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Virtualisierung von Arbeit und Unternehmen


The technological development is rapidly reshaping when, where, and how people do their jobs. The accelerated digitalization of information is pushing many organizations away from the established archetype of 9-5 office work towards more seasonable approaches to work. What often began as outsourcing of administrative work or an individual concession for employees to perform individual tasks from home (e.g. home office, telework) has increasingly changed into a movement in which organizations partially or even completely virtualize themselves and physical office locations cease to exist. This leads to contemporary approaches to work, including virtual or remote work, offshoring, outsourcing, globally distributed project work, as well as freelancing on demand, brokered through dedicated platforms (e.g. Mechanical Turk, Uber, and TaskRabbit). In addition, the content of work is increasingly changing, as automation and augmentation of work perform operational-administrative and repetitive tasks, allowing employees in organizations to concentrate more on creative and strategic tasks. However, the development also comes along with changes in employment relationships. Jobs are increasingly being carried out in flexible, uncertain and socially insecure work settings. While, organizations will increasingly turn into a shared services provider taking care of project and task allocation in these settings, issues such as individual training and development will be part of the employee’s responsibility. Furthermore, employees are confronted with blurring boundaries between work and private life and constant connectivity, increasing IT-induced demands (e.g., technostress) and may lead to social isolation.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of work-related topics, we explicitly welcome all approaches that take a broad and inclusive perspective addressing virtual work and the virtualization of organizations. We seek submissions on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches that examine the phenomenon across different levels of analysis.

Covered areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Automation and augmentation of work
  • Challenges and benefits of virtual work and virtual organizations
  • Digital leadership in remote work settings
  • Digitalization and job mobility
  • Digitalization and the future of occupations
  • Meaning of work in digital workplaces
  • New forms of technology-enabled work arrangements
  • New practices and forms of leadership in digital workplaces
  • New practices and forms of human resources management in digital workplaces
  • New practices and forms of knowledge management
  • Sharing economy and peer to peer work arrangements
  • Structural mechanisms, policy, and regulation to legitimize virtual work
  • Technostress and its consequences on employee performance
  • The great variety of Bring-your-own approaches (e.g., BYOD, BYOC, BYOS)


Track Chairs

Sven Laumer

Sven Laumer

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Sven Laumer is the Schöller Endowed Professor for Information Systems (Digitalization in Business and Society) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. His research about IT adoption and IS usage, user resistance, technostress, and the IT workforce have been published among others in European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, and Journal of Strategic Information Systems. He has chaired tracks at ECIS, WI and AMCIS, served as program co-chair for the ACM SIGMIS CPR conference and the 2016 DIGIT workshop. He currently serves as the SIG ADIT chair in 2019.
Andreas Eckhardt

Andreas Eckhardt

German Graduate School

Andreas Eckhardt is a professor at the German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS) in Heilbronn, where he teaches and conducts research on the impact of the digital transformation on organizations. His work has been published in two books and more than 80 articles in conference proceedings and journals, including Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems and Information & Management. He is currently an associate editor for Information Systems Journal and a member of the AIS standing committee on diversity & inclusion.
Christian Maier

Christian Maier

Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg

Christian Maier is an Assistant Professor at the University of Bamberg, Germany. His research on IS usage, technostress, E-HRM, IT workforce, and enterprise content management has been published in several conference proceedings and scientific journals including European Journal of IS, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Strategic IS and Journal of IT.
Liste der Associate Editors
  • Heiko Gewald, Hochschule Neu-Ulm
  • Janine Hacker, Universität Zürich
  • Julia Krönung, Universität Mannheim
  • Konstantin Hopf, Universität Bamberg
  • Lena Waizenegger, Auckland University of Technology
  • Mathias Klier, Universität Ulm
  • Oliver Krancher, Universität Bern
  • Oliver Posegga, Universität Bamberg
  • Stefan Koch, Universität Wien
  • Stefan Stieglitz, Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Verena Tiefenbeck, ETH Zürich
  • Christoph Weinert, Universität Bamberg
  • Heinz-Theo Wagner, GGS Heilbronn
  • Tim Weitzel, Universität Bamberg