Call for Papers: Digitalization of Work at the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences


We cordially invite you to submit your work to the Minitrack on the Digitalization of Work at the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2022, planned to take place at the beautiful island of Maui in January 2022!

In this minitrack, we are looking for theoretical, conceptual and empirical papers investigating  the paradigm shifts of digital work. We anticipate submissions including (but not limited to) the following topics:


 Employee Relations

  • Motivating the future digital workforce
  • Work-life-balance, work-life separation, and work-life-blending
  • Dealing with mental health issues in digitized work
  • Dealing with social isolation in digitized work
  • Dealing with the digital divide from a temporal and spatial perspective
  • Temporary groups (pick-up groups) transforming into long-term teams
  • Intercultural communication and intercultural challenges


Human Resource Management

  • Distant leadership and management of the digitalized workforce
  • The implications of AI and algorithmic leadership
  • Leadership for cloud-worker, click-worker, crowd-worker, and digital nomads 
  • Gamification of performance measurements in digital work
  • Balancing self-leadership and intrinsic motivation with self-exploitation
  • Empowerment and motivation of the employees digitally
  • Skill development, learning, and talent identification in the digital environment
  • The design of virtual recruiting (e.g., gamified assessment center, virtual onboarding)
  • Establishing human automation resource management in the organization


Digital Work

  • Digital professions and practices
  • Balancing trust and surveillance in digital work and remote work
  • Augmentation of the work interface
  • Utilization of big data to empowering the digital employees
  • Platformization of digital work 
  • Digitalized professions and work forms


Virtual and borderless organization

  • Foster (open) innovation and intrapreneurship 
  • Fostering an organizational culture, work climate, commitment, and retention in a virtual organization 
  • Dissolution of company borders into the borderless organization
  • Employee participation, collaboration, workers councils, and unions in a global digital world
  • Avoiding the digital Taylorism and tackling the power shift in the new work forms
  • Establishing employee-focused strategies and creating a sustainable business model 
  • Professionalization of a hybrid workplace
  • Juridical and regulatory issues concerning remote and digitalized work
  • The role of the HR department in this digital world


Guide for authors

The submission deadline is June 15th, 2021

All papers must be submitted to a minitrack with a suitable thematic focus with your submission, and the submission cannot be submitted to more than one minitrack. The submissions must contain original material. They may not be previously published, nor currently submitted elsewhere. 

Submissions will undergo a double-blind review and further information about the format requirements, the submission system can be found at:

Important Dates:

April 15, 2021:          Paper submission begins

June 15, 2021:           Paper submission deadline (11:59 P.M. HST)

August 17, 2021:        Notification of acceptance/rejection

September 22, 2021:  Deadline for authors to submit final manuscript for publication

October 1, 2021:    Deadline for at least one author for each paper to register for the conference


If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact the Minitrack Chairs:

Tobias Scholz | University of Siegen |

Juho Hamari | Tampere University |

Maria Törhönen | Tampere University |

Brian McCauley | Jönköping University |


We look forward to your submission!

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