Track 4: Diversity, inclusion and cross cultural issues in IS

Diversity in the workplace has never been more important. In this context, diversity refers to the varied ways people differ, including, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality. The increasing body of evidence highlights the importance of diversity for an organisation’s economic bottom line, thus we need to consider how, as educators of IS/IT professionals, we can increase the talent pool. Despite decades of initiatives to increase diversity in the workforce there has only been minimal impact, exemplifying the complexity of the problem. For example, the number of women studying and working in the computing profession remains stubbornly low.

This track is calling for papers that address research on diversity and inclusion for a variety of stakeholders as well as related cross-cultural issues.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigations into the role of educators on embedding diversity/inclusion in IS courses;
  • Investigations into the role of group behaviours in using or managing IS/IT;
  • Case studies on and best practices for changing organisational culture to enable greater diversity in the IS/IT profession;
  • Evaluation of strategies for increasing participation of diverse groups in IS/IT;
  • Empirical research which identifies key success factors and critical enablers on diversity in the profession;
  • Cross-cultural analysis and ontology of human behaviour and IS/IT.

Track chairs

Jenine Beekhuyzen
Adroit Research and Deakin University, Australia
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John Lamp
Deakin University, Australia
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Armin Stein
University of Münster – ERCIS
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