IRIS/SCIS Conference 2021

August 8–11
Orkanger, Norway


The IRIS (Information systems research seminar in Scandinavia) began in 1978 and is the oldest consecutive IS conference in the world. After its first few meetings in Finland, the seminar now alternates between the Scandinavian countries. The conference is organised as an annual working seminar for Scandinavian researchers and PhD students. Each paper accepted at IRIS is given an hour for discussion in a working group - providing a unique foundation for an in-depth discussion of your work. Each year the best papers are chosen for publication in the proceedings of IRIS selected papers.

In 2010, the IRIS research community launched its own – full-fledged – conference, the Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems (SCIS). The conference has a format which is known from other conferences such as the IFIP working conference series. The submitted papers will be selected through a rigorous and double blind review process performed by a programme committee consisting of senior Scandinavian and international researchers in our field. The selected manuscripts are presented in formal paper sessions. The SCIS proceedings are printed by Springer.

The IRIS association focuses on increasing the internationality of the conference and over the years, we have been happy to see an increasing number of participants from outside Scandinavia. Note the opportunity for scholarships for researchers outside of Scandinavia.

Read the proceedings and selected papers from past conferences.

Conference Theme

Living in a Digital World?

Information Systems and the neighboring fields have been concerned with digitalization processes since a long time. The widespread use of digital technologies has sparked opportunities for unprecedented development in terms of lifestyle (Yoo 2010), the relationship between citizens and governments (Androutsopoulou et al. 2019), remote operations (Jonsson et al. 2009), work and organizing (Huysman 2020), healthcare (Kempton and Grisot 2019), and addressing societal challenges (Majchrzak et al. 2016) and digital divides (Masiero and Das 2019; Roland et al. 2017).

In sum, several phenomena are being reassessed in terms of how they are increasingly shaped by digital technologies, i.e. become digital (Baskerville et al. 2020). In a sense, it might be obvious to assume that we live in a digital world.

But do we?

The rhetoric of digital transformation—and with it the idea of digital disruption—is still accompanied by substantial hype (Skog et al. 2018). It often tends to fall short of critically examining the actual day-to-day nature, challenges, and long-term implications of digitalization on a broad scale. The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has been only one illustration of the unresolved tensions associated with digital transformation. On the one hand, it has fast-forwarded the adoption of digital technologies for performing tasks remotely in real-time in ways that would have been unthinkable twenty years ago. Interestingly, the adopted technologies were already available in the market, having been developed as part of long-term processes of infrastructuring in different domains (see for example Pardo-Guerra’s (2019) study of finance infrastructures).

On the other hand, the sudden turn to the digital that we have experienced overnight at the outbreak of Covid-19 has also widened existing challenges and re-presented existing tensions and questions that scholarship in IS and in related fields such as Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI), has dealt with for quite some time (Baptista et al. 2020; Leidner 2020). In the last years, researchers have for example demonstrated how living with digital technology—as opposed to just adopting it (Faraj et al. 2016)—is causing a re-shuffling of the digital/physical division of labor in organizations (Waardenburg et al. 2018), but also a reconceptualization of labor through the emergence of digital platforms (Constantinides et al. 2018; Erickson et al. 2019). Others have observed how scholars are only beginning to understand the deep consequences that digital technologies, such as those based on AI, are having at different levels (Baptista et al. 2020). Moreover, the spread availability of digital data comes with unresolved social and ethical concerns, for instance in terms of privacy and surveillance (Zuboff 2019). Finally, the remote working arrangements that followed the Covid-19 crisis have shed light on a long-standing tension in our society, whereby remote working often implies that some categories—notably women—tend to be overburdened the house chores and children homeschooling on top of their work tasks (Power 2020; cf. Star and Strauss 1999).

In sum, we are far from understanding what a digital world means and implies. With the conference theme “Living in a digital world?”—with a question mark—we seek to trigger reflection on the nature and implications of the ongoing digital transformation we are living in. A critical and reflective stance toward digital technology design and development has always been at the heart of the Scandinavian IS and Participatory Design (PD).

SCIS/IRIS has a tradition of cross-disciplinarity, openness, and inclusion. We therefore welcome a plurality of voices and themes that engage with digital innovation and seek to construct “more accurate explanations of innovation processes and outcomes in an increasingly digital world” (Nambisan et al. 2017).

We solicit rigorous qualitative and/or quantitative empirical studies as well as conceptual contributions that expand on or call into question existing conceptions of digital transformation. We also welcome submissions that engage with surfacing the substantial new questions and challenges that digital transformation entails. In line with the SCIS/IRIS tradition, we also welcome paper that target general IS topics.

  • Androutsopoulou, A., Karacapilidis, N., Loukis, E., and Charalabidis, Y. 2019. “Transforming the Communication between Citizens and Government through AI-Guided Chatbots,” Government Information Quarterly (36:2), pp. 358–367. (
  • Baptista, J., Stein, M.-K., Klein, S., Watson-Manheim, M. B., and Lee, J. 2020. “Digital Work and Organisational Transformation: Emergent Digital/Human Work Configurations in Modern Organisations,” The Journal of Strategic Information Systems (29:2), Strategic Perspectives on Digital Work and Organizational Transformation, p. 101618. (
  • Baskerville, R., Myers, M. D., and Yoo, Y. 2020. “Digital First: The Ontological Reversal and New Challenges for Information Systems Research,” Management Information Systems Quarterly (44:2), pp. 509–523.
  • Constantinides, P., Henfridsson, O., and Parker, G. G. 2018. “Introduction—Platforms and Infrastructures in the Digital Age,” Information Systems Research (29:2), INFORMS, pp. 381–400. (
  • Erickson, I., Menezes, D., Raheja, R., and Shetty, T. 2019. “Flexible Turtles and Elastic Octopi: Exploring Agile Practice in Knowledge Work,” Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) (28:3), pp. 627–653. (
  • Faraj, S., von Krogh, G., Monteiro, E., and Lakhani, K. R. 2016. “Special Section Introduction—Online Community as Space for Knowledge Flows,” Information Systems Research (27:4), pp. 668–684. (
  • Huysman, M. 2020. “Information Systems Research on Artificial Intelligence and Work: A Commentary on ‘Robo-Apocalypse Cancelled? Reframing the Automation and Future of Work Debate,’” Journal of Information Technology, SAGE Publications Ltd. (
  • Jonsson, K., Holmström, J., and Lyytinen, K. 2009. “Turn to the Material: Remote Diagnostics Systems and New Forms of Boundary-Spanning,” Information and Organization (19:4), pp. 233–252. (
  • Kempton, A., and Grisot, M. 2019. “Real Person, Digital Patient: Representations and Reflective Practices in Remote Care,” AMCIS 2019 Proceedings. (
  • Leidner, D. 2020. “Editorial Reflections: Lockdowns, Slow Downs, and Some Introductions,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems (21:2). (
  • Majchrzak, A., Markus, M. L., and Wareham, J. 2016. “Designing for Digital Transformation: Lessons for Information Systems Research from the Study of ICT and Societal Challenges,” Management Information Systems Quarterly (40:2), pp. 267–277.
  • Masiero, S., and Das, S. 2019. “Datafying Anti-Poverty Programmes: Implications for Data Justice,” Information, Communication & Society (22:7), pp. 916–933. (
  • Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K., Majchrzak, A., and Song, M. 2017. “Digital Innovation Management: Reinventing Innovation Management Research in a Digital World,” Management Information Systems Quarterly (41:1), pp. 223–238.
  • Pardo-Guerra, J. P. 2019. Automating Finance: Infrastructures, Engineers, and the Making of Electronic Markets, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Power, K. 2020. “The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Increased the Care Burden of Women and Families,” Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy (16:1), Taylor & Francis, pp. 67–73. (
  • Roland, L. K., Sanner, T., Sæbø, J. I., and Monteiro, E. 2017. “P for Platform. Architectures of Large-Scale Participatory Design,” Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems (29:2). (
  • Skog, D. A., Wimelius, H., and Sandberg, J. 2018. “Digital Disruption,” Business & Information Systems Engineering (60:5), pp. 431–437. (
  • Star, S. L., and Strauss, A. 1999. “Layers of Silence, Arenas of Voice: The Ecology of Visible and Invisible Work,” Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) (8:1–2), pp. 9–30.
  • Waardenburg, L., Sergeeva, A., and Huysman, M. 2018. “Hotspots and Blind Spots,” in Living with Monsters? Social Implications of Algorithmic Phenomena, Hybrid Agency, and the Performativity of Technology, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, U. Schultze, M. Aanestad, M. Mähring, C. Østerlund, and K. Riemer (eds.), Springer International Publishing, pp. 96–109.
  • Yoo, Y. 2010. “Computing in Everyday Life: A Call for Research on Experiential Computing,” MIS Quarterly (34:2), pp. 213–231. (
  • Zuboff, S. 2019. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, (1 edition.), New York, NY, USA: PublicAffairs.

Call for Participation

In the light of this year's theme, we invite to participate to the conference:

SCIS12 Call for Papers

Paper Submission SCIS12 will soon be open for full research papers related to the conference theme as well as other areas of IS research. We welcome empirical as well as theoretical and methodological papers.

SCIS proceedings will be published by the AIS (Association for the Information Systems) and its digital library. Papers must follow the formatting instructions that will be provided.

Even this year, there will be a possibility of a fast track to the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. The SJIS editors will be attending the SCIS papers presentations and will select the papers to fast track.

Important dates:

Submit your SCIS paper here!

IRIS44 Call for Papers

Paper Submission IRIS44 will soon be open for full research papers related to the conference theme as well as other areas of IS research. We welcome empirical as well as theoretical and methodological papers.

Important information about the IRIS format:

Important dates:

Submit your IRIS paper here!


The conference takes place at the Bårdshaug Herregård in Orkanger, 40 km west of Trondheim.

The conference hotel

Majestic Bårdshaug Herregård dates back to the early 1900s and stands out from the hotel grounds like a small castle. Both the manor itself and the other charming older buildings in the grounds are frequently used for parties, meetings and lodging. The pleasant and modern main building hosts most of the guest rooms, the banqueting hall and conference rooms, as well as the reception, the hotel kitchen and the restaurants Ministeren and Jaktbaren. This is where most of the action takes place and where you will be welcomed upon your arrival.

How to get there

Orkanger is located along the E39 highway, and is a central hub in the region. It is a 30 minutes’ drive away from Trondheim, Løkken, Lensvik, Kyrksæterøra, Melhus and the E6 near Klett. The distance from Trondheim Airport Værnes is approximately one hour. From Røros, Oppdal and Hitra it will take you a couple of hours by car.

Travelling by public transport? The hotel is a two minute walk from Orkanger bus station. From here there are frequent bus services to and from Trondheim. See ATB for bus schedules.

Trondheim and NTNU

This year's conference is hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. Some impressions from Trondheim, located 40 minutes from the conference venue:
View from Kristiansten Fortress
Kristiansten Fortress by night
View over old town and Nidarosdomen
Trondheim Skansen harbour
View from the old bridge


Main organizer
Logo NTNU, Department of Computer Science
Conference chair
Elena Parmiggiani (NTNU)
Programme chairs
Miria Grisot (UiO) and Eric Monteiro (NTNU)
SCIS papers chairs
Patrick Mikalef (NTNU) and Alexander Moltubakk Kempton (UiO)
IRIS general chair
Babak A. Farshchian (NTNU)
IRIS co-chairs
Stefan Hochwarter (NTNU) and Tangni Dahl-Jørgensen (NTNU)
Stefan Hochwarter (NTNU)
Financial chair and local arrangements chairs


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