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The 4th workshop on the Digitization of the Individual will be held in Munich, Germany, in conjunction with ICIS 2019 and is scheduled for December 15 2019, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM. To promote further impactful research on individuals, strong emphasis during the workshop will be given to paper development discussions, among others, facilitated by discussants providing direct feedback. Workshop participants will be charged a registration fee that will include snacks and coffee breaks (details will be announced as the conference program is finalized).

This year's workshop includes an expert panel on “AI and robots in our individuals’ lives - How to align technological possibilities and ethical issues”. More information on this will follow soon.

Workshop description

As our lives become immersed by powerful digital devices and services, questions of implications for individuals’ lives as well as their social interactions and structures arise. IS research has traditionally focused rather on institutional contexts (Baskerville 2011). However, the digitization of individuals' private contexts offers manifold important research questions to be solved (Matt et al. 2019). In everyone’s life outside the organizational context these pertain individual behavior and decision making and the positive and negative consequences thereof, but also communication and interactions with other individuals as well as firms. The emerging fully digitized and connected environment implies changes to the development, exploitation and management of personal IS. While particular scenarios (e.g. smart home, connected cars, social networks) have received some attention in different fields, this workshop seeks to gather these fragmented views and bring together researchers interested in the impact of digitization on individuals.

Research in this area is beneficial in two ways. First, understanding the implications, opportunities and threats of the digitization of individuals' private lives enables suppliers of digital technologies to form closer and stronger connections with their customers and to build services and devices that better match their expectations and improve their everyday lives. Second, this research can help to develop policies and practices that improve the usage and exploitation of digital technologies on a societal level. By encouraging a systematic focus on the individual, this workshop strives for a common understanding of the role of the individual and the challenges and opportunities owing to novel digital technologies.

Possible topics of submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual behavior in digital environments, such as
    • Choice making in digital environments
    • Individual behavior in social networks and the sharing economy
    • Individual communication and consumption patterns
    • Digital collaboration among individuals
  • Positive and negative outcomes of digitization, such as
    • Effects of usage of digital devices and ubiquitous connectivity on individuals’ attitudes, behaviors and performance
    • Techno-overload and techno-stress
    • Privacy and IT-security issues for individuals’ private lives
    • The impact of quantification on the self
  • Development, exploitation and management of personal IS
    • Development of solutions for individual use
    • Business models for personal IS solutions
    • Individual’s information system architectures and connected environments
    • Personal IS solutions in particular contexts (e.g. health IS, smart home)


Baskerville, R. (2011): Individual information systems as a research arena, European Journal of Information Systems, 20, 251–254; doi:10.1057/ejis.2011.8
Matt, C., Trenz, M., Cheung, C. M. K., and Turel, O. (2019):. The Digitization of the Individual: Conceptual Foundations and Opportunities for Research, Electronic Markets, 10.1007/s12525-019-00348-9

Submission, review and acceptance process

Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments to the workshop co-chairs at ( with the subject heading "DOTI workshop submission".

The deadline for submission is 13 September 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection decisions by 27 September 2019. As a paper development workshop there will no be formal proceedings; accepted papers will be made available to other attendees for the period of the workshop and a printed abstract will be included as part of the workshop materials.

Submission format

There are two types of submissions: full papers and research-in-progress papers. The length of full papers and research-in-progress papers is limited to 7,000 words and 4,500 words respectively (excluding references). The format of the submission is a Word or PDF document that includes a title, author names and affiliations, and 3-5 keywords. The submission should follow the ICIS formatting guidelines (

All submissions to DOTI must represent original work that has not already been published in a journal or conference proceedings. If the work has been presented at another conference or is currently under consideration for publication or presentation elsewhere, the authors must disclose this fact. At least one author for every accepted paper must register for the workshop and be prepared to present their ideas in person (both full and RIP papers will be presented). Due to the strong emphasis of the workshop on paper development, the workshop schedule ensure room for detailed discussions and each presentation will be accompanied by a discussant providing direct feedback to the individual work.

Workshop chairs

We look forward to welcoming you in Munich,

Manuel Trenz

Manuel Trenz

University of Göttingen, Germany

Christian Matt

Christian Matt

University of Bern, Switzerland

Christy Cheung

Christy Cheung

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Ofir Turel

Ofir Turel

California State University, Fullerton, USA

Program committee

Alexander Benlian, TU Darmstadt
Andrew Burton-Jones, UQ Business School
Yulin Fang, City University of Hong Kong
Thomas Hess, LMU Munich
Hanna Krasnova, University of Potsdam
Christoph Peters, University of St. Gallen
Jella Pfeiffer, University of Gießen 
René Riedl, University of Linz
Yongqiang Sun, Wuhan University
Juliana Sutanto, Lancaster University Management School
Chuan Hoo Tan, National University of Singapore
Monideepa Tarafdar, Lancaster University Management School
Jason Thatcher, University of Alabama
Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University
Daniel Veit, University of Augsburg
Bo Sophia Xiao, University of Hawaii of Manoa