IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Intervention - Call for papers


Call for papers

 Workshop site and purpose
 After the success of the two ADWI workshops in 2012 and 2013, it is now time for a third workshop on IT Artefact Design & Workpractice Improvement (ADWI-2014). ADWI-2012 ( was run in Barcelona in June 2012 and ADWI-2013 ( was run in Tilburg in June 2013. ADWI-2014 will take place on June 2. ADWI-2014 will take place in Friedrichshafen (Germany) at the Zeppelin University located at the Lake Constance in the three nation triangle consisting of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. 
ADWI-2014 intends to bring scholars and practitioners together for a knowledge exchange and development on research foundations and practical contributions concerning the design and improvement of IT artefacts and workpractices. The ADWI workshop is intended to be a developmental arena with thoughtful and constructive feedback from reviews and comments on site. ADWI should be a place where you can present ideas in papers and get fruitful feedback for further development of the papers. A developmental arena means also taking responsibility for pushing contributions further to high-quality journal publications. From the last two workshops (ADWI-2012 and ADWI-2013) several papers have been pushed further into special issues in the open access journal Systems, Signs & Actions. At least one special issue will be arranged in Systems, Signs & Actions inviting promising papers from ADWI-2014. The theme will be decided on later. We will possibly also work with some other outlet for another special issue. This depends on the outcome of the workshop.
The workshop can include papers from diverse fields of IS. We do not try to enumerate such fields below; we only present four broad topic areas (as three main pragmatic orientations). We invite papers to ADWI-2014 in the following areas:
  • The design, selection, adaptation and use of research methods and approaches that emphasise improvement of, collaboration with and intervention in IS practices (e.g. approaches like action research, design research, evaluation research, practice research, engaged scholarship
  • The generation and use of practice, activity, agency, action oriented theories (or other types of knowledge) about IS phenomena
  • Different kinds of knowledge (e.g. practical theories, frameworks, models, methods) that contribute to the improvement of IS practices. This includes examples of such knowledge from improvement, which can be taken from diverse IS fields.
  • Application of knowledge that can assist to innovate and improve practices in enterprises (case studies, solutions, organizational experiences).
An information system is always an embedded part of some practice. It is never an isolated entity without relations to social practices. The notion “IS practice”, which is used in the topics above, stands for diverse IS related practices like e.g. strategizing, development, procurement, deployment, use, evaluation and service management of IS/IT.