Digital Commerce – eBusiness and eCommerce (SIGeBIZ)

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Track Chairs

Matt Nelson, Illinois State University,
Michael Shaw, University of Illinois,
Troy Strader, Drake University,
Chandra Subramaniam, University of North Carolina – Charlotte,

Track Description

The eBusiness and eCommerce Special Interest Group (SIG) has assisted with coordinating research tracks at the America’s Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) for more than 15 years. Over the course of this timeframe, the eBIZ SIG has greatly benefited from a stable, responsive and reliable group of mini-track chairs, SIG leaders, contributing authors, reviewers and panelists. The eBIZ SIG tracks received approximately 45 submissions in 2013, 30 paper submissions in 2014, and 58 paper submissions in 2015. There is little doubt of the continued and growing interest in this line of study.

For AMCIS 2016, SIGeBIZ is proposing the focus of the tracks to be on technical, behavioural, design and strategic research issues associated with Digital Commerce. This encompasses studies of Internet-enabled transactions between consumers, businesses, and other organizations, as well as use of Internet technologies within organizations. The studies may utilize any research methodology. Related online business topics such as legal, ethical, and societal issues would also fit in this track.

Mini-Track 1: Social Media and Social Commerce

John E Erickson, University of Nebraska at Omaha,
Keng L Siau, Missouri University of Science and Technology,

This mini-track recognizes the increasing importance of social media and social commerce to businesses and organizations, and highlights the quickly changing environment and development in this field. This mini-track provides a forum for researchers, educators, and practitioners working in the areas of social media and social commerce to meet and interact. The mini-track serves as an outlet for studies related to technology, business models, protocols, industry experiences, legal aspects, security issues, and innovations in social media and social commerce. We welcome all aspects of research related to social media and social commerce and are open to all types of research methods (e.g., simulation, survey, experimentation, case studies, action research, etc.).

Mini-Track 2: Computer Mediated Fraud

Andrew Harrison, University of Cincinnati,
Brian Mennecke, Iowa State University,

The pervasive use of digital media in both personal and organizational settings has resulted in a variety of new methods in which transactions occur in real-time across borders. While these technologies have been developed to enable widespread efficient communications, they also present distinct challenges in identifying and mitigating various forms of consumer fraud. IS-enabled capabilities provide more efficient and effective cooperation between non-collocated individuals and facilitate internet-based commerce. However, the same enabling characteristics of information systems also generate new settings in which consumer fraud can occur. Thus, an ongoing challenge in the development of communications media and transaction systems is the need to address the balance between security and the deterrence of illicit behaviors with the practical requirements of communications in modern social and commerce systems. This mini-track seeks to explore how communication and transaction systems promote or deter malevolent consumer exchanges. We encourage papers that study the fraudulent use of information systems in personal contexts, and papers that describe or predict how characteristics of information systems can encourage, or deter, various illicit or malevolent behaviors. This mini-track is open to both theoretical and empirical studies, and is open to all research methods (e.g., field studies, case studies, surveys, secondary analysis, experimentation).

Mini-Track 3: Business Models for the Digital Economy

Dr. Hans-Dieter Zimmermann, FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences,

This minitrack serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new and innovative approaches of business models beyond e-commerce for coping with the challenges of the digital economy as well as digital transformation. We consider an economy based on the digitization of information and the respective information and communication infrastructure as digital economy. This new type of economy implies not only technological, but also and especially structural and process-related challenges and potentials. The way in which economic value is created will change fundamentally in the digital economy and thus transform the structure of economies and societies.

This evolution will radically alter processes and structures within and between businesses and further organizations leading to the digital economy. All of these developments characterize the emerging digital economy and cause new challenges businesses have to cope with. This clearly will have a major impact on how business models have to be designed.

Mini-Track 4: Cryptocurrencies

Marcel Morisse, University of Hamburg,
Claire Ingram, Stockholm School of Economics,

Cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin in particular, cross the traditional borders of monetary systems and present alternative approaches to exchanging goods, store value and as units of account. Based on peer-to-peer networks and cryptographic tools, users of cryptocurrencies are able to transfer virtual money to other users, and thus sell or buy (digital) goods and services. The most recognized example of a cryptocurrency is Bitcoin has a market capitalization of 3.2 billion USD (August 2015and has raised a lot of attention in practice and media. On the one hand it is praised for its low transaction fees and promoted as a viable alternative to banks, credit cards and financial service providers (Brito and Castillo 2013). On the other hand, cryptocurrencies may be an easy-to-use tool for money laundering and trade in illicit goods like drugs (Brezo and Bringas 2012, Trautman 2014). Nevertheless, cryptocurrencies present an opportunity to establish new business models in e-commerce and finance by allowing direct worldwide transactions with lower transaction costs and reduced inflationary risk (Kelly 2015, Papp 2014). Although research on cryptocurrencies has not gained much attention from Information Systems (IS) researchers in the past, cryptocurrency research has gained momentum and presents a promising and vivid research field.

Mini-Track 5: Information Technology (IT)-enabled Supply Chain Management: Co-Creating and Capturing Business Value from IT

Samuel Fosso Wamba, NEOMA Business School,
Ygal Bendavid, The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM),
Shahriar Akter, University of Wollongong,
Dr-Ing. Thomas Tamo Tatietse, The Ecole Polytechnique, University of Yaoundé I,
Jean Robert Kala Kamdjoug, Catholic University of Central Africa,

The preoccupation with supply chain management (SCM) has been present over the last few decades. Numerous studies have pointed to the need to increase the level of integration of inter- and intra-organizational processes and information systems in order to achieve a greater level of seamlessness and reduce duplication efforts and corresponding inefficiencies for competitive advantage. This mini-track aims to look at how to co-create and capture business value from new concepts (e.g., social media, Web 2.0, ‘Big Data’, ‘Business Analytics’, ‘Open data’, ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Web of Things’, green supply chain) and technologies (e.g., RFID technology, Bluetooth, ERPII, 3D Printers) both at the firm and supply chain levels. In particular, the minitrack seeks papers that attempt to provide new insights through models, simulations, theories, case studies and surveys.

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