Emerging Topics and Technologies in Information Systems

Emerging Topics and Technologies in Information Systems

Miltiadis D. Lytras (University of Patras, Greece) and Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain)
Release Date: February, 2009|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 350
ISBN13: 9781605662220|ISBN10: 1605662224|EISBN13: 9781605662237|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-222-0


Today, the information systems (IS) discipline faces new challenges. Emerging technologies as well as matured approaches for the social, technical, and developmental role of IS provide a new context for the evolution of the discipline over the next few years.

Emerging Topics and Technologies in Information Systems communicates the challenges and opportunities that information systems research is dealing with today while promoting cutting-edge research on how current IS support is creating the critical backbone for the knowledge society. This book is an essential reference for policy makers, government officers, academicians, and practitioners thirsty for knowledge on IS and IT beyond traditional textbooks.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches to adaptation on the Web
  • Commercialization in information technology
  • Cultural and regional e-commerce
  • Enterprise resource planning system
  • ERP implementations
  • Global understanding environment
  • Information systems agility
  • Knowledge work with semantic portals
  • Measuring and reporting technological capital
  • Mobile Advertising
  • Personalized portal
  • Semantic information retrieval
  • Semantic models and rules
  • Technology-related privacy concerns
  • Virtual Environments
  • Web service discovery systems
  • Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks
  • Wireless integration of patient information systems

Reviews and Testimonials

This book goes beyond the verbalism of wishful thinking and applies modern approaches through emerging technologies like knowledge portals, push/pull technologies, Web 2.0, Semantic Web, adaptive and personalized technologies, metadata and content standards, free and open source software, ubiquitous and pervasive technologies, intelligent agents, content/knowledge management systems and grid technologies, among others.

– Miltiadis D. Lytras, University of Patras, Greece

This book provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities currently at play in the field of information research (IS).

– Book News Inc. (May 2009)

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, Miltiadis D. Lytras
The chapter addresses the importance of knowledge-based resources proposing indicators to measure and report technological capital in companies. The... Sample PDF
Measuring and Reporting Technological Capital in Companies
Chapter 2
Pankaj, Micki Hyde, Arkalgud Ramaprasad, Suresh K. Tadisina
There is no systematic study of Information Systems (IS) agility in academic and practitioner IS literature and the concept is not well defined. For... Sample PDF
Revisiting Agility to Conceptualize Information Systems Agility
Chapter 3
Vagan Terziyan, Artem Katasonov
Industry pushes a new type of Internet characterized as the Internet of Things, which represents a fusion of the physical and digital worlds. The... Sample PDF
Global Understanding Environment: Applying Semantic and Agent Technologies to Industrial Automation
Chapter 4
Jeffrey Hsu
The market for e-commerce to Chinese audiences is one which has tremendous potential, given the fact that the number of potential users and... Sample PDF
Targeting E-Commerce to Chinese Audiences and Markets: Managing Cultural and Regional Challenges
Chapter 5
Edward T. Chen
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the method of trying to unify all processes within an organization into one software system or database.... Sample PDF
Enterprise Resource Planning System: Issues and Implementation
Chapter 6
Sandip Vijay, S. C. Sharma
This chapter reviews the secure characteristics of mobile devices that can use wireless networks (adhoc) almost any where and any time, by using one... Sample PDF
A Secure Characteristics of Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks
Chapter 7
Jorge Marx Gómez, Thanh Tran
Approaches to adaptation have been proposed by many different research communities, Hypermedia System and Intelligent Tutoring in particular. The... Sample PDF
A Survey on Approaches to Adaptation on the Web
Chapter 8
Jorge Marx Gómez, Tran Duc
A portal is a Web-based single point of access that delivers information and applications to a user on its own and by the integration of external... Sample PDF
A Personalized Portal on the Basis of Semantic Models and Rules
Chapter 9
Sylvie Laforet, Hannah Limahelu
This wireless advertising is considered to be an important alternative advertising medium in the future, due to its numerous advantages over... Sample PDF
British Consumers' Attitudes and Acceptance of Mobile Advertising
Chapter 10
Javier de Andrés, Pedro Lorca, Jose Emilio Labra
This chapter aims to determine the factors influencing the decision of implementing an ERP system in a country where technology awareness and the... Sample PDF
Determinants of ERP Implementations: An Empirical Study in Spanish Companies
Chapter 11
Jaakko Ikävalko, Hänninen, Seppo J., Ari Serkkola, Ilkka Kauranen
Technology programs are a means to facilitate the development and commercialization process of new innovative technologies. They are forums for the... Sample PDF
Emerging Topics and Technologies in Information Systems
Chapter 12
Cliona McParland, Regina Connolly
While Internet-based technologies have the potential to empower users immensely, individuals are becoming increasingly aware of the ways in which... Sample PDF
Technology-Related Privacy Concerns: An Emerging Challenge
Chapter 13
Giovanni Vincenti
Fear of flying is a common problem that many people have to face. As varied as the causes may be, all kinds of fears have many aspects in common.... Sample PDF
Fear of Flying and Virtual Environments: An Introductory Review
Chapter 14
Thomas Hädrich, Torsten Priebe
Knowledge work can be characterized by a high degree of variety and exceptions, strong communication needs, weakly structured processes, networks... Sample PDF
A Context-Based Approach for Supporting Knowledge Work with Semantic Portals
Chapter 15
Le Duy Ngan, Angela Goh
Web services form the core of e-business and hence, have experienced a rapid development in the past few years. This has led to a demand for a... Sample PDF
Survey of Web Service Discovery Systems
Chapter 16
Antonio Picariello, Antonio M. Rinaldi
The user dimension is a crucial component in the information retrieval process and for this reason it must be taken into account in planning and... Sample PDF
User Relevance Feedback in Semantic Information Retrieval
Chapter 17
Abdul-Rahman Al-Ali, Tarik Ozkul, Taha Landolsi
This paper presents the results of a study toward generating a wireless environment to provide real-time mobile accessibility to patient information... Sample PDF
A Preliminary Study toward Wireless Integration of Patient Information System
About the Contributors


In a world were traditional business practices are reconsidered, economic activity is performed in a global context, new areas of economic development are recognized as the key enablers of wealth and income production, and the quest for collaboration and exploitation of synergies is recognized as an Information Technologies Primer, this book brings together academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and government officers aiming to contribute to the debate on emerging topics and technologies in information systems.

In the context of the knowledge society, the focus of research in this area has been set on applications of technologies for user-centered learning, building on the concept of human learning and on sound pedagogical principles, with the key objectives to be:

  • To increase the efficiency of learning for individuals and groups.
  • To facilitate transfer and sharing of knowledge in organisations.
  • To contribute to a deeper understanding of the learning process by exploring links between human learning, cognition, and technologies.
  • To promote humanistic visions for a better world based on open learning for all.

Technology enhanced learning is the best term to describe the domain of knowledge society technologies as applied in the learning context: "Learning for anyone, at any time, at any place”. With the shift towards the knowledge society, the change of working conditions and the high-speed evolution of information and communication technologies, peoples' knowledge and skills need continuous updating.

The book “Emerging Topics and Technologies in Information Systems” aims to become the reference edition for all those interested in knowing the current state of the art in technologies and trends in information systems field.

The special feature of this book is that it goes beyond the verbalism of wishful thinking and applies modern approaches through emerging technologies like knowledge portals, push/pull technologies, Web 2.0, Semantic Web, adaptive and personalized technologies, metadata and content standards, free and open source software, ubiquitous and pervasive technologies, intelligent agents, content/knowledge management systems and grid technologies, among others.

From the other hand, all the state-of-the-art themes are categorized and for the full list we develop strategies supported by emerging technologies. An important feature of the book we would like to highlight is the focus on real cases. For every strategy, supported by a key theoretical issue and a combination of technologies, the discussion is made in an organizational context. Real-world cases are used to show how theory supports practice and vice versa.

Additionally we also include further readings of a complimentary nature to the contents of the rest of our publication. As an added value to our readers, the further readings are to provide additional related data in support of the book’s comprehensive concepts, principles, and results, as well as studies that build upon the appeal of this publication as a one-stop reference source.

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos is a professor in the Department of Business Administration and Accountability in the Faculty of Economics at The University of Oviedo (Spain). Her teaching and research interests focus on the areas of strategic management, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and China. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Behaviour and Information Technology journal. Additionally, she is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital (IJLIC) and the International Journal of Strategic Change Management (IJSCM). She is also Editor-in-Chief of IGI Global’s International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management (IJABIM), as well as editor for a number of IGI Global book publications and full book series.