International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2017 – A decade of NeuroIS

International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2017 – A decade of NeuroIS

From the 10th to 13th of December 2017, the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) took place in Seoul (South Korea). This annual event is the most prestigous conference for information systems scholars and the largest conference that is being organized by the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Each year, the event takes place in one of three regions: (1) Americas, (2) Europe, Africa and the Middle East, (3) Asia and Pacific; hence, moving on to region 1, ICIS will take place in San Francisco in 2018. This year, more than 1,300 participants from all around the globe presented more than 400 submissions that were in centered around the conference’s theme „Transforming Society with Digital Innovation„.

ICIS in Seoul

With René Riedl and Thomas Fischer, two researchers from the Digital Business team attended the conference this year. After a long trip from Europe to South Korea, they arrived in Seoul and were welcomed by sunny weather at freezing temperatures. They then made their way to the business district of this gigantic city (about 25 million people in the metropolitan area) to arrive at their hotel and the COEX center were the actual conference took place for the next few days. On the first evening of their stay (Sunday, December 10) all participating researchers were welcomed during a reception in the grand ballroom of the COEX. During the next two days participants then presented their findings in one of the 22 tracks of the conference. A possibility to network and see some parts of the city was then offerend to the participants on Tuesday evening when they were invited to a social event at the Banpo Floating Islands at the Hangang river. This was also an opportunity to meet colleagues such as Armin Heinzl who are also regularly attending conferences such as ICIS or the NeuroIS retreat.

Research presented by FH OOE scholars: „A Decade of NeuroIS Research“

The submission by René Riedl, Thomas Fischer and Pierre-Majorique Léger (HEC Montréal) titled „A Decade of NeuroIS Research: Status Quo, Challenges, and Future Directions“ was presented in the track „Research Methods, Theorizing, and Philosophy“, which was hosted by Shirley Gregor (Australian National University). Three presentations were being held during one session on Tuesday afternoon, which included an introduction to agent-based modeling and its applications in IS research by Horst Treiblmaier (MODUL University, Vienna), an overview of mouse movement metrics that could be used to assess survey response biases by Jeff Jenkins (Brigham Young University, USA) and in-between those presentations, an overview of the last ten years in NeuroIS research was given.

Based on a review of 164 NeuroIS articles published between 2008 and 2016, the researchers tried to answer the questions:

  • WHO published NeuroIS research?
  • WHAT kind of NeuroIS research was published?
  • WHICH major thematic orientation was chosen by NeuroIS researchers?
  • HOW was the empirical NeuroIS research conducted?

Overall, they found that NeuroIS has become an established research field in the IS discipline, that the NeuroIS community has reached a critical mass of active researchers, and that the expectations regarding the potential of NeuroIS to contribute to both Is theory and practice seems to be fairly realistic today. A conclusion that the presenting researchers shared with the audience members (some of them being NeuroIS veterans such as Fred Davis, Jan vom Brocke, or Adriane Randolph) was the hope that NeuroIS will continue to prosper and continue to make the same progress that it has made during the last ten years. They also invited interested researchers and practitioners to next year’s NeuroIS Retreat, which will take place for the 10th time and will, from now on, be located in the capital of Austria, Vienna.


More on the topic of NeuroIS can be found on and the ICIS presentation can be found here: Presentation

A Decade of NeuroIS Research: Status Quo, Challenges, and Future Directions
AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)


NeuroIS Research in Steyr

NeuroIS Forscher Rene Riedl

Prof. Dr. René Riedl

Prof. Dr. René Riedl is a professor for digital business and innovation and since 2013 he is part of the department for „Digital Business“ at the University of Applied Sciences in Steyr. He is one of the founders of the field of NeuroIS (, a sub-domain of information systems research. Research of René Riedl has been published in some of the most high-ranking IS journals  such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and Journal of Information Technology.

More details on his previous research and publications can be found on his personal website as well as in the knowledge documentation of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.

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