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 (Hess et al. 2014). 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 partial 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 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.

The workshop will be held in Dublin, Ireland, in conjunction with ICIS 2016 and is scheduled for December 11 2016, 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).

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

  • Individual behavior in connected 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 and connectivity, 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
    • IT-facilitated learning
    • Individual’s information system architectures and connected environments
    • Development of solutions for individual use
    • Personal health devices

Baskerville, R. (2011): Individual information systems as a research arena, European Journal of Information Systems, 20, 251–254; doi:10.1057/ejis.2011.8
Hess, T.; Legner, C.; Esswein, W.; Maaß, W.; Matt, C.; Österle, H.; Schlieter, H.; Richter, P.; Zarnekow, R. (2014): Digital Life as a Topic of Business and Information Systems Engineering?, Business & Information Systems Engineering 6(4), 247-253

Fast-tracking opportunity

The best completed research papers from the workshop will be fast-tracked for publication consideration in the Special Issue “Digitization of the Individual” in Electronic Markets - The International Journal on Networked Business.

Submission, review and acceptance process

Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments to the workshop co-chairs at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the subject heading "DOTI workshop submission".

The deadline for submission is 9 September 2016. Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection decisions by 30 September 2016. As a paper development workshop there will not 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 package.

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 Dublin,

Manuel Trenz

Manuel Trenz

University of Augsburg, 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, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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, Clemson University
Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University
Daniel Veit, University of Augsburg
Bo Sophia Xiao, University of Hawaii of Manoa