature, and follows a highly successful and very well-subscribed workshop at ECIS 2013. The motivation for the tutorial is that there has been a “sea change” in leading journals in our field. “The need to publish more literature reviews and theory development papers is crying for EJIS and beyond for the IS community….The CAIS call for a Special Issue on literature review this year might send a strong signal and change the quality if not the frequency of the genre in IS” (Rowe, 2014, p. 241). This is accompanied by a recognition that literature reviews need to move beyond the usual advice of synthesizing and summarising (Rowe, 2014). While much recent advice is aimed at encouraging the development of high quality literature review papers, it is equally pertinent for the development of the literature review sections of research papers. In this task also, expectations of quality and rigour are getting higher, and the range of approaches available is expanding. In this tutorial, we will present a range of alternatives for conceptualizing and conducting literature reviews, either as a stand-alone literature review papers, or to contextualize other research. These will be based on recent research by the presenters and other scholars, and will include:

More detailed about this tutorial are available here.

Big Data

Tutorial: "The Impact of Big Data on Future IS Architectures" - Gottfried Vossen (Munster) and Stuart Dillon (Waikato)
This tutorial will take a broad perspective and start by briefly reviewing the issues, influences, developments, and applications of big data, will present successful use cases from a variety of application domains, and will dive into a multi‐dimensional view on big data (i.e., technical, economical, organizational, legal). After sampling the participants’ experiences and expectations in this field, the second part will discuss the impact of Big Data on future BI, IT and information system architectures. The specific objectives of this tutorial are:

Tutorial: "The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data: State‐of‐the‐art for IS Researchers and Practitioners" - Led by Arkady Zaslavsky (CSIRO, Australia)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is part of the Future Internet and will comprise billions of Internet Connected Objects (ICO) or “things” which will be able to sense, communicate, compute and potentially actuate as well as have intelligence, multimodal interfaces, physical/virtual identities, attributes. IoT incorporates many concepts from pervasive, ubiquitous, mobile and ambient computing. The proposed tutorial will present the state‐of‐the‐art in IoT, enabling technologies (eg., RFID, sensors, location‐awareness), taxonomy of big data and sources of big data, various IoT applications in science, technology, government, business, industry, etc. The tutorial will conclude with presenting the OpenIoT middleware platform that has been developed in the course of an EU FP7 project where CSIRO was a major partner, and demonstrating the platform in a number of use cases, including e‐science, smart cities and intelligent manufacturing.

Design Science

Workshop: "Design Thinking in Business Information Systems: Using Empathy in Innovation" - Led by Sangeeta Karmokar (AUT)
The application of design thinking to business operations significantly enhances a firm’s innovativeness (Wattanasupachoke, 2012). Design thinking has caught attention in the business world as an engaging methodology for creating innovative concepts. Design can be understood as designers co-creating problems and solutions in an exploratory, iterative process in which problems and solutions co-­‐evolve (Cross, 2001). The value proposition of design thinking is that it delivers a radical new approach to solving complex business problems. In practice, design is key to greater productivity, whether by way of higher-value products and services, better processes, more effective marketing, simpler structures or better use of people’s skills (Lisson, Garaniya, Chin, & Slater, 2013). Design thinking can be applied to improve the design of software, business processes, supply chains, work systems, and business models. Design thinking can be most effective when used in conjunction with other kinds of thinking practices relevant to the innovation process by individuals with different values and training from fields such as the physical sciences, arts, political and social sciences, engineering and business. This workshop aims at providing techniques and tools guided by design thinking process to create an effective solution. In this workshop, we attempt to provide an understanding of what the “user experience” concept is and how an innovative business concept can be created using the design-thinking process.

Tutorial: "Agile System Development using Design Thinking and Business Building Blocks" - Led by I.T. Hawryszkiewycz (UTSydney)
The increasingly complex business environment calls for businesses to create innovative solutions to adapt to change and for information system to support such change. The tutorial will describe how design thinking combined with business building blocks is used to collaboratively create such solutions. The tutorial will present:

  1. How innovation is encouraged by design thinking including examples in industry,
  2. The methods used to set up environments for design thinking in terms of teams, activities and tools,
  3. Describe the design thinking processes in terms of workshop sequences, and,
  4. Present the tools and methods used.
The tutorial will the design thinking process including empathising, ideation, experimentation and prototyping. These include building up collaborative interdisciplinary teams, supporting interdisciplinary thinking through solution neutral stories, brainstorming, experimentation, visualization and prototyping. The tutorial will describe ways to encourage collaboration and ideation using visualizations from different perspectives. The tutorial will describe how to create canvases that address different kinds of problems. These include canvases for strategy developing, social problems or service design. Tutorial participants will learn how to develop an innovative business solution using design thinking combined with business building blocks. Examples of its application in business systems will be included with guidelines provided to choose a canvas with the right building blocks that match emerging problems. Examples of use in teaching are also included.


"In Bed with Technology? Peril, Promise, and Prudence" - Led by Nikunj Dalal, David J. Pauleen, David Rooney, Ali Intezari and Wenli Wang
Are we in bed with seductive information technologies? And what have we begat? This panel aims to stimulate thought-provoking debate, dialogue and critical reflection on a variety of themes linking technology and practical wisdom, in the spirit of building a better world with powerful technologies. The dramatic recent advances and emergent trends in technologies have raised many new, vital and interesting questions and dilemmas for the IS field such as: are modern technologies beneficial or problematic for the well-being of individuals, organizations, and societies at large? Why do we seem to feel more disconnected in an age of technological connectivity? How can organizations reduce technology-induced stresses and find ways to enable the mindful use of technologies? How can organizations, governments, and societies manage the use of technologies wisely? What are responsible roles for IS practitioners and academics in developing, managing, researching, and teaching about new technologies? It is important to ask such questions that can yield significant insights, increase awareness of the issues, deepen the dialogue and help redesign what is increasingly a technology-driven future.

Given the recent financial crises, corporate scandals, stories of greed and technology-induced stresses and disruptions, practical wisdom is being taken seriously in business disciplines. Moreover, new conferences such as Wisdom 2.0 have emerged with the support of large technology companies such as Google and Facebook. Many software vendors are developing tools for wisdom support. Such events are the outcome of and reflect a need for improved trans-disciplinary understanding of a) the role of wisdom in a technology-driven world, and b) the management, design and impact of technologies in a world crying out for wisdom. Practical wisdom draws from all sources--including scientific knowledge--and is concerned with responding to modern challenges creatively, wisely, mindfully, and proactively. As a focal area of study, wisdom research is increasingly attracting interdisciplinary interest from other academic fields and disciplines, such as management, leadership, psychology, sociology, gerontology, biology, neurosciences, marketing, health, and medicine.

"Indigenous Peoples and Information Systems: Unique Characteristics, Challenges and Opportunities" - Led by Peter Radoll (chair), Bronwyn Carlson, Robyn Kamira, Susan Beetson and Acushla Deanne O'Carroll
The rapid rise in the use of information and communication technologies as a means of cultural and social interaction among Indigenous people and groups is an intriguing development. It is a phenomenon that has not yet gained traction in academia other than to highlight the disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous users in terms of access. Interest is gaining momentum, however, as it becomes apparent that the use of information and communication technologies is becoming an everyday, typical activity, utilised by Indigenous people and groups for a range of purposes. ICT provides Indigenous people with a way to circumvent limitations imposed by governments and mass media. Social media arguably exists outside the control of normative forms of hegemonic power and provides a ‘new frontier’ where Indigenous people are busy seeking new ways of representing themselves. Additionally, ICT has allowed marginalised communities to bypass traditional channels to seek new ways to agitate for political change. Widespread ICT usage has allowed Indigenous peoples not only to disseminate their views, but also to build grassroots alliances with similarly minded groups. The ICT network is interactive, meaning that communication flows in multiple directions. ICT has the ability to bring together Indigenous groups globally in an online community that constitutes an informal nation, which exists outside of government regulation and controls, building solidarity. The panel will examine important aspects of information systems unique to Indigenous peoples, and we use New Zealand and Australia as examples by highlighting the way new technologies enables creative engagement and provides a means for Indigenous people to represent themselves with much less regulated interference. Most research on Indigenous peoples’ use of ICT has focused on impact, training, and access at the individual level. This means that work at the organisational and societal level is lacking, especially in areas such as: the relationship between IT professionals and Indigenous peoples. The panel aims to assist system designers in the areas of requirements gathering, and provide insights on "best practices" for IS development for an Indigenous audience. The panel will touch briefly on other issues such as ethics, privacy, security and governance. The panel members are thought leaders in the area and the discussion will demonstrate the creative ways Indigenous populations utilise ICT as a critical part of everyday life.

"Looking forward - looking back on IS research: 25 years of Australasian conferences" - Led by Frada Burstein and Julie Fisher
The panel will discuss the changes that can be observed in IS as a discipline as reflected through publications at ACIS over the last 25 years. Given that ACIS has been successfully run for a quarter of a century making it one of the longest running IS conferences in our region, it is important for us to discuss what we have achieved. The panel will facilitate the participants to discuss the history and evolution of the ACIS from 1990 till 2014. Reflections of former conference chairs will be sought on the objectives they proposed when running this event and how it contributed to the advancement of the profile of their school, university and their personal career. The organisers will present analysis of data from the past 25 conferences and trace its journey from a local, regional event to one of the major international forums of IS professionals held in the South Pacific locations. The topics to be covered and questions that will be raised by panel members for further discussion by the audience will include:

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organisers.