Practice Oriented Research
Information Systems (IS) is fundamentally a practice-oriented discipline in that how users interact with IS and actualize affordances of IS in practices is its core subject matter. Theorizing and synthesizing this conceptual domain of IS calls for interdisciplinary efforts among social science, design, psychology, etc. to deepen our understanding of the phenomena. Though there has been a significant discourse recognizing the need for the practice-oriented research, the current academic performance in major journals is still dominated by approaches with fixed knowledge boundaries. Therefore, there are lacking venues for new trials and experiments in reinforcing the current body of IS research with challenging inquiries.


In previous IS studies, some scholars have enhanced the boundary of IS studies by disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Boland argued the importance of design studies (1978) and developed design meanings in management studies (2004). Orlikowski & Iacono (2001) also argued multiple types of IT artifacts in the social contexts. Also, design science research (Hevner et al, 2004; Gregor & Jones, 2007) & action research communities (Mathiassen, 2002; Sein et al, 2011) have developed methodological directions of how IS researchers could enhance current IS research. In addition, some IS researchers have invited social and organizational theories in generating new directions of IS studies: Habermas's theory of communicative action (Lyytinen & Hirschheim 1988), Bourdieu’s theory of practice (Schultze & Boland 2000), and Giddens’ structuration theory (Orlikowski, 1992).

Nevertheless, new technologies and ICT-enabled innovations (e.g. products, systems, and services) call for more theoretical, methodological, and practical trials and experiments. Therefore, PACIS 2019 Practice-Oriented Research track highlights human-centered approaches to real world dilemmas, problems & challenges, opportunities, and solutions that break down disciplinary boundaries. Therefore, we are more than welcome to invite “Big Ideas” and “Grand Challenges” problems and the related solutions. In particular, we highly recommend submitting the following genres of research as practice-oriented research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Wicked problems & design inquires
Practice research & action research
Design studies & design science research
Case study & qualitative study research
Discourse and dialogue analysis
Design thinking
Co-creation, collaboration, and participatory design
Design issues and theory development (e.g. design affordance)
Design methods and methodologies
Grounded theory approach
Symbolic interaction & Language game / action
Social organizational theories (e.g. Social construction view, institutionalized view)
Actor-network, multiple stakeholders’ collaboration, and distributed cognition
Boundary objects & knowledge artifacts
ICT-enabled innovation action & outcomes
Innovation strategies & open innovation
Idea generation & visualization, prototypes, and design decision making
Design ontology, typology, and knowledge
Targeted customer-centered practice studies (e.g. Elderly)


Track Co-Chairs:
Dr. Jaehyun Park (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan,
Dr. Yusun Jung (Texas A&M International University, U.S.A,
Dr. Richard Boland (Case Western Reserve University, U.S.A,


Track AEs:
Amr B. Eltawil, E-JUST University, Egypt
Kwangsoo Park, North Dakoda State University, U.S.A
Lina Zhong, Beijing International Studies University, China
Hsu-Cheng Chu, Shih Chien University, Taiwan, China
Noha mostafa, Zagazig University, Egypt
Alyaa A. Al-Fazary, Alexandria University, Egypt
Young Ki Park, George Washington University, USA
Thant Syn, Texas A&M International University
Geoffrey Hubona, Texas A&M International University
Julia Chiu, Musashino Art University
Celine Mougenot , Imperial College
Seoungkyo Seo, IBM, South Korea
ByungHak Lee, HanKyung University
Sunghee Nam, Cha University, South Korea
Ogushi Yoko, Niigata University, Japan
Natt Leelawat, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
HyoJoo Han, Southern Georgia University, U.S.A
Semi Han, Cha University, South Korea