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CIST 2017 Conference on Information Systems & Technology

From Big to Mega: Digital Innovations and their Impact on Markets and Society 

Organizing Committee

Ashish Agarwal, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Yan Huang, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Beibei Li, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
Amit Mehra, Jindal School of Management, University of Texas Dallas
Sarah Rice, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
Lizhen Xu, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

Please email if you have any questions or comments.

Registration Rates – Late fees apply after September 29, 2017

Regular (member or non-member)  Early  –  $210 USD

Regular (member or non-member)  Late  – $270 USD

Student  Early –  $105  USD

Student  Late  – $125 USD

CIST Attendees must also register for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. 

Important Dates

  • May 1, 2017: Submissions Open at Easychair
  • June 12, 2017: Submission Deadline
  • August 21, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
  • September 29, 2017: INFORMS Early Registration Deadline


Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar St
Houston, Texas 77010


Call For Papers

From Big to Mega: Digital Innovations and their Impact on Markets and Society

The history of IT innovations shows that the magnitude of their potential impact has constantly increased over time – in some sense, one can say that IT innovations have a Moore’s law of their own. Initially, IT innovations were just about improving efficiencies in existing businesses. Then, a new wave of innovations created disruption of existing businesses through entirely new IT driven business models. Think of platforms where firms provided products and services (e.g. Google and Amazon) to customers, followed by the neo-platforms where individual entrepreneurs provided the services (e.g. Uber in transportation and Airbnb in hotels etc.). Now, big data analysis and machine learning are helping businesses better understand needs of people as never before and to serve them better through new services and devices (e.g. the Courseras and Fitbits of the world). The road ahead seems to be even more exhilarating and hair-raising at the same time. For example, consider recent developments in home robotics and Elon Musk’s proclamations of putting electrodes in human brain so that we could continue to be more intelligent than machines. It appears that finally we are moving to a brave new world where our friends will be machines and our thinking will be machine driven, at least to some extent.

What will be the overarching themes behind these new waves of innovation? That is hard to say, but the one thing that is clear is that current and future innovations can be expected to affect individuals, business and society more than ever before. For academics, the challenge is to develop new theories (or extend existing ones) in order to understand the interplay between business and individuals in this new milieu. Further, while new technologies are providing a wealth of opportunities; they are also exposing us to opportunism, privacy invasion, potential unemployment, and security threats.

CIST 2017 will feature research papers and keynote speakers that examine strategic, economic, and policy implications of the opportunities and threats of digital innovations of today and those that are unfolding.

We invite original research in all areas of Information Systems and related fields that seek to address issues related to the conference theme. The CIST 2017 co-chairs are Ashish Agarwal, Yan Huang, Beibei Li, Amit Mehra, Sarah Rice, and Lizhen Xu. The submission process will open on May 1st, 2017 and will close on June 12th, 2017. All submissions will be accepted electronically via the EasyChair system. Submission instructions and other conference related information will be posted on the conference website at

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Cloud computing, high availability systems
  • Consumer behavior in mobile and digital environments
  • IT and productivity
  • IT and human capital
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Business and data analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • IT and the transformation of labor markets
  • Digital intermediaries and sponsored search advertising
  • Electronic commerce and electronic markets
  • Information security and privacy
  • Intellectual property, copyrights, and DRM
  • Music and Entertainment
  • Digital Transformation
  • Entrepreneurship & New Business models
  • IT adoption, use, and assimilation in various contexts
  • IT and business strategy
  • IT and co-creation of value; value ecosystems
  • Healthcare IT
  • IT in emerging economies and non-governmental organizations
  • Knowledge management, collaboration and boundary spanning
  • IT-driven network effects
  • Online communities and computer-mediated collaboration
  • Outsourcing and application service contracting
  • Personalization technologies and recommendation systems
  • Productivity and performance effects of IT
  • Social networks and social media
  • Enterprise 2.0
  • Software engineering, procurement, open source software, and open standards
  • The economics of digital goods
  • The effects of IT on industrial organization and firm boundaries
  • The role of IT in shaping societies, cultures, and nations

Please note that CIST and INFORMS do not take ownership of paper copyrights.

We look forward to receiving many outstanding submissions and putting together a high-quality program for this event. For more information, please contact the organizing committee chairs via email at

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