Dear IB colleagues,


I hope to draw your attention to an interesting conference: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS-51: January 3-6, 2018,  Hilton Waikoloa Village. It is organized at a perfect location (Hawaii) and features several sessions that I believe are of interest to IB scholars, including the below Minitrack  which I am involved in. Hoping to see as many as possible of you there!


Best regards,


Mika Gabrielsson

Professor of International Business

University of Eastern Finland

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“Knowledge Society, Culture, and Knowledge Systems”- Minitrack, HICS-51


The purpose of our minitrack is to explore the impact and role of culture on managing knowledge and designing and implementing knowledge systems within groups and organizations. As noted by Castelfranchi and Paglieri (2007) a knowledge society generates, processes, shares, and makes available to all members knowledge that may be used to improve the current state. Our minitrack covers broad issues related to culture (sub-cultures and national cultures) and knowledge management and systems. In today's dynamic and complex environment where data, big data and data analytics are so central extracting and managing germane and pertinent knowledge has never been more essential. To do this effectively one must also consider systems and cultures. These are all central aspects of the proposed mini track.  We are open to all methodological and theoretical approaches and welcome papers as well as research-in-progress papers from researchers and practitioners from various disciplines.


Potential topics in our minitrack may include, but are not limited to:




Castelfranchi C., Paglieri F (2007). The role of beliefs in goal dynamics: Prolegomena to a constructive theory of intentions  SYNTHESE, vol. 155 pp. 237 - 263.



Conference and Submission Information:

Important Dates :

June 15, 2017 | 11:59 pm HST : Paper submission deadline
August 17, 2017 : Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
September 22, 2017 : Deadline for authors to submit final manuscript for publication
October 1, 2017 : Deadline for at least one author of each paper to register for HICSS-51

January 3-6, 2018: Conference at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island



Minitrack co-chairs:


Minna Rollins

University of West Georgia

Department of Marketing & Real Estate

Carrollton, GA-30188, USA

Phone: +1-770-847-8151

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Minna Rollins (D.Sc.) is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of West Georgia (USA). Her research interests include in customer information usage, customer relationship management systems, sales management, and international marketing. She has published her research in the journals as Industrial Marketing Management, the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, and in a number of international conference proceedings such as Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science. She is Associate Editor for Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and she is a frequent reviewer in many marketing and logistics journals and serves at the Editorial board of Industrial Marketing Management. Dr Rollins serves as Visiting Professor of International Business in University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus.



Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Epworth Health Care

and Faculty of Health Deakin University

Bldg BC Level 4, 221 Burwood Highway

Burwood VIC 3125, Australia

Phone: +61 3 9244 3052

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Professor Nilmini Wickramasinghe(PhD, MBA, Grad DipMgtSt, BSc) is the inaugural Professor – Director Health Informatics Management at Epworth HealthCare and the Professor of Health Informatics Management at Deakin University, Australia. For over 20 years she has been actively, researching and teaching within the health informatics domain with a particular focus on developing suitable models, strategies and techniques grounded in various management disciplines to facilitate more effective design, development and implementation of technology solutions to effect superior, value-based patient centric care delivery. Professor Wickramasinghe has collaborated with leading scholars at various premier healthcare organizations throughout Australasia, US and Europe and is well published with more than 300 referred scholarly articles, more than 10 books, numerous book chapters, an encyclopaedia and a well established funded research track record. Professor Wickramasinghe is the editor-in-chief of two scholarly journals published by InderScience: Intl. J. Biomedical engineering and Technology( and Intl. J Networking and virtual Organisations(



Mika Gabrielsson

University of Eastern Finland

Business School

Kuopio, Finland

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Mika Gabrielsson  (D.Sc.) is Professor of International Business and Sales Management at the University of Eastern Finland. In his present capacity he heads the International Business and Sales Management unit and the Doctorate Program in Business. Prior to this position he served for ten years as professor at Aalto university, where he now is an Adjunct Professor.  Also, he is affiliated as a Visiting Professor of Human Resource Management & Organizational Strategy at University of Portsmouth, UK. His teaching covers areas such as international business and sales management in global context, and research interests include among others rapid globalization. He has been active in research projects funded by Academy of Finland and Tekes, such as the ‘Born Globals’ and ‘Response to Globalization’ projects.  Also, he has headed several EU funded ESR projects, such as ‘International Business and Sales’ (IBS) and ‘International Growth and Interaction’. He has published about 150 articles in refereed international journals or conference proceedings, and many of them have been included as chapters in International Business books. He is a frequent reviewer in many journals and serves for instance at the Editorial board of Industrial Marketing Management.  Before joining the academic world he held several senior positions in purchasing and marketing of global high-tech companies.










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