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EMoWI 2019 : Ethics and Morality in Business Informatics


When Feb 24, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019
Where Siegen, Germany
Submission Deadline Dec 7, 2018
Notification Due Dec 22, 2018
Categories    business informatics   information systems   ethics   philosophy

Call For Papers

Call for Papers - Extended Deadline *7 Dec 2018*

Ethics and Morality in Business Informatics

Ethik und Moral in der Wirtschaftsinformatik (EMoWI’19)

Conference Wirtschaftsinformatik 2019
Siegen, 24 Feb – 27 Feb 2019

Submissions until: *7 Dec 2018*
Notifications of acceptance: 22 Dec 2018
Workshop: 24 Feb 2019


According to Immanuel Kant, ethics is concerned with the question, „What ought I to do?,“ as opposed to the other three basic questions “What can I know?,” “What can I hope?,” and “What is human?”. “What ought I to do as a Business Informatics researcher?” is therefore the central question of the theme “Ethics and Morality in Business Informatics”. As this question is fundamentally philosophical in nature, it does not only concern judgments about proper conduct in specific situations. Instead, the questions invites reflections at a higher level of abstraction, enabling a critical reflection about methodological principles of our discipline from a distinctively philosophical outlook. For example, it is possible to examine how basic principles and concepts of Business Informatics are related to more encompassing concepts of human life in general. In this vein, concepts like process, architecture, decision model, algorithm, and organizational rule can be studied against the backdrop of concepts like Weltanschauung, human rights, and values. The workshop “Ethics and Morality in Business Informatics” is meant to address questions of this kind.


Submissions to the workshop are invited to discuss ethical and moral questions arising in the whole spectrum of topics of Business Informatics. The following suggestions provide an impression of the intended orientation of the workshop, but you are cordially invited to propose additional topics.
- Are the subjects of Business Informatics associated with specific ethical questions? If so, what is the content and nature of these questions?
- The subjects in Business Informatics typically are intangible. Does this raise a need for specific procedures to justify proper conduct of Business Informatics research?
- Do (research) methods in Business Informatics involve specific value statements or Weltanschauungen? Is it possible to assume the possibility of value-free statements in Business Informatics?
- Are certain species of moral philosophies (e. g., deontologist or consequentialist moral theories) especially relevant for Business Informatics? Do typical decision models in Business Informatics implicate the basic principles of specific moral theories (e. g., consequentialism)?
- What is he role of models in Business Informatics? Can models be considered ethically neutral, or do they necessarily entail specific moral presuppositions?
- What kind of statements could a „Code of Ethics“ for Business Informatics professionals include (as opposed to the “Code of Ethics” of ACM)?
- Is it possible to formulate accessible „Dos” and “Don’ts” as guidelines for Business Informatics professionals?
- What experiences in relation to ethical questions were made in previous Business Informatics research projects?
- What initiatives concerning ethical values in Business Informatics do already exist in academia and industry? What are the results of these initiatives?
- Are ethical topics considered in Business Informatics curriculums at different universities globally?
- ...and many more.


The workshop invites submissions that discuss actions or principles of actions as manifested in methodological assumptions and commitments in Business Informatics from an ethical point of view. This also includes experience reports about concrete projects in academia and industry where questions about right and wrong conduct played a significant role. Submissions are both invited to raise questions and to report about situations where questions have already been answered in specific ways. Philosophical methods of inquiry are welcome, but not required.
The workshop’s primary language is German, but submissions in English are invited as well. Each submission will be reviewed by 3 members of the program committee. Accepted submissions must be presented by at least one author at the workshop. The results of the workshop will be presented at the conference dinner and they will be published as part of the conference proceedings.
The maximum page number of submissions is 10 pages (including title, abstract, bibliography, appendixes, author names and affiliations and acknowledgements). Short papers with a size up to 4 pages are also welcome. The abstract should not exceed 150 words. Keywords are optional. Additional information on submission requirements and the conference MS Word paper template are available at:, under „Format“.
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Program Committee

Başak Aydemir Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Oliver Bendel School of Business FH NW, Switzerland
Dominik Bork University of Vienna, Austria
Ulrich Frank University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Sedef Akinli Kocak University of Toronto, Canada
Dirk v.d. Linden University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Assaf Marron Weizmann Institue of Science, Israel
Björn Niehaves University of Siegen, Germany
Birgit Penzenstadler California State University, USA
Stefan Strecker Fernuniversität in Hagen, Gemany
(to be extended)


Jens Gulden, University of Duisburg-Essen, Information Systems and Enterprise Modeling, Universitätsstr. 9, 45141 Essen, Germany, Tel: +49 201 18-32719,
Alexander Bock, University of Duisburg-Essen, Information Systems and Enterprise Modeling, Universitäts­str. 9, 45141 Essen, Germany, Tel: +49 201 18-34563,
Sergio España Cubillo, Utrecht University, Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Buys Ballot Laboratory office 577, Princetonplein 5, De Uithof, 3584 CC Utrecht, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 30 2537088,

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