Standards and Standardization
Minitrack, HICSS-38

The minitrack on “Standards and Standardization” will be part of the January 2005 HICSS-38 conference, to be held in Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii.


Minitrack Chairs

Joel West
College of Business
San José State University
Henk de Vries
Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

The minitrack is part of the Internet and the Digital Economy track, chaired by David King and Alan Dennis.


Standards and standardization play an essential role in IT infrastructure, facilitating coordination and modular design, and providing rules for cooperation between IT developers. This minitrack considers the creation, adoption and impact of both compatibility and administrative standards. The domain includes both inter-organizational and intra-organizational standards and standardization efforts.

Subject Domain

The minitrack will focus on the management and economic impacts of I.T. standardization. This includes:

Papers may consider all forms of standards, whether de facto or de jure, compatibility (e.g. APIs and protocols) or process standards (e.g. coding standards), inter-organizational or intra-organizational (cf. West 2003).

This is an interdisciplinary minitrack, and authors from all theoretical and methodological domains are encouraged to submit their work.

The minitrack is part of the Internet and Digital Economy track, reflecting the high interest by I.S. researchers in standards in Internet, web, and e-business (e.g., see the December 2003 ICIS workshop on standards and standard making). Acceptable topics include (but are not limited to):

To avoid conflicts with existing tracks, papers on standards content (e.g. an innovative protocol for wireless service discovery) should be submitted to the appropriate existing technical track. However, individuals with experience developing such standards are encouraged to use this minitrack to discuss topics such as

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact either of the minitrack chairs (well in advance of the June 15 deadline) if they have questions about the suitability of a potential submission.

Key Dates

March 31, 2004 (Optional) Submit abstract to minitrack chairs to confirm suitability or receive suggestions for alternate minitracks
June 15, 2004 Completed manuscript due to minitrack chairs
August 15, 2004 Minitrack chairs send notices of accepted manuscripts to authors
October 1, 2004 Deadline for proceedings version of manuscript (10 pages, single spaced, including all tables and figures)
October 1, 2004 Deadline for conference registration by at least one author
January 4-6, 2005 HICSS-38 conference (actual minitrack date TBD)

Publication in Special Issue

A subset of accepted minitrack authors will be invited to have their papers considered for a special issue of International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research (JITSR), the only journal focused solely on standards and standardization in I.T. industries.

By using JITSR’s Editorial Review Board as minitrack reviewers, and using an accelerated review process that overlaps with HICSS deadlines, we can expedite the review process to publish accepted papers in Spring 2005. At the time of the conference reviews, selected papers will receive either a conditional acceptance or revise and resubmit. They will then have two months to prepare a journal-length manuscript (typically longer than the proceedings version) for the second and possibly final review.

August 2004 Receive invitation from minitrack chairs, including instructions for revisions
October 15, 2004 Submit revised papers to JITSR
December 2004 Receive reviews
January 2005 (If necessary) resubmit final manuscript
May 2005 Publication in JITSR

Submission of a manuscript to the minitrack does not obligate an author to publish in the special issue. However, as a courtesy, authors will be expected to make a prompt decision after receipt of an invitation to join the special issue.

HICSS Submission Policies

Additional policies (including online submission procedures) will be posted to the conference call for papers.


West, Joel, “The Role of Standards in the Creation and Use of Information Systems,” in John L. King, and Kalle Lyytinen, eds., Proceedings of the Workshop on Standard Making: A Critical Research Frontier for Information Systems, Seattle, Wash. (December 2003): 314-326.
Last Updated January 7, 2005

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