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Breakthrough Ideas in IS
Information technology seems to be part of everything these days and we have all seen some of its applications that defy imagination.  So why does our research sometimes seem mundane in comparison?  Maybe the field needs more Breakthrough Ideas!  This track focuses on novel, cutting-edge, interesting ideas that come through diverse intellectual approaches, expertise, and perspectives. The track’s objective is to challenge tired orthodoxy and open new inquiry through innovative theory and findings.  The track is particularly interested in ideas that have potential impacts on human enterprise and society.  It welcomes papers that revisit familiar topics in a new way, provide alternative interpretations of prevailing thought, or question fundamental but established assumptions.

Genuine breakthroughs are only evident if carefully argued.  The standards for acceptance are high.  Papers submitted to this track should get the attention of readers, be clear in their exposition and implications, and stand a good chance of getting readers to say, "Wow, that's an interesting idea; I would never have thought of that!"  The novelty of the ideas is important, of course, but submissions should inspire further research.  Ideas must be described clearly, logically, and in sufficient depth for their breakthrough impact to be clear. Authors should explicate their ideas, the importance of those ideas, and the value of those ideas for future research as well as for enterprise and society.

Track Chairs

John Leslie King

University of Michigan

Suzanne Rivard

HEC Montreal

Michael Vitale

Monash University


Associate Editors

Benoit Aubert

Victoria University of Wellington

Frada Burstein

Monash University

Brian Butler

University of Maryland

Chris Forman

Georgia Institute of Technology

Paulo Goes

University of Arizona

Jonathan Grudin

Microsoft Research

Ola Henfridsson

University of Warwick

James Howison

University of Texas at Austin

Cory Knobel

University of California at Irvine

Wolfgang Koenig

Goethe University at Frankfurt

Jiro Kokuryo

Keio University

Julia Kotlarsky

Aston University

Ting -Peng Liang

National Chengchi University

Henry Linger

Monash University

Alain Pinsonneault

McGill University

Lionel P. Robert

University of Michigan

Radhika Santhanam

University of Oklahoma

Steve B. Sawyer

Syracuse University

Henk Sol

University of Groningen

Hock Hai Teo

National University of Singapore

Ryad Titah

HEC Montreal

Campbell Wilson

Monash University

Susan J. Winter

University of Maryland

Leon Zhao

City University of Hong Kong

Kevin Zhu

University of California at San Diego