Relevant dates

Submissions (500 words abstract) due by March 15-extended to April 16

Replies by April 15-extended to April 18

The Workshop will be held on June 11, at Stockholm University’s Kista campus



In ubiquitous information society personally build-and-operated information systems are emerging phenomena with a potential to reconceptualise our understanding of information systems development [@Baskerville.11.i]. At this moment, roughly two-thirds of the world’s inhabitants not only have access to the fundamental components and requisite skills needed to build their own information systems, but also are actually building numerous own information systems and using them numerous times a day [@DesAutels.11.u].

Implications are not only academic; they are practical. At this very moment, individuals purchase equipment on eBay or AliExpress to make their own smart home, borrow-and-adapt digital innovations on GitHub to fit their needs, follow advices from avatars on Stackoverflow how to digitise personal workflow, publicly expose their solutions on personal blogs.

That is remarkable, for three reasons. First, because it can change the current paradigm in information systems development from "one system fits all", as it is for decades, to "one system fits one" i.e. the information system should be adapted to the individual and not the other way around. Second, it challenges the primacy of managers and organisations as a reason for existence of information systems field. Third, each system is an innovation. Some incremental, some radical, but overall there are billions of innovations. Thus, it gives a bottom-up perspective to the emerging phenomena of digital innovation [Yoo.etal.12.o].

Lack of empirical knowledge undermines validation of these claims. It is only recently that senior scholars started making attempts to draw attention to this emerging phenomenon [like @Baskerville.11.i].

In this workshop, we encourage scholars to present different ideas how to explore the domain of personally build-and-operated information systems (pboIS). We look for submissions that do not put focus on the organisation, thus aspects like BYOD, Workaround systems, Shadow system and information systems build by organisations for individuals are not the focus of this workshop. They can be used as an element of the system the individual is building.

Full description of the workshop and information on possible avenues for submissions at

Submission Requirements/Limits

500 words abstract

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Facilitating individuals, their institutions and contact emails

Mijalche Santa, PhD

Faculty of Economics, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium,

Additional information

Workshop report will be submitted for publication in CAIS’s Panel reports department. Editor of CAIS’s Panel Reports Department is informed about this intention and willing to review the workshop report for possible publication within CAIS’s Panel reports department

Speakers on the workshop will be Prof. Richard Baskerville and prof. Kalle Lyytinen