2007/11/14 CfP, Enterprise Information Systems, "Material Flow Science and Technology and Global Enterprise Integration"

Special Issue of Enterprise Information Systems on the theme of "Material Flow Science and Technology and Global Enterprise Integration"

The design, development and implementation of enterprise information systems (EIS) have had a strategic impact on global business and the world economy. Without doubt, the emphasis of EIS is on information systems. However, the historical emergence of EIS moved from concern with material flows to a focus on physical assets more broadly and is only now beginning to incorporate internal and enterprise knowledge systems. As the focus of information systems moves from the concrete to the abstract, it is not uncommon for material emergence and constraint to be neglected. With this special issue of Enterprise Information Systems, we would like to draw the focus again to the material basis of all global enterprise.

The development of EIS has been viewed mainly from the perspective of organizations such as large corporations, governments and armed forces. The development is particularly interesting because EIS have emerged as cross-boundary subsystems of organizations – which present interesting systems-related questions. The term enterprise, historically designating the business organization itself, is now being employed to designate a sort of extra-system system. That pattern may signal a growing need for traditional systems science to iterate an entity-systems science that provides for significant flexibility between the concepts of boundary and attractor and between the ideas concept (knowledge) and information. Material Flow Science provides a foundation for innovation from the traditional systematic science to entity-systems science. A more comprehensive view of materials flow involving multi-levels of human interaction and integration may aid that iteration, explained as ‘System of Systems’=S2 or (SoS).

We, therefore, invite papers that concern material flows from the perspectives of systems science, philosophy of technology, enterprise and networking theory, and of course from the various facets of the information systems discipline. Additionally, we are interested in papers that examine material flows from the perspectives of the fundamental sciences (physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, etc.), of the fields of engineering (natural, social, economic, infrastructure, industrial, mechanical, electrical, etc.), of theoretical subjects of system and network, emergence, living systems, complexity, economics, management, pedagogy, sociology, law, accounting, history, anthropology etc., and practical approaches of logistics, waste management, service processes, environmental management, etc. Manuscripts should be submitted online. Instructions may be found at www.informaworld.com/eis.

Shoubo Xu
G. A. Swanson
Kjell Samuelson