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CFP: Global and Cross Cultural Impacts of Big Data, AMCIS 2014

20th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
Smart Sustainability, the Information Systems Opportunity
Savannah, GA, August  7-10, 2014


Manyika et al. (2011; 4) note “big data has now reached every sector of the global economy. Like other essential factors of production … much of modern economic activity simply couldn’t take place without it.” An emerging grand challenge involves gathering, organizing, curating, managing, analyzing, visualizing and disseminating these heterogeneous data over the lifecycle of the data for such purposes such as scientific discovery, medical advances, entrepreneurial activity and public policy formulation.

People in the public and private sectors are taking note of this development as are academics, who are exploring ways of dealing with big data, defined by the National Science Foundation (2012) as:

…large, diverse, complex, longitudinal, and/or distributed data sets generated from instruments, sensors, Internet transactions, email, video, click streams, and/or all other digital sources available today and in the future.

This minitrack solicits high quality conceptual and empirical work that focuses on the global impacts of big data on governments, multinational companies, NGOs and other organizations. Big data datasets and the technologies for analyzing them are developing faster than our understanding of the ways in which this phenomenon is impacting and will impact the ways work is done in a wide range of settings. As scholars and researchers begin to investigate the impacts of Big Data, this minitrack provides a venue for them to share their work.


Appropriate topics for this minitrack include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Big data use in organizational, national and international settings
  • How the introduction of big data affects organizational and group work flow
  • Ways that big data is affecting organizational and group decision making
  • Security and privacy impacts of big data use
  • The intended and unintended consequences of big data
  • The dark side of big data: surveillance, illicit activities, discriminatory analytics, and the end of privacy
  • Big data as a social, political, economic, and/or cultural phenomenon

Minitrack Chairs

  • Pnina Fichman, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
  • Howard Rosenbaum, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University


Instructions for authors and more information is available at:

Full paper submissions must be made electronically through the AMCIS on-line submission system no later than March 1, 2014. Manuscript Central will start accepting paper submissions on January 5, 2014 at: Additional instructions for authors:

Important Dates

March 1, 2014: (11:59 PM EST): Deadline for paper submissions
April 4 2014: Authors will be notified of acceptances on or about this date
April 18, 2014: Authors revisions due
April 25, 2014: (11:59 PM EST): For accepted papers, camera ready copy due