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Designing Collaboration Processes & Systems
Designing Collaboration Processes & Systems
Thirty-ninth Annual
Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences
January 4 - 7, 2006
Hyatt Regency, Kauai

Additional detail may be found on HICSS primary web site: http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu
Mirror sites: http://hicss.sepa.tudelft.nl/ and http://www.is.cityu.edu.hk/hicss/

Research shows that, under certain circumstances, groups using collaboration technologies can be far more productive than groups using other means to accomplish their tasks. However, experience in the field suggests that organizations do not tend to become self-sustaining with collaboration technologies until they incorporate them into their daily work practices, in support of mission critical tasks that are guided over and over again by the practitioners themselves, rather than facilitated by an outsider facilitator. The challenge for researchers and practitioners alike is to design sustainable processes and systems within and between organizations that allow people to collaborate successfully. The challenge has many dimensions, including a technical, a behavioral, an economical, and a political.

This minitrack provides one of the key international platforms on which the following issues can be discussed:
1. Methods & techniques to improve collaboration between co-located and distributed people, working synchronously or asynchronously.
2. The design, application, and evaluation of collaborative technologies that support (inter)-organizational collaboration and coordination.
3. Codification and reuse of collaboration practices
4. The creation of self-sustaining communities of practice for collaborative work practices
5. Theoretical foundations and practical approaches to model and design collaborative work arrangements.

Thus, papers are welcome that contain original ideas on systematic modeling, analysis, design and evaluation of collaboration processes and systems. There are no preferred methodological stances for this minitrack: this minitrack is open to both qualitative and quantitative research, to research from a positivist, interpretivist, or critical perspective, to studies from the lab, from the field, or developmental in nature.

Themes and topics of relevance to this minitrack include, but are not limited to (related topics not listed are especially welcome):

Collaboration techniques systems and processes
Understanding patterns of collaboration, e.g.:
Studies on the effectiveness and measurement of different techniques for producing predictable patterns of collaboration: generation (brainstorming), reduction (selecting which ideas are worthy of more attention, Clarification (creation of shared meaning) organization, evaluation, and consensus building
Creativity techniques
Reusability, transferability and predictability of collaboration processes
ThinkLets – development, field experiences, laboratory evaluation of codified facilitation interventions that produce a predictable pattern of collaboration

Design approaches for collaboration processes systems & technologies
Theories, guidelines and strategies for designing collaboration processes, technologies and systems
Enhancing robustness, flexibility and longevity of these systems, processes and technologies
Modeling techniques and frameworks to capture collaboration process designs, facilitation interventions and information exchange in groups
Theoretical foundations of productivity, creativity, satisfaction, and other constructs relating to mission-critical tasks for which collaboration processes and systems must be designed
Measuring the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of collaboration processes, technologies and systems
Proof of concepts – examples of breakthrough collaboration technologies, processes and systems e.g.
Group processes for requirements specification & analysis
Collaborative Risk Management
Focus groups
Delphi processes

Collaboration Technology Adoption, Adaptation, and Transition
Training work group members and work group leaders
Change management in collaborative contexts
Coping with resistance to change in collaborative contexts
Success factors for collaborative technology diffusion
Theories for technology acceptance, use, and diffusion
Studies on the efficacy of interventions intended to introduce collaborative technologies in an organization

Facilitation of group work
Predictable effects of facilitation interventions
Styles of facilitation
Embedding facilitation support in groupware technology
Facilitation of dispersed group processes
Approaches to training facilitation skills to novices and practitioners
Facilitation guidelines for different socio-cultural environments
Approaches to capturing (un)successful facilitation techniques from expert facilitators
Ethical issues around facilitation


Gert-Jan de Vreede
University of Nebraska at Omaha & Delft University of Technology
Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis
phone: (402) 554-2026 fax: (402) 554-3400
e-mail: gdevreede@mail.unomaha.edu

Robert O. Briggs
University of Arizona & Delft University of Technology
6909 E. Mesa Grande Dr. Tucson, AZ 85715
phone:720-207-9088 (office)
e-mail: bbriggs@groupsystems.com

Gwendolyn L. Kolfschoten
Delft University of Technology
Department of Systems Engineering
phone: +31 (0) 152783567 (office)
e-mail: g.l.kolfschoten@tbm.tudelft.nl

Abstracts - Authors may contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content at anytime.

June 15 - Authors submit full papers to the Peer Review System, following Author Instructions found on the HICSS web site (www.hicss.hawaii.edu). All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. Papers undergo a double-blind review.

August 15 - Acceptance/Rejection notices are sent to Authors via the Peer Review System.

September 15 - Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission
New Date! instructions on the Peer Review System web site. At least one author of each paper must register by this date with specific plans to attend the conference to present the paper. Early Registration fee $525 applies.

October 2 - General Registration fee $575 applies until December 10.

December 10 - Deadline to guarantee your hotel room reservation at conference rate.
- Deadline to receive conference registration refund.
- Late registration fee $675 applies.

• HICSS papers must contain original material not previously published, nor currently submitted elsewhere.

• Consult the conference website (www.hicss.hawaii.edu) for the listing and description of Minitracks for HICSS-39.

• (optional) Contact the Minitrack Chair(s) by email for guidance and verification of appropriate content.

Do not submit the manuscript to more than one Minitrack Chair. If unsure of which Minitrack is appropriate, submit abstract to the Track Chair for guidance.

• HICSS will conduct double-blind reviews of each submitted paper.

• Submit full paper according to detailed instructions found on the Peer Review System website.

Collaboration Systems and Technology
Co-chair: Robert O. Briggs bbriggs@GroupSystems;
Co-chair: Jay Nunamaker nunamaker@cmi.arizona.edu

Decision Technologies for Management
Chair: Dan Dolk drdolk@nps.edu

Digital Media: Content and Communication
Chair: Michael Shepherd shepherd@cs.cal.ca

Chair: H. Jochen Scholl jscholl@u.washington.edu

Information Technology in Health Care
Chair: William Chismar chismar@hawaii.edu

Internet & the Digital Economy
Co-chair: David King david.king@jda.com; Co-chair: Alan Dennis ardennis@indiana.edu

Knowledge Management Systems
Co-chair: Murray Jennex murphjen@aol.com; Dave Croasdell davec@unr.edu

Organizational Systems & Technology
Chair: Hugh Watson hwatson@terry.uga.edu

Software Technology
Chair: Gul Agha agha@cs.uiuc.edu

HICSS conferences are devoted to advances in the information, computer, and system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice. Invited papers may be theoretical, conceptual, tutorial or descriptive in nature. Submissions undergo a double-blind peer referee process and those selected for presentation will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Submissions must not have been previously published.

Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair
Email: sprague@hawaii.edu

Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator
Email: hicss@hawaii.edu

Eileen Robichaud Dennis, Track Administrator
Email: eidennis@indiana.edu

Hyatt Regency Kauai
1571 Poipu Road
Koloa, Kauai HI 96756

Dear Colleague,
Attached is the call for papers for the mini-track:
DESIGNING COLLABORATION PROCESSES & SYSTEMS at the Hawaii International Conference on System Science (HICSS)
The deadline for paper submissions is June 15th, please check out
http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/HICSS39/apahome39.htm (Author Information) for an Overview of the Submission Process, Formatting Requirements, and Detailed Instructions.

If you have any questions regarding the topic, conference, or if you want us to give feedback on your abstract, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please send you mail to Gwendolyn.

Kind Regards,
Gert-Jan de Vreede,
Bob Briggs,
Gwendolyn Kolfschoten