Track Chairs

Mikko Rajanen, University Lecturer, University of Oulu, Finland. E-mail:

Jose Abdelnour-Nocera, Associate Professor, University of West London, UK. E-mail:

Torkil Clemmensen, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. E-mail:

Dorina Rajanen, PhD, University of Oulu, Finland. Email:


Track Description

HCI in a Sharing Society

The socio-technical systems design approach has had a long history of influencing the systems design by considering human, social, technical and organisational factors (Trist and Bamford, 1951; Mumford,1999; Mumford, 2000; Bjørn-Andersen & Clemmensen, 2017). With the HCI in a Sharing Society we aim to energize the underlying premise of socio-technical thinking. The design of information systems should take into account both social and technical factors that influence the design and use of information systems, as opposed to techno-centric approaches to information systems design not taking into account the human and social aspects. However, the socio-technical approach is still not widely utilized in the IS and HCI discourses today, lacking theoretical models, conceptualizations and case studies. Some areas of HCI have been influenced by socio-technical approaches, such as usability and user-centered design, but there is still a lack of studies on how these socio-technical aspects might influence the interaction design and user experience of a complex and multifaceted information system.

The goal of this track is to develop the field of HCI in a Sharing Society in general and in particular bridge to socio-technical approaches. By this, we mean the systematic and constructive use of sociotechnical thinking, approach, principles and methods thorough the HCI design process from the requirements gathering, specification, design, testing, evaluation, operation and evolution of information systems from human, social, technical and organisational perspectives. This track aims to raise awareness of the socio-technical aspects in HCI research and practice, and therefore the theme bridges from previous years conferences into the current and future conferences. Socio-technical HCI analyses are emerging as essential in the evolution of the Sharing Society and the development of information systems and advanced digital technologies required for this transformation. While we aim to develop the socio-technical HCI, the track is open to all research approaches and topics related to HCI.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • HCI for information systems in a Sharing Society

  • Usability, user experience research, usability testing and interaction design

  • Theory development, theory building, and theory testing in socio-technical HCI

  • Conceptualization and operationalization of the concepts related to socio-technical HCI

  • HCI for Collaborative Consumption

  • HCI for International Development

  • Employee-driven design of work from a socio-technical HCI perspective

  • Case studies of socio-technical design and developments in HCI

  • Incorporating socio-technical perspective into existing HCI theory and methods

  • Methods and processes for socio-technical HCI

  • Business cases for socio-technical HCI

  • Cost-benefit analysis for socio-technical HCI

  • Socio-technical HCI for distributed work

  • Socio-technical HCI in health IS

  • Evaluation techniques and metrics for socio-technical HCI

  • Novel applications of socio-technical HCI theories, techniques and methodologies in IS development

  • Explorations and creative investigations of emerging issues related to the socio-technical HCI

  • Case studies of socio-technical HCI

  • Standards related to HCI

  • Ethical aspects of socio-technical HCI in a sharing society

  • Usability, UX and HCI in games and gamification

  • User centred desig

  • Universal usability

  • Emotions in HCI

  • Psychophysiological measurements in HCI

  • Other topics focusing on HCI



Trist, E.L. and Bamford, K.W. (1951) Some Social and Psychological Consequences of the Longwall Method of Coal Getting. Human Relations 4:3-38.

Mumford, E. (1999). Routinisation, re-engineering, and socio-technical design: Changing ideas on the organisation of work. Rethinking Management Information Systems-An Interdisciplinary Perspective.

Mumford, E. (2000). A socio-technical approach to systems design. Requirements Engineering, 5(2), 125-133.

Bjørn-Andersen, N., & Clemmensen, T. (2017). The Shaping of the Scandinavian Socio-Technical IS Research Tradition. Confessions of an accomplice. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, 29(1), 4.


Track Associate Editors

1. Netta Iivari, Professor, University of Oulu, Finland

2.Tero Vartiainen, Professor, University of Vaasa, Finland

3. Paula Kotzé, Pofessor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

4. Marianne Kinnula, Professor, University of Oulu, Finland

5. Minna Isomursu, Professor, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

6. Pedro Campos, Assistant Professor, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal

7. Leena Arhippainen, PhD, University of Oulu, Finland

8. Noam Tractinsky, Associate Professor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

9. Mads Bødker, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

10. Fiona Nah, Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

11. Minna Pakanen, PhD, University of Oulu, Finland

12. Rehema Baguma, Associate Professor, Uganda Technology and Management University, Uganda

13. Dinesh Katre, PhD, Human-Centred Design & Computing Group, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), India

14. Mikko Salminen, PhD, Tampere University of Technology, Finland