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International Journal of Information Technology and Management
International Journal of Information Technology and Management


Special Issue on: “Organisational Blogs: Opportunities and Challenges”

Guest Editors: Professor Sang M. Lee and Assistant Professor Silvana Trimi, University of Nebraska, USA

Weblogs (“blogs” for short) are frequently-updated websites consisting of personal observations, excerpts from other sources, and information, typically run by a single person and usually hyperlinked to other sites. People put on their blogs a set of thoughts and series of links they find useful and interesting. Blogs are usually for two-way communication: offer information to others and also invite the readers for feedback.

The focus of this Special Issue will be on the uses of blogs in organisations. The primary aim will be investigating how blog applications can affect organisational communication, employee engagement, collaboration, knowledge management, and the ultimate outcome from the employee’s and organisation’s perspectives. For organisational blogs to be successful and even exist, it is necessary that employees are motivated and willing to use those blogs. Also, the organisation must create an environment which is conductive for effective blogging and thus securing benefits from its use. However, there also exist various challenges for organisational blogs. The most obvious would be how organisational blogs can result in the risk of damaging the reputation of the organisation, its products, or corporate policies. Also, blogs can expose sensitive information of the organisation to outsiders. The issue is to find a good balance between encouraging free speech while restricting harmful behaviour.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics for the Special Issue include, but are not limited to:
  • Strategies for effective organisational blogs
  • Technical support for organisational blogs
  • Human resource management issues in organisational blogs
  • Knowledge management and organisational blogs
  • Critical success factors of organisational blogs
  • Privacy, security and confidentiality in organisational blogs
  • Interorganisational collaboration and blogs
  • Case studies of successful organisational blogs
  • Innovative use of organisational blogs
  • Cross-cultural study of organisational blogs

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Papers Submission section under Author Guidelines

To submit a paper, please go to Submission of Papers

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Important Dates

Submission of papers: 3 March, 2006

Initial reviews: 5 May, 2006

Final paper selection: 4 August, 2006