Journal of Management Information Systems

Volume 36 Number 1 2019 pp. 1-10

Editorial Introduction

Zwass, Vladimir

This 36th volume of JMIS is opened by the Special Section on Engineering Artifacts and Processes of Information Systems. The Section brings together the works focusing on Enterprise Architecture Management, Bitcoin blockchain, and Collaboration Engineering, three aspects of IS design undergirding the contemporary delivery of information services. The Guest Editors, Justin Scott Giboney, Robert O. Briggs, and Jay F. Nunamaker, introduce the significance of each of the papers to you.

In the first paper of the general section, Likoebe M. Maruping, Viswanath Venkatesh, James Y.L. Thong, and Xiaojun Zhang introduce and test empirically a risk-mitigation framework for IS projects worked on by teams with diverse predominant cultural values, thus foregrounding the role of these values in risk management. Integrating several theoretical perspectives, the authors develop a people-process-technological aspects framework that allows them to offer practical suggestions to software-development managers. Notably, the paper opens an avenue to a further granular study of cultural impacts on the multiple facets of risk management in the team-based software production.

Two subsequent papers show the effectiveness of the IS research in the context of ameliorating serious societal and personal afflictions. Julia Klier, Mathias Klier, Lea Thiel, and Ritu Agarwal address the pressing issue of youth unemployment with their study of the mobile peer-group counseling approach. Implemented on a well-known messaging platform, the peer-group support system has been found by the researchers to be a highly meaningful complement to the traditional career-counseling sessions. The study shows how the peer-group support app was grounded in the theoretical premises and how the randomized field experiment allowed the researchers to draw the conclusions regarding its effectiveness. Along with the authors, we may note that this lightweight peer support approach may be extended to many other environments.

The next paper in the issue highlights the effectiveness of a related approach in a more fraught context. Online health communities, or communities of affliction, have become a highly important means of social support, morale boosting, and—vitally—the means of exchanging the information among the participants on the ways of addressing their condition. The totality of the experiential knowledge exchanged surpasses in many cases that possessed by the individual physicians and serves, under the ethical precautions, the pharma companies. Here, Langtao Chen, Aaron Baird, and Detmar Straub study with econometric methods the aspects of the effectiveness of discussion boards focused on several chronic diseases. Their findings include the conclusion that helping others has a stronger effect on the attitude of the participants than being helped themselves. Co-creation of value indeed.

In the next paper, Randall K. Minas and Alan R. Dennis show how the use of creativity support systems (CSS) may be made more effective with priming. Specifically, the authors use visual music as the priming stimulus concurrent to the task. The videos were unrelated to the tasks, yet focusing on victory and achievement. The tasks consisted in idea generation, and the priming was found significantly effective in broadening the participants’ solution space. The authors provide a careful analysis of the results and show how the currently used CSS, as well as other information systems (IS), may be enhanced with such priming add-ons.

Kevin Craig, Jason Bennett Thatcher, and Varun Grover define and operationalize an important construct that many of us encounter and recognize intuitively. They call the construct the IT identity threat, and find it culpable in the resistance to the adoption and use of information systems. Deploying several disciplinary literature streams on identity and self-esteem, the researchers recognize several personal, social, and work-related threats that may be perceived by an individual and lead to the resistance. The work is important in defining a key construct and testing the model encompassing its nomological network. As the authors point out, this work also offers the first operational measure of an identity threat of any kind and is a reciprocal contribution to the reference disciplines to which we are in debt.

User engagement is the key to success of online knowledge exchange platforms. The engagement has, of course, multiple dimensions, quantity and quality of contributions being the most obvious. The motivation to contribute has been a subject of extensive research, with the intrinsic motivations often found to crowd out the extrinsic ones, such as payment for contribution (asking or answering), via psychological effects. As the next paper in the issue shows, further study and contingency analyses are required. Zhijun Yan, Lini Kuang, Ni Huang, and Yili Hong conduct a study of financial incentives in a quasi-natural experiment on a platform with hybrid dual paid and voluntary services. Among the nuanced results is the finding that, beyond the salutary effects on knowledge contribution, the financial incentives spill over to affect positively the non-incentivized user behaviors. It follows that the role of financial incentives in value co-creation by users requires further investigation.

Global virtual teams develop much of the software we use. Leading these teams has always been a challenge, if only owing to their non-colocation, cultural dispersion, and frequent round-then-clock operation. Leadership is frequently shared among several team members, the sharing assumed generally to have a good effect. However, as the concluding paper of the issue shows, this is not always the case. The authors, Emma Nordbäck and J. Alberto Espinosa, classify the contingencies of shared leadership. They go on to present the results of their qualitative investigation of the effectiveness of the coordination mechanisms under shared leadership, and are able to offer practical contingency-based guidelines.

The opening of the new volume is the occasion to thank the members of our Editorial Board and our referees, the primary guarantors of the quality of the papers we publish. Here are the names of the JMIS reviewers:

Ahmed Abbasi

Marc Adam

Ashish Agarwal

Hyung Jun Ahn

JaeHyeon Ahn

Manju Ahuja

Tolga Akcura

Oliver Alexy

Muhammad Aljukhadar

Gove Allen

Paul Alpar

Niek Althuizen

Kemal Altinkemer

Naveen Amblee

Bonnie Anderson

Corey Angst

Ofer Arazy

Kursad Asdemir

Norman Au

Yoris Au

Hyunmi Baek

Qing Bai

Akhilesh Bajaj

Hillol Bala

Dirk Baldwin

Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay

Youngsok Bang

Gaurav Bansal

Reza Barkhi

Henri Barki

Jordan Barlow

Richard Baskerville

Genevieve Basselier

Dinesh Batra

Daniel Beimborn

D. France Belanger

Skip Benamati

Michel Benaroch

Alexander Benlian

François Bergeron

Ganesh Bhatt

Sudip Bhattacharjee

Tammo Bijmolt

David Biros

Ivo Blohm

Jesse Bockstedt

Riccardo Bonazzi

Indranil Bose

Tobias Brandt

Nicola Breugst

Glenn J. Browne

Sebastian Bruque

Scott Buffett

Judee Burgoon

Andrew Burton-Jones

Ashley Bush

Brian Butler

Terry A. Byrd

Sonia M. Camacho

Jinwei Cao

Lan Cao

Hasan Cavusoglu

Ron Cenfetelli

Hsin-Lu Chang

Young Bong Chang

Mohamed-Hédi Charki

Sutirtha Chatterjee

Michael Chau

Patrick Chau

Aihui Chen

Andrew Chen

Daniel Chen

Guoqing Chen

Hong-Mei Chen

Hsinchun Chen

Jianqing Chen

Jin Chen

Kay-Yut Chen

Kuan Chen

Li Chen

Liwei Chen

Rui Chen

Hsing Kenneth Cheng

Xusen Cheng

Yi Cheng

Mike Cheung

Robert T.H. Chi

Roger Chiang

Benjamin Chiao

Ananth Chiravuri

Chaochang Chiu

Jong-min Choe

Ben Choi

H. Michael Chung

Sunghun Chung

Wingyan Chung

Isabelle Comyn-Wattiau

Randolph Cooper

Robert E. Crossler

Kevin Crowston

Qizhi Dai

John D’Arcy

Elizabeth Davidson

Gregory Dawson

Jason Dedrick

Benedict Dellaert

Chrysanthos Dellarocas

Haluk Demirkan

Tianjie Deng

Xuefei Deng

Amit Deokar

Sarv Devaraj

Rajiv Dewan

Debabrata Dey

Jens Dibbern

Indika Dissanayake

Su Dong

Tianxi Dong

Line Dubé

Peter Duchessi

Robert Easley

Dana Edberg

Christophe Elie-Dit-Cosaque

Aaron Elkins

Mike Eom

Sean B. Eom

J. Alberto Espinosa

Andrea Everard

Kelly Fadel

Ming Fan

Patrick Fan

Xiao Fang

Yu-Hui Fang

Yulin Fang

Dennis Fehrenbacher

Rei Fen

Jane Feng

Daniel R. Fesenmaier

Thomas A. Fischer

Jerry Fjermestad

Chris Forman

Chiara Francalanci

Shixuan Fu

Johann Füller

Brent Furneaux

John Gallaugher

Gordon Gao

Hong Gao

Monica Garfield

Rajiv Garg

Ina Garnefeld

Edward J. Garrity

Ruyi Ge

Abhijeet Ghoshal

Janis L. Gogan

Kim Huat Goh

Thomas Goh

Sigi Goode

Dale Goodhue

Anand Gopal

Ram D. Gopal

Nelson Granados

Peter Gray

Dawn G. Gregg

Shirley Gregor

Ulrike Gretzel

Robert K. Griffin

Michael D. Grigoriades

Ken Guo

Xitong Guo

Xunhua Guo

Zhiling Guo

Saurabh Gupta

Nicole Haggerty

Jungpil Hahn

Ingoo Han

Kunsoo Han

Shu Han

Il-Horn Hann

Andrew Hardin

Matthew Hashim

Taha Havakhor

Irina Heimbach

Cheng-Suang Heng

Raymond Henry

Hemantha Herath

Tejaswini Herath

Traci Hess

Alan R. Hevner

Oliver Hinz

Chad (Yi-Chun) Ho

Susanna Ho

Christian P. Hoffmann

Richard Hoffman

Jason Hong

Kevin Hong

Weiyin Hong

Yili (Kevin) Hong

Zhe Hong

John A. Hoxmeier

Jeffrey Hu

Nan Hu

Paul Hu

Petra Hu

Qing Hu

Chun-Yao Huang

Ming-Hui Huang

Shiu-Li Huang

Wayne Huang

Xiaowen Huang

Thomas Huber

Kai Lung Hui

Wendy Hui

Ard Huizing

Ghiyong Im

Gretchen I. Irwin

Anja Ischebeck

Varghese Jacob

Bharat A. Jain

Hemant Jain

Jeevan Jaisingh

Tabitha James

Dietmar Jannach

Jeff Jenkins

Matthew Jensen

James J. Jiang

Qiqi Jiang

Yang Jiang

Zhengrui Jiang

Zhenhui Jiang

Monica Johar

Alice Johnson

Eric Johnson

Emmanuel Josserand

Surinder Kahai

Arnold Kamis

P.K. Kannan

Maurits Kaptein

Prasanna Karhade

Jahangir Karimi

Michael Kattan

Timothy Kayworth

Weiling Ke

Mark Keith

Peter Kenning

William J. Kettinger

Lara Khansa

Moutaz Khouja

Melody Y. Kiang

Byung Cho Kim

Dan J. Kim

Dongmin Kim

Hee-Woong Kim

Keongtae Kim

Kihoon Kim

Seung Hyun Kim

Taekyung Kim

Young-Gul Kim

Ruth King

Rajiv Kishore

Brent Kitchens

Gary Klein

Richard Klein

Sven Kleinknecht

Stefan Knoll

Cenk Kocas

Chang Koh

Rajiv Kohli

Tobias Kollman

Praveen K. Kopalle

Kenneth A. Kozar

Ramayya Krishnan

Uday Kulkarni

Akhil Kumar

Ram Kumar

Subodha Kumar

Jason Kuruzovich

Hyeokkoo Eric Kwon

Juhee Kwon

Ohbyung Kwon

Atanu Lahiri

Karl R. Lang

Nishtha Langer

Kai R. Larsen

Michael Lash

Benjiang Lee

Brian Lee

ByungJoon Lee

Byungtae Lee

Daniel Lee

Dong-Joo Lee

Gene Moo Lee

Goonwoong Lee

Gwanhoo Lee

Heeseok Lee

Ho Geun Lee

Jong Seok Lee

Jungwoo Lee

Thomas Lee

Yang Lee

Youngjin Lee

Pierre-Majorique Léger

Dorothy Leidner

Chen Li

Dahui Li

Jiexun Li

Mengxiang Li

Seth Li

Shengli Li

Ting Li

Weifeng Li

Xiaobai Li

Xiaotong Li

Xin Li

XinXin Li

Xitong Li

Yan Li

Huigang Liang

Nan (Peter) Liang

Ting-Peng Liang

Paul Licker

John Lim

Shi Ying Lim

Aleck Lin

Fu-ren Lin

Mei Lin

Zhijie Lin

Charles Zhechao Liu

De Liu

Jun Liu

Ying Liu

Yipeng Liu

Alexandre Lopes

Paul B. Lowry

Benjiang Lu

Jingdu Lu

Yixin Lu

Henry C. Lucas, Jr.

Andy Luse

Christoph Lutz

Mark Lycett

Dan Ma

Xiao Ma

Jane M. Mackay

Massimo Magni

Pruthikrai Mahatanankoon

M. Adam Mahmood

Bin Mai

Feng Mai

Ronald Maier

Yogesh Malhotra

Deepa Mani

Ravi Mantena

Kent Marett

Panos Markopoulos

Likoebe M. Maruping

Anne P. Massey

Lars Mathiassen

Sabine Matook

Kurt Matzler

Kristina McElheran

Ephraim R. McLean

Nigel Melville

Philip Menard

Nirup Menon

Thomas Meservy

Shaila Miranda

Dinesh Mirchandani

Abhay Nath Mishra

Stephanie Missonier

Prasenjit Mitra

Kannan Mohan

William Money

Ali R. Montazemi

Ramiro Montealegre

Alan Montgomery

Greg Moody

Jolene Morrison

Barin N. Nag

Fiona Nah

Guofang Nan

Ravi Narayanaswamy

Derek Nazareth

Matthew Nelson

R. Ryan Nelson

Boon Siong Neo

Derrick Neufeld

Dirk Neumann

Dorit Nevo

Saggi Nevo

Michael Newman

Tingting Nian

Mark Nissen

Dmitri Nizovtsev

Oded Nov

Jeong-ha Oh

Joo Hee Oh

Lih-Bin Oh

Onook Oh

Wonseok Oh

Bob O’Keefe

Lorne Olfman

James Oliver

Nadia Olivero

Bob Otondo

Peter Otto

Eric Overby

Zafer D. Ozdemir

Asil Oztekin

Gautam Pant

Manoj Parameswaran

Michael Parent

Insu Park

SungJune Park

Craig Parker

Bhavik K. Pathak

Praveen Pathak

Ravi Patnayakuni

Souren Paul

David J. Pauleen

Kenneth Peffers

Robin Pennington

Christoph Peters

Chee-Wei Phang

Roger A. Pick

Selwyn Piramuthu

Huseyin Polat

Jean-Charles Pomerol

Jaana Porra

Constance Porter

Clay Posey

John H. Prager

David Preston

Jeffrey Proudfoot

Sandeep Purao

Jessica Pye

Hamed Qahri-Saremi

Liangfei Qiu

Lingyun Qiu

Wen Guang Qu

Xin Xue Qu

Arik Ragowsky

Rex Kelly Rainer, Jr.

Balaraman Rajan

Vandana Ramachandran

Arkalgud Ramaprasad

Bala Ramesh

R. Ravichandran

Gautam Ray

Louis Raymond

Blaize Horner Reich

Bruce Reinig

Fei Ren

Yuqing Ren

Paul Resnick

Hyuen-Suk Rhee

Amir Riaz

William B. Richmond

Christoph Riedl

René Riedl

Lionel Robert

Nicholas Roberts

Michael Rogich

Huaxia Rui

Ko de Ruyter

Sherry D. Ryan

Young U. Ryu

Michael Sacks

Khawaja Saeed

Rajib Saha

Otavio Sanchez

G. Lawrence Sanders

Radhika Santhanam

Pallab Sanyal

Saonee Sarker

Surendra Sarnikar

Carol Saunders

Kevin Scheibe

George Schell

Hans J. Scholl

Petra Schubert

Judy Scott

Isabella Seeber

Eric See-To

Ravi Sen

Sagnika Sen

Sylvain Sénécal

Alexander Serenko

Nainika Seth

Vikram Sethi

Theresa M. Shaft

Zhe Shan

Tushar Shanker

Raj Sharman

Jim Sheffield

Hong Sheng

Zhan Shi

Hung-Pin Shih

Siew Kien Sia

Keng Siau

Anna Sidorova

Mark Silver

Harpreet Singh

Param Vir Singh

Rajendra Singh

Atish P. Sinha

Sumit Sircar

Bernd Skiera

Stefan Smolnik

Jaeki Song

Scott Spangler

William E. Spangler

Rajendra P. Srivastava

Shirish C. Srivastava

Thomas F. Stafford

Eric W. Stein

Dennis Steininger

Stefan Stieglitz

Theofanis C. Stratopoulos

Diane M. Strong

Ayoung Su

Mani Subramani

Chandra Subramaniam

Ramanath Subramanyam

Ayoung Suh

Daewon Sun

Heshan Sun

Arun Sundararajan

Shankar Sundaresan

Juliana Sutanto

Ali Tafti

Paul P. Tallon

Chee-Wee Tan

Chuan-Hoo Tan

Yao-Hua Tan

Quian Tang

Xinlin Tang

Mohan R. Tanniru

Monideepa Tarafdar

Nolan Taylor

Orkun Temizkan

Gary F. Templeton

Hock Hai Teo

Thompson Teo

Matthew Thatcher

Ferdinand Thies

Dominic Thomas

Ron Thompson

James Y.L. Thong

Ryad Titah

Vilma Todri

Torrie Wu Tong

Monica Chiarini Tremblay

Manuel Trenz

Dimitrios Tsekouras

Yanbin Tu

Ofir Turel

Tuure Tuunanen

Doug Twitchell

Nathan W. Twyman

Sonja Utz

Rustam Vahidov

Ganesan Vaidyanathan

Peter van Baalen

Antal van den Bosch

Wietske van Osch

Daniel Veit

Goetz Viering

Padmal Vitharana

Douglas Vogel

Sebastian Voigt

Jan vom Brocke

Heinz-Theo Wagner

Eric Walden

Jeffrey Wall

Joseph Walls

Zhiping Walter

Alan Wang

Bin Wang

Chong (Alex) Wang

Eric T.G. Wang

Jingguo Wang

Michael S. Wang

Qiu-Hong Wang

Shouhong Wang

Sophia Wang

Weiquan Wang

Xin Wang

Yinglei Wang

Y. Richard Wang

Deepa Wani

Sidne Ward

Mary Beth Watson-Manheim

Sunil Wattal

Thomas Weber

Chih-Ping Wei

Markus Weinmann

Tim Weitzel

John Wells

Michael Wessel

Robert West

Jonathan Whitaker

Michael E. Whitman

Jeffrey L. Whitten

George Widmeyer

Rolf Wigand

Fons Wijnhoven

E. Vance Wilson

Robert Winter

Christopher Wolfe

Christina Wong

Charles A. Wood

Hans Wortmann

Ryan Wright

Dazhong Wu

Choon Ling Xia

Lan Xia

Xiao Xiao

Mingdi Xin

David Xu

Heng Xu

Hongjiang Xu

Jennifer Xu

Lizhen Xu

Peng Xu

Yunjie (Calvin) Xu

Ling Xue

Lucy Yan

Yinping Yang

Zhiyong Yang

Oliver Yao

Cheng Yi

Denny Yin

Zhitao Yin

Byungjoon Yoo

Yufei Yuan

Wei T. Yue

Chun Zeng

Dongsong Zhang

Han Zhang

John Zhang

Ping Zhang

Xiaoquan Zhang

Yulei Zhang

Zhu Zhang

Huimin Zhao

J. Leon Zhao

Kang Zhao

Kexin Zhao

Xia Zhao

Dmitry Zhdanov

Lina Zhou

Wenqi Zhou

Yilu Zhou

Zhongyun Zhou

Hongwei Zhu

Wenqi Zhu

Youlong Zhuang

David Zimbra

Moshe Zviran