Call for Papers

Update on CPR 2020 in relation to Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. Based on information from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the German government and the Robert-Koch-Institute, we have decided to cancel this year’s event.

We would like to thank you all for your great support for CPR 2020. We are really sorry about this decision, but we think it is the best that we can do in this unexpected and uncertain situation. Let’s hope that we recover from this situation soon and that we are able to welcome you all in an future CPR conference in Nuremberg, Germany.

We look forward to seeing you next year at CPR 2021. Stay healthy!

Sven Laumer, Jeria Quesenberry, and Damien Joseph

Conference Co-Chairs                  

Christian Maier, Daniel Beimborn, and Shirish C. Srivastava

Program Co-Chairs

ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research 2020
Digital Innovation: Designing our Digital Future
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Dates: June, 19-21, 2020

Printable CFP: Download the SIGMIS CPR 2020 Call for Papers
Submission System: 

Important Dates for Academic Papers, Posters and Doctoral Consortium
Submission deadline: January 15, 2020 February 3, 2020 for papers and posters
Notification of acceptance: March 2 March 13, 2020
Camera-ready version: March 23 April 1, 2020

For over 55 years, ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research (CPR) conference has engaged the academic and practitioner communities in understanding issues pertaining to the intersection of information technology (IT) and people. From its roots in the studies of the IT workforce, CPR has broadened its focus to investigate all aspects of this important and complex relationship. We are delighted to welcome the 2020 ACM SIGMIS CPR conference to Nuremberg, Germany, in June 2020.

Early implementations of information systems were designed to automate administrative and transactional work by utilizing large enterprise systems. Now digital technologies are ubiquitous; influencing every aspect of society, work, and life. Societies, organizations, and individuals now face many new dilemmas, new questions, and new uncertainties. As digital technologies infuse and shape our daily lives, many of our core theoretical perspectives are derived from a time when computers were new and unknown to many organizations and people.

The context of digital innovations provides CPR research opportunities to develop new theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Such approaches may require novel concepts, models, and methods to understand how societies, organizations, and individuals apply, share, adopt and are impacted by digital innovation to build a digital future. Hence, there is a need for research at the intersection of societies, organizations, and individuals as well as the people being in charge of the digital innovation process and those who are educating the digital creators and leaders of the future. Therefore, the CPR 2020 conference seeks papers addressing, but not limited to the following questions:


  • What leads to individuals adopting or resisting the use of digital innovations?
  • What are the impacts of emerging technologies on individuals?
  • How does the design of a digital innovation impact acceptance and/or resistance?
  • How do individual humans interact with robotic co-workers or services?


  • How can organizations understand emerging technologies and their potential risks and opportunities?
  • How can organizations enable incremental and disruptive digital innovation?
  • What is the business value of digital innovations? From what does this value derive?
  • Will emerging IT enable new organizational forms? What are those forms?
  • How does the interaction of IT and people impact innovation, and how is innovation impacted by this interaction?
  • How does IT impact entrepreneurial activities?


  • How does and will digital innovation impact the nature of work?
  • How can we address various digital divides?


  • What are the best ways to organize IT work to enable digital innovation?
  • What factors impact retention and turnover in the IT workforce?
  • What unique challenges exist for managing IT workers, and how do we meet those challenges?
  • Why are some demographic groups under-represented in the IT workforce?
  • What are the characteristics of the IT workforce? How are these characteristics changing?
  • What are the key skills for entry into the IT workforce? How are these skills changing?
  • What ethical issues result from embedding IT in work?
  • What security and privacy issues result from embedding IT in work?


  • How do we help students develop the skills needed for entry into, and success in the IT workforce and digital innovation?
  • How can we attract promising students to IS programs?
  • How should IS programs deal with emerging technologies and digital innovation?
  • How should IS programs differentiate themselves from computer science, analytics, data science and other overlapping programs with regard to digital innovation?
  • How can universities best prepare students for careers in IS and IT?

In addition to the conference theme, we also invite submissions to a general IS track that broadly addresses issues at the intersection of information technology and people.

Format of Submissions

ACM SIGMIS CPR 2020 welcomes both completed papers and research-in-progress papers, (which may be accepted as posters), and submissions designated as posters. All papers must be original, unpublished elsewhere, and submitted on the ACM SIG proceedings interim – template available for download from: You can use the interim template for the initial submisison.

All reviewing will be double-blind.

  • Completed papers may include conceptual papers, empirical papers and industry case studies. They must not exceed 5000 words including all text, figures, and tables. The abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.
  • Research-in-progress papers must not exceed 2000 words including all text, figures, and tables. The abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count.
  • Poster presentations must not exceed 500 words and should provide a comprehensive overview of the topic, research approach, findings to date (if any) and future plans for project.
  • Panels: Ideas for interesting panels related to the conference theme should be submitted directly to Sven Laumer (