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STPIS 2020 : The 6th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development


When Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 9, 2020
Where Online
Submission Deadline May 31, 2020
Notification Due Jun 5, 2020
Categories    information systems   socio-technical design

Call For Papers

Dear colleagues,

Please consider submitting an extended 2 page abstract to participate in

The 6th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS
development (STPIS'20) - 08th - 09th June 2020.

[a] You are invited to submit a two page extended abstract, which will be reviewed for presentation at STPIS.
[b] Full papers to be submitted by September and after review published in Proceedings [final deadline tba]
[c] Authors are required to participate in the online workshop discussions and also to present their paper virtually.
[d] There is NO FEE but Participants are required to register by Friday 5th June, and commit to participate in discussions.

Submission is open for the extended abstracts [2 pages] with a submission deadline of 31st of May
2020. Full papers [short and long] to be submitted after the workshop by September [date tbc].

The main purpose of the workshop is to arrange discussions on using a socio-technical
perspective in organizational systems development, the
long-term goal being to make this workshop a meeting place for the
community of researchers and practitioners interested in the
socio-technical approach.

Following the purpose, part of the workshop is devoted to
presentations, the rest is designated for collaborative work. This year
We will again follow the practice established during STPIS'17 and will
be working on a real case from the local industry.

Please refer to our website for further information:

A brief description is presented below

Despite that a socio-technical perspective has been around for over a
half century, it is often forgotten in the Information Systems (IS)
discourse today. Consequently, many “new approaches” appear to reflect
on IS systems problems, such as modern IT systems being poorly adjusted
to the external or/and internal environment (e.g. market, organizational
culture) of organizations in which they are (to be) deployed. We
strongly believe that it is high time the social-technical perspective
took its rightful place in IS research, practice and teaching.
The main purpose of the workshop is to arrange discussions on using a
socio-technical perspective in IS development, the long-term goal being
to make this workshop a meeting place for the community of IS
researchers and practitioners interested in the socio-technical approach.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
1. Contemporary socio-technical approaches, in practice and theory
2. Experiences of and reflections about using socio-technical
approaches in practice
3. Industry 5.0 / Society 6.0 as part of socio-technical practice
and agenda
4. Methodological aspects of using socio-technical approaches in
5. Socio-technical approach: Education and training
6. Case studies using socio-technical approaches
7. Information system design using socio-technical approaches
8. Socio-technical comparative studies of technology/IS adoption
9. Socio-technical analysis, design, development and integration of:

* health care systems
* crisis management systems
* information security management systems
* learning systems
* privacy enhanced technology
* work-systems
* knowledge management
* Job-Crafting
* work and information systems de-design
* human activity systems

10. Societal Security from a socio-technical perspective
11. Information Systems Security from a socio-technical perspective
12. Ethnographic and Anthropological aspects of IS design and adoption
13. Philosophical aspects of socio-technical practices
14. Socio-technical HCI
15. IT business alignment from a socio-technical perspective
16. Using Viable System Model (VSM) for analysis and design of
socio-technical systems

We invite submissions [extended abstract 2 pages] which are intended to be further developed as short or long papers in
the following categories:

* Position papers & Idea papers
* Experience reports
* Research papers

Deadlines for the first call
Submission of extended 2 page abstract 31st May 2020
Notification of acceptance for presentation – 5th June 2020

As with the previous editions of STPIS, we are planning to produce proceedings on-line via CEUR services. CEUR proceedings are indexed by DBLP, Google Scholar, Scopus, CiteSeer/CiteSeerX, etc. For Scandinavian researchers, the publisher is in the Norska systemet rated as level 1 (which is the highest level for the conferences and workshops), as well as in Finnish JuFo system as level 1. Proceedings for the previous editions of STPIS can be found here:,,, and

Organizing committee
Peter Bednar, University of Portsmouth, UK & Lund University, Sweden – General chair
Alexander Nolte, University of Tartu, Estonia & Carnegie Mellon University, USA – Program chair
Anna Sigríður Íslind, Reykjavik University, Iceland – Workshop chair
Helena Vallo Hult, University West & NU Hospital Group, Sweden – Workshop chair
Mikko Rajanen, University of Oulu, Finland – Publicity & Proceedings chair
Federico Pigni, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France – Local Organizing chair

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