CSS-44 Call for papers for the minitrack on:

Part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track

of the Forty-Fourth Annual

Hawai’i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS)

Kauai – January 4-7, 2011

Please note that submissions to this minitrack will also be considered in extended form for the JAIS Special Issue (see details below)

Papers are invited for the minitrack on “COLLABORATION IN VIRTUAL WORLDS AND METAVERSES” as part of the Collaboration Systems and Technology Track at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).

Collaboration in virtual worlds presents a new area of research. Virtual worlds and metaverses provide a visual window to a persistent and synthetic world inhabited by avatars that are deeply involved in social interactions, along with economic and commercial activities. They are immersive by nature and reinvent the notions of “being together” and awareness for distributed teams. Virtual worlds and metaverses present challenges and opportunities for individuals and groups working together: challenges as groups using virtual worlds have to overcome limitations originating from not sharing the same physical space and opportunities as virtual worlds offer possibilities that are impossible in the real world. To address these challenges and opportunities, this minitrack invites theoretical and empirical research that investigates how individuals and teams within and between organizations use virtual worlds and metaverses to coordinate tasks, share information, simulate processes, solve problems, make decisions, create and manipulate objects, innovate, and create value.

This minitrack provides one of the key international platforms on which the following issues can be discussed:

     The design, application, and evaluation of virtual world environments and applications.
     The impact of virtual world characteristics on individual and team behavior.
     Collaboration methods, techniques, patterns, and best practices to support productive (a)synchronous collaboration between individuals and groups.
     Theoretical foundations and practical approaches to understand, model, and design collaboration in virtual worlds and metaverses.
There are no preferred methodological stances for this minitrack: this minitrack is open to both qualitative and quantitative research, to research from a positivist, interpretivist, or critical perspective, to studies from the lab, from the field, or developmental in nature.
Themes and topics of relevance to this minitrack include, but are not limited to (related topics not listed are especially welcome):

Organizational perspectives on virtual world collaboration

        The impact of virtual world collaborations on organizational performance
        Change management using virtual world environments
        Success factors for virtual world collaboration
        Factors influencing virtual world adoption, adaptation, and diffusion
        Introducing virtual world collaboration technologies and processes in organizations and groups
Individual and group perspectives on virtual world collaboration

        Management and leadership styles in virtual worlds
        Motivation for individual and team performance in virtual worlds
        Skills, knowledge, and abilities to collaborate successfully in virtual worlds
        Personality characteristics and traits and their influence on virtual world collaboration
        Team size and composition in virtual world collaboration
Work and process perspectives concerning virtual world collaboration

        Different tasks and task types in virtual worlds
        Creativity and innovation in virtual world collaboration
        Approaches and processes for repeatable tasks in virtual worlds, e.g. focus groups, recruitment, strategy planning, and requirements specification & analysis
        Identifying, measuring, and evaluating patterns of virtual world collaboration, e.g. generation, reduction, clarification, organization, evaluation, and commitment building.
        Best practices, collaboration techniques (thinkLets) and pattern languages for virtual world collaboration
Design perspectives on virtual world collaboration

        Theories, guidelines and strategies for designing collaboration processes, technologies and systems for virtual world collaboration
        Enhancing robustness, flexibility, and longevity of virtual world applications, processes and technologies
        Modeling techniques and frameworks to support virtual world collaboration processes and applications
        Embedded technologies for virtual worlds
        Information access, processing, and dissemination in virtual world collaboration
Social issues concerning virtual world collaboration

        Facilitation in virtual world environments
        Collaboration styles in virtual worlds
        Cultural perspectives on virtual world collaboration
        Approaches to training virtual world collaboration skills
        Ethical issues surrounding virtual world collaboration

Authors submitting to the HICSS minitrack will be invited to submit an expanded version for a special issue in the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS) on Team Collaboration in Virtual Worlds. The submission deadline for this issue is 30 October, 2010. Please note that it is not required to submit a paper to the HICSS minitrack to be considered for the JAIS issue.
More information on the JAIS issue can be found at:

Gert-Jan de Vreede (primary contact)

University of Nebraska at Omaha & Delft University of Technology

Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis

Managing Director, The Center for Collaboration Science

1110 South 67th street, Omaha, NE 68182-0116 USA

phone: (402) 554-2026  fax: (402) 554-3400

Moez Limayem

Chair, Information Systems Department

Sam M. Walton College of Business

University of Arkansas

Imed Boughzala

Department of Information Systems

Telecom Business School

Institut TELECOM

9 rue Charles Fourier 91011 Evry Cedex France

phone: (33) 1 60-76-45-74  fax: (33) 1 60-76-44-93


The purpose of HICSS is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, research results, development activities, and applications among academicians and practitioners in computer-based systems sciences. The conference consists of tutorials, advanced seminars, presentations of accepted papers, open forum, tasks forces, and plenary and distinguished guest lectures. There is a high degree of interaction and discussion among the conference participants because the conference is conducted in a workshop-like setting.

Instructions for submitting papers:

     Submit an electronic copy of the full paper, 10 pages including title page, abstract, references and diagrams using the review system available at the HICSS site, make sure that the authors’ names and affiliation information has been removed to ensure an anonymous review.
     Do not submit the paper to more than one minitrack. The paper should contain original material and not be previously published or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.
     Provide the required information to the review system such as title, full name of all authors, and their complete addresses including affiliation(s), telephone number(s) and e-mail address(es).
     The first page of the paper should include the title and a (max) 300-word abstract.

        May 15:                    OPTIONAL: Abstracts submitted to Minitrack Chairs for guidance, indication of appropriate content and to receive instructions on submitting full paper.
        June 15:                  Full papers uploaded in the directory of the appropriate minitrack.
        August 15:               Notification of accepted papers mailed to authors.
        September 15:         Accepted manuscripts, camera-ready, uploaded; author(s) must register by this time.
Send all correspondence related to this minitrack to:

Gert-Jan de Vreede (primary contact)

University of Nebraska at Omaha & Delft University of Technology

Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis

Managing Director, The Center for Collaboration Science

1110 South 67th street, Omaha, NE 68182-0116 USA

phone: (402) 554-2026  fax: (402) 554-3400


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