Information Systems and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): State of art of IS research in SMEs

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This book will establish and explore existing and emerging theories on SMEs and the adoption of IT/IS, present the latest empirical research findings in that area of IS research, and explore new technologies and practices in this area. The purpose of this book is to expand the knowledge and understanding of SMEs and the adoption of IT/IS.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of IS research or the research of SMEs. Moreover, the book will also be a reference for researchers, professionals and students in management information systems science and related fields. The book will also be useful for practitioners, information systems managers, CEOs, CIOs who are responsible for implementing various information systems in their businesses and organizations.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Behavioral and social studies of the impact of IT/IS on SMEs
  • IT/IS adoption in SMEs: determinants, enablers, barriers, and inhibitors: adoption of social media, e-business, e-commerce, e-SCM, and CRM
  • Evaluation of IS in SMEs: benefits, costs and risks, productivity studies, impact on organizational and personal performance
  • IT/IS capabilities, knowledge and practices in SMEs
  • SMEs and IT/IS outsourcing
  • Literature analyses and studies on IS research in SMEs
  • The role of IT/IS for innovation in SMEs
  • SMEs and Open Source Software
  • IS success, IS failures in SMEs
  • IT Governance in SMEs: Risk Management, Strategic Information Systems, IT/IS security, Performance Management, IS project/program/portfolio management SMEs
  • Business Process Management (BPM) and EA/BP modelling in SMEs
  • ERP implementation and integration in SMEs
  • Cloud Computing in SMEs: Software as a Service (SaaS), software on demand, Software Oriented Architectures, Web Services, …
  • Researching IT/IS in SMEs: research methodologies and paradigms, best practices, case studies, use cases, action research, design science, …
  • IT/IS and SMEs in developing countries.

To ensure this publication presents the most comprehensive current and relevant coverage of theories and models in IS research, we invite researchers and leading experts in their particular areas to contribute chapters of between 4000–8000 words.  Chapters should ideally address all the objectives above, although chapters beyond the key objectives will also be considered.

Important Dates:  

Deadline for submission of full chapters: August 1, 2012 
Notification of review results: October 30, 2012

Revised chapters due: December 15, 2012

Final notification of chapter acceptance (revised chapters): January 30, 2012 

Submission Details:

Individuals interested in submitting chapters (4,000-8,000 words) on the above or related topics should send an e-mail declaring your interest in submitting—including your name, affiliation, and proposed topic area to Jan G. Devos, editor, at jan.devos@howest.be no later than May 15, 2012.  Deadline for submission of full chapter(s) is August 1, 2012.  This book is scheduled for publishing by Springer, in 2013 (www.springer.com)

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