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Ep. 17 – The Ontological Reversal (Baskerville et al 2020)

In the past, information systems (IS) captured and represented the lived (external) reality. Now, they are the lived reality.

Baskerville R. L., Myers M. D., & Yoo Y. (2020), ‘Digital First: The Ontological Reversal and New Challenges for Information Systems Research’, MIS Quarterly,

Ep. 16 – Envy on Social Media (Wu and Srite 2020)

Social media can make people feel envy. But is this always a bad thing? And what does it mean for social media platforms?

Wu J. & Srite M. (2020), ‘Envy on Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, International Journal of Information Management,

Ep. 15 – The Future(s) of Knowledge Work Post-COVID-19 (Wang et al 2020)

The old factory paradigm is fading away, but what will replace it? We look to the digital nomads to envision some possibilities.

Wang B., Schlagwein D., Cecez-Kecmanovic D., & Cahalane M. C. (2020), ‘Beyond the Factory Paradigm: Digital Nomadism and the Digital Future(s) of Knowledge Work Post-COVID-19’, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 21(6), pp. 1379-1401,

Ep. 14 – Tracing Normiefication (De Zeeuw et al 2020)

The conspiracy theory “QAnon” started in a fringe, esoteric corner of the Web. How did it become part of the mainstream public sphere?

De Zeeuw D., Hagen S., Peeters S., & Jokubauskaite E. (2020), ‘Tracing Normiefication: A Cross-Platform Analysis of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory’, First Monday,

Ep. 13 – Powered by Qinghuai (情怀) (Xiao et al 2020)

In Western culture, there’s social capital and virtue ethics. In Chinese culture, there’s guanxi and qinghuai.

Xiao X., Tan B., Leong C., & Tan F. T. C. (2020), ‘Powered by “Qinghuai”: The Melding of Traditional Values and Digital Entrepreneurship in Contemporary China’, Information Systems Journal,

Ep. 12 – Web-Conferencing Affordances and Constraints (Hacker et al 2020)

The lockdowns of COVID-19 have seen a sharp increase in the use of web conferencing systems. How have these been useful, and how can we improve on these for the future?

Hacker J., Vom Brocke J., Handali J., Otto M., & Schneider J. (2020), ‘Virtually in This Together – How Web-conferencing Systems Enabled a New Virtual Togetherness During the COVID-19 Crisis’, European Journal of Information Systems,

Ep. 11 – What Happens to Shadow IT? (Fürstenau et al 2020)

Sometimes people set up their own IT systems outside of what is officially supported by the IT department. When these IT systems are revealed, what happens to them?

Fürstenau D., Rothe H. & Sandner M. (2020), Leaving the Shadow: A Configurational Approach to Explain Post-Identification Outcomes of Shadow IT Systems’, Business & Information Systems Engineering,

Ep. 10 – Societal Governance for COVID-19 Apps (Riemer et al 2020)

During a pandemic like COVID-19, we need thorough contact-tracing, and smartphone apps are a great way to do that. But how can we get enough people on board to make this effective?

Riemer K., Ciriello R., Peter S. & Schlagwein D. (2020), ‘Digital Contact-Tracing Adoption in the COVID-19 Pandemic: IT Governance for Collective Action at the Societal Level’, European Journal of Information Systems,

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Ep. 9 – Alienation and Solutionism in COVID-19 Apps (Rowe et al 2020)

The rollout of the COVID-19 contact tracing app in France hasn’t gone entirely well. How can the concepts of Alienation and Solutionism help us understand what went wrong?

Rowe F., Ngwenyama O. & Richet J.-L. (2020). ‘Contact-Tracing Apps and Alienation in the Age of COVID-19’, European Journal of Information Systems,

Ep. 8 – IT and Societal Change: Affordances and Logics (Faik et al 2020)

Information Technology (IT) is increasingly involved in societal change. Where does this happen, how does this happen, and what does this entail?

Faik I., Barrett M., & Oborn E. (2020). ‘How Information Technology Matters in Societal Change: An Affordance-based Institutional Logics Perspective’, MIS Quarterly, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 1359-1390,

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