[Eurchap] Fwd.: CfP International Review of Information Ethics "Business Intelligence meets Moral Intelligence".

M.J. Menou michel.menou at orange.fr
Fri Aug 15 10:52:59 EDT 2008

Yvonne Thorhauer, Stefan Blachfellner, Jonathan Gordon-Till

Business Intelligence meets Moral Intelligence
Call for Papers for Vol. 10 (01/2009)

Deadline for extended abstracts: October 3, 2008
Notification of acceptance to authors: October 17, 2008
Deadline for manuscripts submission: November 17, 2008
Deadline for revised manuscripts: December 19, 2008
Projected time of final publication: January 2009

With this call we invite authors to submit papers to examine the 
interrelations of moral intelligence and
business intelligence. The global adoption and use of information and 
communication technologies in
economics and everyday life leads to a set of not-yet answered questions 
addressing information ethics
theory and practice as well as its impact on business ethics and practice.

The first set of questions addresses the changing rules of business 
ethics in a continuously changing
business and social environment. Who are the actors and who is 
responsible? What are their relations?
Which rules are and should be followed when handling knowledge and 
information? What influence do
media have on the rules of the game? What influence do markets have and 
with it industries and
lobbies on media ethics itself? And, while media is changing its 
production, distribution and
consumption via information and communication technologies, do the known 
moral rules, the
perception of behavior and the ethical judgment in societies also change?

The second set of questions addresses the fitness of organizations with 
intelligence in its strategic
decision processes and its applied behavior. Evolving adaptive systems 
need information about their
environment in real time as well as about their own condition in 
relation to it. But what do we value as
relevant information for economic fitness? What are the underlying 
assumptions? Does business
intelligence foster intelligent business? And as we are in need of 
information and are heading towards a
knowledge economy: Where do we draw the line between legal and illegal 
as well as between moral
and immoral information services and practices?

The third set of questions addresses business intelligence as a 
technology driven field. The following
questions arise in this regard: Can we design technology to strengthen 
ethical business practice?
Which opportunities and challenges does the designer of information 
technologies face in this context?
What are the implications of the today’s technology design on ethical 
debates (e.g. privacy and
surveillance) and business practice?

In academic and professional literature, the link between business and 
moral intelligence – though of
increasing economical, political and social importance – has not been 
adequately discussed in a public
forum. However, some of the topics mentioned here are touched on by:
Rafael Capurro and Petra Grimm: “Wirtschaftsethik in der 
Informationsgesellschaft – eine Frage des
Vertrauens?” (2007);
UNECSO Report: “Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies – a 
survey”, prepared by Mary
Rundle and Chris Conley (2007), 
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001499/149992E.pdf ;
Kenneth C. Laudon and Detlef Schoder: “Wirtschaftsinformatik – Eine 
Einführung” (2006);
George Reynolds: “Ethics in Information Technology” (22006);
Doug Lennick and Fred Kiel: “Moral Intelligence. Enhancing Business 
Performance and Leadership
Success” (22008);
Richard J. Cox: “Ethics, Accountability, and Recordkeeping in a 
Dangerous World” (2006);
Lee Freeman and A. Graham: “Information ethics – privacy and 
intellectual property” (2005);
Richard T. De George: “The ethics of information technology and 
business” (2003);
Bhavani M. Thuraisingham: “Web Data Mining and Applications in Business 
Intelligence and Counter-
Terrorism” (2003).

We are looking for contributions dealing with the following topics for 
our next IRIE issue. Authors are
invited to send an article from the perspective of one specific topic as 
well as any combination with
other topics. We welcome speculative as well as empirical analyses.

1. Ethics & Economy in the Information Age
a. Reasons for and basic principles of business ethics and their 
influence on business
intelligence and practice
b. Moral rules for the handling of knowledge and information in a 
company, between
organizations and between economy and society in general
c. Interrelations between media ethics and business ethics (e.g. 
lobbying, positive and
negative campaigning, calumny, quality assurance, etc.)
d. Media governance as convergence between media and business ethics
e. Differences as well as convergence between traditional media, new 
media and
multichannels with their specific rules of media ethics
f. ‘Prosumers’, ‘blogging’, discussion forums and legal frameworks
g. Market and consumer perception and the interrelation with media 
coverage as driving
forces for change in business behavior
h. Corporate governance, corporate citizenship and corporate social 
responsibility in the
information society
i. Operationalization / measurements for good governance, citizenship, 
ethical behavior
and sustainability in business
j. Market bodies of rules and regulations (e.g. syndicates, 
multinationals, financials,
products, etc.)
k. Corporate responsibility, individual responsibility and legal frameworks
l. The dilemma of global information networks and local information 
ethics and behavior in
global markets

2. Ethics & Strategy in the Information Age
a. Reasons for and basic principles of intelligent business
b. Corporate strategies and leadership towards intelligent business
c. Applied systems thinking, cybernetic and strategic decision making 
towards intelligent
d. Value creation and valuation methodologies towards intelligent business
e. Knowledge management, business intelligence and ethics
f. Consumer information, knowledge and ethics
g. Competitor information, knowledge and ethics
h. Supply chain information, knowledge and ethics
i. Research & Development information, knowledge and ethics
j. Employees information, knowledge and ethics
k. Performance measurements information, knowledge and ethics
l. Corporate security and ethics
m. Business cases and success stories in ethical strategic decisions and 

3. Ethics & Information Technologies
a. Reasons for and basic principles of business intelligence
b. Design of business intelligence tools for sustainable intelligent 
business modeling
c. Design of business intelligence tools within the conflicting 
priorities between information
services and information ethics
d. The area of conflict with electronic industrial espionage and 
business intelligence
e. The surveillance society, data mining, privacy and the transparent 
human being
f. Future trends in web 2.0 and in semantic technologies in the 
conflicting priorities
between information services and information ethics
g. Design of trustable systems and their influence on user acceptance 
and experience
h. Criterions for a ‘good’ information technology

The Rules of the Game
Potential authors must provide an extended abstract (max. 1500 words) by 
October 3, 2008. Abstracts
may be submitted in the native language of the author though an English 
translation of this abstract
must be included if the chosen language is not English. IRIE will 
publish articles in English, French,
German, Portuguese or Spanish. The author(s) of contributions in French, 
Portuguese, or Spanish
must nominate at least two potential peer reviewers. Abstracts will be 
evaluated by the guest editors.

The authors will be informed of acceptance or rejection by October 17, 
2008. Deadline for the final
article (3.000 words or 20.000 characters including blanks) is November 
17, 2008. All submissions will
be subject of a peer review. Therefore the acceptance of an extended 
abstract does not imply the
publication of the final text (January 2009) unless the article has 
passed the peer review.

For more information about the journal see: http://www.i-r-i-e.net
Dr. Yvonne Thorhauer (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, 
Germany), Stefan Blachfellner
(INDABA Corporate Consulting, Austria) Jonathan Gordon-Till (Oxford 
Business Intelligence, UK), will
manage the special issue as guest editors. Please send the extended 
abstracts by e-mail to all of them:
Dr. Yvonne Thorhauer: ythorhauer at philkoll.de
Stefan Blachfellner: stefan.blachfellner at indaba-consulting.at
Jonathan Gordon-Till: jonathan at gordon-till.com

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