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SPRINGER CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS: 2023 : Rethinking ICT Adoption Theories in the Developing World


When May 15, 2023 - Jan 30, 2024
Where Springer Nature: One New York Plaza
Abstract Registration Due May 22, 2023
Submission Deadline Sep 15, 2023
Notification Due Nov 15, 2023
Final Version Due Jan 30, 2024

Call For Papers

A huge number ICT adoption theories, ICT Implementation theories, ICT usage theories and ICT disposal theories have been forwarded by a number of researchers. Theories such as Theory of reasoned action (TRA), Technological acceptance model (TAM), Theory of planned behaviour (TPB), Innovation diffusion theory (IDT), Resource-based theory (RBT), Michael Porter’s models, Technology-Organisation-Environment framework (TOE), Structuration Theory (ST), Actor-Network Theory (ANT), Adaptive Structuration Theory (AST), Usability Design Frameworks (UDF), User Experience Design Models, Persuasive Design, Philosophical Designs, Motivational Design, Social-cultural Oriented Designs, Co-Design and other HCI design approaches have been forwarded to facilitate a successful ICT adoption, ICT Implementation, ICT usage and ICT disposal. These theories, models and frameworks have made vital contributions to ICT research, and to a large extent influenced technology adoption, implementation, usage and disposal studies for decades.

However, complex economic and socio-cultural dynamics represent a major concern when it comes to ICT adoption, implementation, usage and disposal in developing countries, as more than 80 percent of illiterate and economically challenged adults live in developing countries. While the technologies are fast changing, many societies in developing countries are not keeping pace with the ever challenging technologies because of the high illiteracy levels and economic challenges. This has become a challenge for conventional theories which are not only straightforward but also rigid in nature and unable to handle the constant advances in technology, and technology adoption, implementation, usage and disposal in many societies in developing countries. Conventional theories of ICT adoption have regularly overlooked the unpredictable nature of ICT adoption, implementation, usage and disposal especially in developing countries and due to their uncertainty, there is no practical procedure on how it can be adopted overtime. More so, many of these dominant theories do not have the agility required to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries. ICT adoption, implementation, usage and disposal research need to undergo a change in order to overcome the deterministic conception held by conventional theories

This chapter series, therefore, seeks for manuscripts from academia, researchers, government, policymakers and industrial practitioners that have appropriately applied any of these theories/frameworks/models, or more importantly extended these /frameworks/models in ICT Adoption, ICT Implementation, ICT Usage and ICT disposal to achieve anyone of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a development country setting, that fall within the following areas but not limited to

• Business/Economics: ICT adoption models/frameworks in a dynamic business environment
• Agriculture/Forestry: ICT Theories, Models and frameworks for implementing smart farming and forestry
• Health: E-health Implementation Models and Framework
• Education: E-Learning adoption theories, models and framework
• Recycling and Disposal: Frameworks and models for ICT recycling and disposal
• Governance: Extended E-government implementation and usage models and frameworks
• Utility Services: Frameworks and models for adoptions of mobile-based functions in utility services
• Environment: ICT models and frameworks for land and aquatics management
• Infrastructure: ICT frameworks and models for in infrastructure management
• Equity: ICT usage frameworks and models for disadvantaged people and marginalised societies

All submissions must be original and should not be under review by another publication. This chapter series accepts;
• Case studies
• Commentaries
• Full research papers: Both quantitative and qualitative contributions
• Research in progress will also be considered provided the findings are of substantial relevance to this series
• Systematic Reviews that synthesize existing studies

Submission Procedure:
We welcome chapters from the academia, researchers, government and industrial practitioners. This book will be published in Springer Nature. All submissions must be original and should not be under review by another publication.

Manuscript Preparation:
Please prepare the manuscript according to the following guidelines:

How to Submit: Submission of chapter(s) via e-mail only to the Lead Editor-
Dr Emmanuel Eilu:

Important Dates
• May 15th (EXTENDED TO 22ND), 2023: Book Chapter Proposals (Two Pages-Maximum)
• September 15th, 2023: Full Chapter Submission (15 Pages –Maximum, without references)
• November 15th, 2023: Accept/Reject Notification
• January 30th, 2023: Camera ready Submission
• March 30, 2024: Final Print Version Available

NB: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

Reference: Eze, C.S,. Olatunji, S., Chinedu-Eze,C.V (2017) Revisiting ICT Adoption Theories and Charting a Progressive Path for Future ICT Adoption Research In SMEs. International Journal of Management Technology Vol.4, No 2, pp. 41-63, October 2017

About the Editors

Dr. Emmanuel Eilu (Lead Editor):
Uganda Christian University:

Dr. Emmanuel Eilu is a Senior Lecturer at Uganda Christian University. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology (HCI) and a Master’s of Science in Information Technology all from Makerere University. His areas of research are in Human-Computer Interaction (Usability, User Experience and Anticipated UX) and Electronic Government and ICT for Development Research with over 30 publications

Prof. John Sören Pettersson (Co-Editor):
Karlstad University:

John S Pettersson is a full professor of Information Systems at Karlstad University in Sweden. His focus is on methodological support within the area of Human-Computer Interaction. Prof. Pettersson initiated and led the development of Ozlab, a system for making non-programmed prototypes interactive. A web-based version has been developed by which co-design activities can be made on distance as well as ordinary usability tests. Pettersson has also for many years been active in the conference series M4D – Mobile for Development.

Dr. Rehema Baguma (Co-Editor):
Makerere University: or

Dr. Rehema Baguma is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems at Makerere University, Uganda. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Radboud University, the Netherlands, a Post Graduate diploma in Education Technology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa; a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science; and a Master of Computer Application Technology. She is a researcher in Digital Inclusion, Usability and User Experience Evaluation, Education Technology & E-services (eGovernance & eLearning).

Dr. Ganesh D. Bhutkar (Co-Editor):
Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), Pune:

Dr Ganesh Bhutkar is a Full Professor at Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), Pune. He is a Coordinator, Centre of Excellence in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), Pune. His research work is mainly focused on HCI, AI, Assistive Technologies and Medical Applications / Usability. He is an active member of ACM and SIGCHI. Recently, his research team has developed a utility Android app, Eye+, for visually impaired users, which has 7100+ app downloads and was also nominated for National Award.

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