IIMA Autumn News 2021

Dear friends and members of the IIMA,

We hope that you all remain well and that the pandemic has not unduly impacted you. I am sure that I speak for us all when I say that the last year has been bizarre – at times very difficult, worrying and isolating, but I am delighted the worst seems to be over. We will be moving back to face to face teaching this Fall. 

Since the previous conference in 2019 we have enjoyed some interesting and dynamic online symposiums on a variety of subjects. We hope that you have managed to engage with those.

As time for the 2021 conference is getting closer, we thought it timely to update you on the plans for the conference scheduled for October 18-20 hosted by University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands.

We postponed the conference last year due to COVID-related travel restrictions. This year we plan to proceed. Travel remains uncertain, but we are planning to host an in-person conference in Utrecht for those who can make it. There will be the normal set of social and cultural activities for those in attendance.

Those who cannot travel but can contribute a paper/panel/workshop online we would welcome your input and we will organise a programme to support presentations from different time zones.

We have a growing number of abstracts and papers already but we urge you to submit your contribution now that you know we are definitely proceeding. We have therefore reset the final deadline to be 12th September 2021.

The programme committee are working on plans for additional research brainstorming work to support a group funding bid opportunity. If you are present you will be able to contribute and be included on any bid subject to the eligibility of the cal(s)l targeted. 

If the various Governments allow travel then I certainly plan to be there, and I hope to see you too.

The original call

Theme: Human-Centric Digitalisation

The International Information Management Association was founded in 1989, with the mission of providing a unique blend of high-quality academic research and social interaction. The 32nd annual meeting aims to promote the dynamic exchange of ideas among researchers, educators, developers and practitioners who share their research and disseminate innovations in education, business, and government. This conference is devoted to examining and sharing how business analytics and technology innovations can help us succeed in a world where information is increasingly taking center stage. Come, join and share with us in Utrecht.

Conference topics include but are not limited to:

Artificial Intelligence
Accounting and Auditing Applications
Big Data
Biomedical and Healthcare Informatics
Business Analytics and Business Intelligence
Cloud Computing
Cultural and Societal Implications of IT
Cyber Security and Privacy
Data and Knowledge Management
E-Learning and Teaching Innovations
Emerging Technology Innovations
Gaming and Simulations
Intelligent Systems
Legal and Ethical Issues in an Information-Driven World
Mobile Computing
Networks and Wireless Technologies
Organizational Impacts of Information Systems
Social Networking and Electronic Communication
Strategic Management of IT
Virtual Organizations

IIMA News 2020 – 2021

Dear IIMA friends

A Happy New Year to you all!

We hope that you are all well. I am sure that we are all pleased to see the back of the year 2020 and in the UK we are delighted to see the roll out of the new vaccines to address the COVID pandemic. Clearly 2020 has been a challenge for many of us and it has certainly had an impact on the way we work here in the UK with home working and online classes becoming the norm.

As we look forward to 2021 I wanted to set out some thoughts that I hope will feature in your plans for this year and give you something to look forward to!

Conference – October 2021

We had to postpone the majority of the conference in 2020. We did manage a short online version (iima.org/wp/31st)

We expect to have our 32nd annual conference in Utrecht, Netherlands. This is always a highlight and the chance to visit Europe again will be special. Remember the fantastic times we have had before – Conference 2021 will be extra special for the wait! The IIMA conference is a great opportunity to share and debate our work in this very supportive and inspiring community.

Look out for the full call for papers. Please book this in your schedule and start to plan that paper you wish to submit.

Monday, October 18 – Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Theme: Human-Centric Digitalisation (Human-Centric Digitalisation – IIMA)

Symposium & Webinars on the following topics

We were delighted to have four webinar / symposiums last year. One thought provoking discussion session on Ethics and AI, another panel symposium on Open Data in addressing the pandemic, an excellent talk on Digital Leadership and Alison Munsch led a very helpful session on online teaching and learning.

Look out for the next ones. We have one coming up (27th January) on Cybersecurity hosted by Vincent Nestler. This will be based on the NICE Challenge Project (nice-challenge.com). It is a project he leads, and it is an excellent free resource for any educational organization to use.  

We are then planning two further sessions on “Big Data: Lessons from the future” in February and another one on a linked topic of “Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning” in March or April.  

These sessions are really helpful opportunities to test out some early work, develop ideas for your next research project, to hear from some experts, researchers or practitioners about their field … so help us to learn and share, and to keep the community alive during these unusual times. These can be the springboard for your conference paper. If you would like to host a session or give a talk, please let us know.

Submission of Papers

And if you have been completing work then don’t forget to keep your papers coming in to the two journals – a presentation in a symposium could be the basis for developing a fuller paper. See for guidelines and information on how to submit: Call for Papers – IIMA

So our best wishes for a healthy and successful 2021 – and most of all I look forward to it being the time we can all meet again.

Professor Ian Allison

President IIMA

IIMA Spring News 2019

Spring message from IIMA 2019 President

Dear friends and colleagues:
The start of spring always provides me with renewed energy for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. With a great conference in Houston still in my mind, I am happy to see all the hard work that is being put into organizing this year’s event that will be hosted by Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. I would like to personally invite you to submit an abstract or paper to the 30th (!) Annual International Information Management Association Conference – September 23-25, 2019. This year’s theme is Business Analytics and Technology Innovations: Succeeding in an Information-Driven World. As always we welcome both scientists (professors, PhD candidates and students) as well as practitioners to the conference. Papers can be submitted here.

More information can be found on our website www.iima.org or in our upcoming newsletter.

As many of you know IIMA publishes two journals, the Journal of International Technology and Information Management (JITIM), as well as the Communications of the IIMA (CIIMA), both are double blind reviewed publications. All papers that have been published in the past are available open access at no charge and can be found here and here. If you’re interested in cooperating with one of our journals, we are always looking for new reviewers as well as paper submissions. For more information you can contact the journal editors here.

 Enjoy the summer and I hope to seeing you all again this September in New York! — Pascal Ravesteijn, IIMA 2019 President

IIMA 2018 Summer News


Greetings from IIMA 2018 President

Greetings! The academic year is almost coming to an end for most of us, and hopefully it has been a good one. Looking back at the past year we see many successful activities such as the conference at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley. Many old and new friends met and joined in interesting workshops and presentations. Furthermore it is good to see that both our journals are publishing high quality papers with relevance to both the scientific community as well as practice.

Also lots of hard work and planning has been taking place behind the scenes, with many thanks to Emmanuel and many others in organizing this year’s conference. I would like to personally invite you to submit an abstract or paper to the upcoming joint 29th Annual International Information Management Association and 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Economic Development hosted by Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas – October 8-10, 2018. As always there will be workshops, and regular paper track presentations; also be sure to invite your students and PhD candidates to submit papers as well. Invite your colleagues, friends and students to submit their papers or abstract to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iimaicited2018

Even with all these great activities going on we of course still miss our founder and inspirer Tapie Rohm. However by continuing what he started his legacy will always be remembered.

Enjoy the summer and I look forward to seeing you all again this Fall!

— Pascal Ravesteijn, IIMA 2018 President

IIMA 2018 Spring News

Message from the CEO

Friends and Colleagues of the IIMA:
A new year has come and another successful conference has passed.  We had a wonderful time in Scotland and are thankful for all the work and effort of our members.
We are dedicated to providing opportunities to succeed.
We are grateful for our journal editors, our reviewers and those that have submitted articles.
I want to personally invite each of you to attend and invite you to bring 3 things to the conference: a friend/colleague, a paper to present, and an idea to usher the IIMA into the future.
We look forward to this year’s conference in Houston and a visit to NASA.


Trevor Rohm, MD, MS, FAAFP
CEO, International Information Management AssociationChief Medical Officer and Emergency Department/Trauma Director, Hardeman County Memorial Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor, Texas Tech University
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
Diplomat, Clinical Informatics, American Board of Preventive Medicine


IIMA 2017 News Spring 2017

Greetings from IIMA 2017 President

Spring greetings and I hope your academic year has been a good one so far. As we begin to prepare for summer and the following academic year, we can look back at the successful 2016 conference in Taiwan and begin looking forward to 2017 in Scotland. Lots of hard work and planning has been taking place behind the scenes, with many thanks to Ian and Abel. I am eager to witness the outcome and meet old friends.

To the end, I would like to personally invite you to submit an abstract to the joint 28th Annual International Information Management. Association and 4th International Conference on Information Technology and Economic Development hosted by University of the West of Scotland in Paisley, Scotland – September 11-13, 2017. There will be workshops, regular paper track presentations, a PhD Symposium and Student Presentations; so be sure to invite your students and PhD candidates to submit papers as well. Invite your colleagues, friends and students to submit their one-page abstract to 

We should also consider what Tapie mentioned about using IIMA as a consultancy group for governments and other business organizations. Something I would like everyone to give some thought to over the next several months.!

Enjoy the remainder of your semester and I look forward to seeing you all again this Fall.

— Rob Schumaker, IIMA 2017 President

Download the newsletter here: IIMA 2017 – Spring

IIMA 2017 News Winter 2017

Information Management in the 21st Century:
Smart Systems for Complex Problems

The complexity of human, business and organisational problems are increasing and require smart systems to help tackle them.   From a technical perspective there is the search for more efficient computing algorithms using computational intelligence along with nano-scale technologies and sensors that could simplify human, business and industrial operations by taking over human cognitive functions.  We find the application of smart systems in a wide range of topics such as the support for the elderly and disabled, medical applications, smart city technologies (e.g. transportation, energy management, and industrial automation), and different business systems (e.g. e-payment).  Since these technologies are mostly to assist humans, the human side of the system cannot be ignored.  Nor can we ignore business and organisational aspects since the systems affect business and organisations either as recipients or as financiers.  There is great opportunity for research in areas such as systems analysis, information management (which includes big data from which intuitive insights can be drawn), knowledge management and human-computer interface.  This conference, therefore, expects contributions about current research and work in progress in both the technical and non-technical aspects of smart systems geared at addressing complex human, business, industrial and organisational problems.

Download the newsletter here: IIMA 2017 – Winter

IIMA 2017 News Fall 2016

IIMA 2017, Scotland, UK

Mark your calendar and invite your colleagues to join us IIMA 2017 in Scotland, UK!

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is a modern multi campus university serving the West of Scotland. The Paisley campus, where the conference is to be held, lies just outside the vibrant city of Glasgow and about an hour by train to the country’s capital and cultural hotspot, Edinburgh. Paisley is world famous for being the birthplace of the ‘Paisley Pattern’ (the teardrop pattern of the Paisley Shawl), a colorful and beautiful representation of the town’s manufacturing past. A short journey out of Paisley takes you into the beautiful and mountainous scenery of Loch Lomond (http://www.lochlomond.trossachs.org)
whilst a little further takes you to the edge of the Scottish Highlands with its remarkable landscape, castles, and battlegrounds. The West of Scotland also has interesting islands like Isle of Cumbrae (https://www.visitscotland.com/info/townvillages/cumbrap24259) which is very popular with tourists.

Recapping IIMA 2016

We would like to thank all those who participated in IIMA 2016 in Tapei, Taiwan. The welcoming locale was the perfect setting for three days of stimulating research presentations, dynamic discussions, and collegial collaboration.  punctuated by the engaging keynote speaker, Vincent Sritapan, a program manager in the Cyber Security Division (CSD) for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at DHS S&T.

Download the newsletter here: IIMA 2017 – Fall