15th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations (ICISO 2014)

- Service Science and Knowledge Innovation

Publication Opportunity in SCI/ISI Expanded Journals (IJCCC and SIC)

IFIP WG8.1 Working Conference

23 - 25 May 2014, Shanghai, China
Organised and hosted by School of Information Management and Engineering, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
In collaboration with Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK

This International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations (ICISO 2014) is the fifteenth in a series of international events devoted to the latest research and application of informatics in organisations and organisational semiotics. The aim of the conference is to provide a focal forum for participants from various domains of information management and information systems, computational science, semiotics, finance and accounting, business and enterprise, service science, and business and engineering. The conference enables the sharing and exchange of the latest research and practice. ICISO 2014 continues the effort of the international research community in the development of the emergent discipline of informatics and its applications.
 (See www.orgsem.org for earlier conferences since 1995).

Conference Scope and Objectives
Service science is a young discipline that has attracted great attention by academia and industry because of the increasing prominence of service economy and the need for a scientific approach to guide the study of services. Service, as opposed to product, is regarded as an intangible commodity which is characterised by extensive use of information and knowledge in the activities that lead to the creation and addition of social, economic, environmental or other value. Typical service industry includes financial services, hospitality, retail, health and education, as well as recent types such as data services, knowledge management and consultancy. In parallel to the service industry, other industrial sectors such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture, having realised the added value from the service associated with the product, have been incorporating service into their value network.

In the current economy, the value network of a large organisation may be connected to suppliers, customers and many other stakeholders, often in a complex and extensive form spreading over many distributed locations and even multiple jurisdictions. In such a setting, information has two roles: one is that information itself is the valuable commodity to be delivered to the customers; and another role is that information must be effectively managed and used in communication to coordinate the human activities and the moves of materials. For small and medium sized enterprises the value network may be simpler, information is still important in value creation through, e.g. proper use of information in coordination of production activities, marketing, customer relationship management and supply chain management.

Information is an important resource for any organisation, whether it is large or small, service or production industry. To understand the nature of information and how it can be effectively managed and used in organisations is highly relevant. Following the early events in the series, the key theme of this conference will be on information, service and their interrelationships. Particular interest will be placed in exploring and understanding from both theoretical and empirical perspectives on how information enables an organisation to sustain and, furthermore, to leverage competitiveness. In both cases, the organisations will rely heavily on effective management and use of information.

Informatics is the study of information as resource, which helps a business organisation, often through knowledge management, innovation, and service design, engineering and management. Organisational semiotics, as a discipline of study of sign, information and human communication in organised contexts, will provide a most appropriate approach to examine the issues of information management and utilisation from a scholarly and practical perspective.

Conference Topics
The conference topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Important dates
Regular Paper Submission:  1 February 2014
Authors Notification (regular papers):  15 February 2014
Camera-ready Paper Submission and Registration:  1 March 2014
Conference: 23 - 25 May 2014

Submission Guidelines
Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers that must not be published elsewhere and not currently under review for any other publication. The manuscripts in English must be submitted in the provided format (both as Word and Adobe PDF files) and may not exceed 10 pages. All papers will be submitted to the conference through the EasyChair system. Authors are strongly encouraged to use Springer LNCS/LNAI manuscript submission guidelines (available at Information for LNCS Authors) for their initial submissions.

The papers will be selected based on a double blind review by PC members. At least one author per accepted paper is required to register and attend the conference.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer as a volume of the series of IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (IFIP AICT). The proceedings will be indexed by the following indexing services/databases:

Conference Venue
ICISO 2014 will be hosted by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE enjoys a reputation of one of top-ranked research universities in China, especially in finance and economics.) Shanghai is a financial capital in the world. It is the biggest city in China with strong influence in commerce, finance, media and fashion. Shanghai is also a popular tourist destination for a mixed landmark filled with historical landmarks and modern skyscrapers. 

Conference Chair(s)
Prof Lanjuan Liu, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
Prof Kecheng Liu, University of Reading, UK

Senior Advisory Committee
Yingluo Wang, Xian Jiaotong University, China
Renchu Gan, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Goran Goldkuhl, Linkoping University, Sweden
Ronald Stamper, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Programme Chair
Prof Jingti Han, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China

Publication Chair
Dr Stephen Gulliver, University of Reading, UK

Organising Chair
Dr Changrui Yu, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
Dr Weizi Li, University of Reading, UK

Programme Committee

Dr. Weizi (Vicky) Li (Head of Secretariat), University of Reading, UK
Bohan Tian, University of Reading, UK
Shen Xu, University of Reading, UK
Rongfei Zhou, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China

Conference email address: ICISO@reading.ac.uk
Conference website: www.orgsem.org/2014
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