The 8th International Conference on Socio-Technical Perspectives in IS (STPIS’22) was held in a hybrid manner from Reykjavík, Iceland during 19.-21. August 2022. The accepted papers will be published in our CEUR proceedings and selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to special issues in two journals (see below).
STPIS is a conference that focuses on the importance of socio-technical perspective in research and practice. A socio-technical perspective sees an organization as a combination of two components – a social and a technical one. The real pattern of behaviour in the organization is determined by how well these parts fit each other. While analysing system problems of getting things done, adequate consideration should be given to technology as well as informal and formal interactions of people.
Despite that a socio-technical perspective has been around for over a half century, it is often forgotten in the IS discourse today. Consequently, many “new approaches” appear to reflect on IS systems problems, such as modern IT systems poorly adjusted to the external or/and internal environment (e.g., market, organizational culture) of organizations in which they are (to be) deployed. We strongly believe that it is high time the social-technical perspective took its proper place in IS research, practice and teaching.
This year we accepted 26 great papers and photos from the presentations can be found here below.
In addition to the proceedings, we will organize a special issue in Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly where selected papers related to that topic will be invited to be extended and submitted for review to the special issue. These papers will have to pass a double-blind peer review process. More information about the journal is on: https://csimq-journals.rtu.lv.
In addition to that, selected papers related specifically to the topic of socio-technical perspectives on learning and digital work, will be invited to be further extended and submitted to Journal of Workplace Learning. More information about the journal is on: https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/1366-5626
The best student paper award was awarded to an excellent paper authored by: Saima Ritonummi, Valtteri Siitonen, Markus Salo and Henri Pirkkalainen with the title: Flow barriers: What prevents software developers from experiencing flow in their work? We wish them best of luck.