ECIIC Mini Tracks

Call for Papers for the Mini Track on How do firms extract intellectual capital from Big Data, data analytics and artificial intelligence?

Mini Track Chair: Harold Harlow, Wingate University’s Porter Byrum School of Business.

ECIIC 2019 Mini Track on How do firms extract intellectual capital from Big Data, data analytics and artificial intelligence?

With nonexistent intellectual property rights and the legal and regulatory frameworks in flux, data commercialization is currently governed contractually and via organizational arrangements. As with other digital commodities, data business models tend to be complex and non-obvious. How can new or evolving business models facilitate data commercialization? When is data licensing feasible and when does data need to be embedded in other digital services? How do firms compete with data, i.e. can data provide differentiation in complex digital service arrangements? How does a firm extract intellectual capital from its store of data and in what form can that IC take?  Are patents a viable approach to data analytics models and approaches.  Is the data gleaned from data analytics and artificial intelligence intellectual capital? Will advances in computer science scale and enable open data markets or is data governance in the Internet of Things confined to limited data pools or data-sharing consortia? How will such pools or consortia be structured to enable networked data?  How does artificial intelligence fit into the intellectual capital strategy of the firm. How can firms protect their intellectual capital gained through IT, Big Data analytics and artificial intelligence from competitors in a data lake world?

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Legal and regulatory needs for AI, Big Data and data analytics.
  • What data qualifies as intellectual property?
  • How does AI fit into the intellectual capital of the firm?
  • What business models make sense in a data analytics world?
  • How can firms differentiate themselves in this data lake world?
  • How can customers be protected from misuse by AI or data analytics business models (i.e., Amazon-like personal analytics)?

Call for Papers for the Mini Track on Sustainability and Integrated Reporting in Public and Hybrid Organizations

Mini Track Chair: Prof. Massimo Sargiacomo, University G.d’Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

ECIIC 2019 Mini Track on Sustainability and Integrated Reporting in Public and Hybrid Organizations

Disclosing sustainability information is progressively becoming mandatory in both the public and private sectors. In particular, public sector organizations are asked to be more transparent and to increase their accountability by disclosing both financial and non-financial performance. Many public sector organizations provide services that affect peoples’ lives and thus they are expected to behave responsibly and sustainably to safeguard the needs of future generations. As a result, accountability expectations have become more demanding for public sector organizations compared to private sector organizations.

The track covers also hybrid organizations that differentiate different societal sectors. A hybrid organization can be allocated within the space of a triangle enclosed by the public sector, the private for-profit sector and a third sector covering various activities and institutions of civic society. Within this triangle are several hybrids:

  • Public/private for-profit hybrids such as state owned enterprises (SOEs).
  • Private for-profit/third sector hybrids like social enterprises or co-operatives.
  • Public/third-sector hybrids such as welfare associations or other organizations sponsored by government.

Measuring economic, social and environmental sustainability performance in the public sector and in hybrid organisations is interesting because they operate in a complex business environment, which combines financial and non-financial objectives. Additionally, hybrid organisations have difficulty meeting every stakeholders’ needs because individual stakeholders may have conflicting interests. Thus, public sector and hybrid organizations may experience difficulty creating sustainability and integrated reports, because they need to balance stakeholder interests with reporting on providing public goods and services, while they do not primarily have a profit.

In this mini-track we welcome theoretical, conceptual and empirical papers investigating the issues and implications of sustainability and integrated reporting in public and hybrid organizations. Also, a special issue on these themes is being proposed for 2019 in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management 

The Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. ISSN: 1096-3367 will consider papers accepted for the mini track on Sustainability and Integrated Reporting in Public and Hybrid Organizations for possible development and publication.