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Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS) is the title of an annual meeting
of Information Systems (IS) researchers. The IRIS seminar distinguishes itself as the eldest IS
seminar in the world, as it has been established in 1978. IRIS is organised by the IRIS
Association, which is a chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AIS). IRIS offers
a unique format in the IS field that utilises working groups led by an established researcher in
the field, and in which all the papers of the working group are read by all participants of that
group. Each group member in turn comments on the other papers of the group. IRIS is also a
forum for networking activities. In the traditional seminar segment called the IRIS games,
participants learn to know each other through intellctual and team building exercises. Contact
through these activities lead to both friendships and academic collaboration with lifelong
impacts on careers. The IRIS seminar is especially beneficial to PhD students in helping them
to establish new networks and aiding them in raising the quality of their research. In the late
years, IRIS has been combined with the Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems
(SCIS) to ensure the participation of a wide range of both starting and established academics
in the IS field.
The articles of this second issue of the IRIS Selected Papers of the Information Systems
Research Seminar in Scandinavia were originally proposed by the working group chairs and
vice chairs (senior IS researchers). All of the papers of the IRIS seminar have gone through a
peer review process, after which the chairs and vice chairs of the groups were requested to
suggest one to two best papers of their groups for this publication, which were then improved
according to the feed back from the IRIS seminar participants and finally passed through the
selection criteria of the two editors of this issue, Judith Molka-Danielsen and Kai K. Kimppa.
Judith Molka-Danielsen, the coordinating editor, represents the IRIS Association steering
board, is the President of the IRIS Association and member of the board since 2008; issue
editor Kai K. Kimppa was the Programme Committee Chair of the 34th IRIS seminar.
The 34th IRIS was hosted by University of Turku, Turku School of Economics, and held in
Ruissalo national park, in Turku, Finland on the dates of August 16th to 19th, 2011. The theme
of the 34th IRIS was ICT of Culture – Culture of ICT, as Turku was one of the two European
Capitals of Culture during 2011, but also due to the importance of both the organisational
culture’s effect on IS and the culture within the IS field.