Track Chairs

Rob Gleasure, Associate Professor, Department of Digitalization at Copenhagen Business School. Email:

Daniel Schlagwein, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney Business School, Australia. Email: 

Xiaofeng Wang, Senior researcher and lecturer, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Email:


Track Description

Openness and IT

IT-enabled “openness” refers to any effort to increase (i) the accessibility of knowledge, technology, and other resources (ii) the transparency of action (iii) the permeability of organizational structures (iv) and the inclusiveness of participation. These systems are critical to the realization of a “sharing society”, as they demonstrate the benefits of breaking down institutional boundaries and of working collectively to design, create, distribute, and use new resources (material/digital or symbolic).

The variety and complexity of IT-enabled open phenomena presents significant intellectual challenges, as scholars seek to understand and design systems capable of balancing contrasting values, interests, and motivations. Thus, we invite applied, empirical and theoretical research papers that will contribute to our scholarly understanding of openness and IT. We are interested in manifestations and antecedents of IT-enabled openness, and, most critically, in the impacts of openness on individuals, organizations, and societies. We welcome and encourage submissions from researchers using diverse epistemological and methodological approaches.

Topics of interest to the track include but are not limited to:

  • Open goods and services markets (e.g., open trading environments, sharing economies, etc.)

  • Open finance markets (crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, cryptocurrencies, etc.)

  • Open innovation strategies (e.g., crowdsourcing, innovation contests, co-creation, etc.)

  • Open management and policy-making (e.g. intra-organisation adoption of open principles, distributed consensus systems, etc.)

  • Open computing platforms (e.g., open APIs, open data, developer ecosystems, etc.)

  • Open production methods (e.g., open source software, open hardware, microwork, etc.)

  • Open content strategies (e.g. wikis, social questions and answers, etc.)

  • Open science and scholarship (e.g., citizen science, open access publishing, open data sets,

  • Open educational resources, etc.)

  • Open societies and cultures (e.g., open IT for developing regions, digital democracies, hacker/maker and other participatory sub-cultures, social media and crisis response, etc.)

  • Openness as an abstract concept (e.g., frameworks and theories of openness) and research object (e.g. innovative methodological approaches).


Track Associate Editors

1. Pavel Andreev, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada

2. Ivo Blohm, Assistant Professor, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

3. Ulrich Bretschneider, Professor, University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany

4. Michael Cahalane, Lecturer, UNSW Australia

5. Kevin Carillo, Associate Professor, Toulouse Business School, France

6. Kevin Crowston, Professor, NSF + Syracuse University, USA

7. Matt Germonprez, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA

8. Jeremy Hayes, Lecturer, University College Cork, Ireland

9. George Kuk, Associate Professor, Nottingham University, UK

10. Matt Levy, Associate Professor, Hawaii Pacific University, USA

11. Juho Lindman, Associate Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenberg, Sweden

12.  Björn Lundell, Professor, University of Skovde, Sweden

13. Noel Carroll, Research Fellow, National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland

14. Lorraine Morgan, Lecturer Above the Bar, National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland

15. Joseph Feller, Professor, University College Cork, Ireland

16. Matti Rossi, Professor, Aalto University, Finland

17. Klaas-Jan Stol, Lecturer, University College Cork, Ireland

18. Kieran Conboy, Professor, National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland