15th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
Conference on Information Systems

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15th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
Conference on Information Systems

Find out the latest about EMCIS

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15th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
Conference on Information Systems

Find out the latest about EMCIS

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15th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
Conference on Information Systems

Find out the latest about EMCIS

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15th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
Conference on Information Systems

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15th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
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4 -5 Oct, 2018

Starting at 09:00


Limassol, Cyprus

St. Raphael Resort


European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS)

Registration is open

European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS) is an annual research event addressing the IS discipline with regional as well as global perspective. EMCIS has successfully helped bringing together researchers from around the world in a friendly atmosphere conducted to free exchange of innovative ideas. EMCIS was founded in 2004 by Brunel University research Group ISEing and it is an annual event. A number of respected collaborations were made with different local universities across the destinations chosen each year and EMCIS still proves to attract many further partnerships.

EMCIS is one of the premier conferences in Europe and Middle Eastern region for Information Systems academics and professionals, covering technical, organisational, business and social issues in the application of Information Technology. EMCIS is dedicated to the definition and establishment of Information Systems as a discipline of high impact for the methodical community and IS professionals – focusing on approaches that facilitate the identification of innovative research of significant relevance to the IS discipline following sound research methodologies that lead to results of measurable impact.

Unique characteristics of the EMCIS conference include:

  • Conference proceedings will be published in a Springer Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing volume.
  • Conference proceedings are indexed by ISI Proceedings, DBLP, EI and Scopus.
  • Substantially extended versions of the 10% at most of EMCIS papers may be selected for publication in academic journals.
  • Distinctive Keynote addresses by distinguished international scholars from different disciplines, highlighting or discussing particularand generic global topics.
  • An international event that continues to attract attendees, academics, practitioners and junior researchers including PhD students from all over the world, enjoying the friendly atmosphere conducive to free exchange of innovative ideas.

Important Dates

Deadlines have been extended

  • Electronic Submission Deadline: 31 May, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance to Authors: 30 Jun, 2018
  • Camera Ready Copy: 16 Jul, 2018 (extended)
  • Early-bird Registration: 16 Jul, 2018 (extended)
  • Author Registration Deadline: 16 Jul, 2018 (extended)



Keynote Speakers

Prof. Zahir Irani

University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Professor Zahir Irani is the Faculty Dean of Management, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Bradford, UK. Professor Irani has held several senior management positions at Brunel University London, the most recent of which being the Founding Dean of College (Business, Arts and Social Sciences – CBASS) which he set up following an organisational restructuring from eight schools into three colleges. Prior to this role, he was seconded full-time to Whitehall, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Cabinet Office during part of the coalition Government. He is however most proud of being Head of the Brunel Business School, which in 2013 was awarded the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year under his leadership.

He completed a BEng (Hons) at Salford University before then accepting a research position in industry where he finished his Master’s degree by research. He has a PhD in the area of investment evaluation and undertook his leadership development at the Harvard Business School. He has an extensive list of 3 and 4 star publications in the area of information systems, Project Management and eGovernment, and has published in Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Government Information Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, European Journal of Operational Research and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management to mention a few. He has had significant grant income from national and international funding councils including H2020, Qatar Foundation, EPSRC, ESRC and FP7. His H-index is 71.

Keynote Speech

An Enterprise View of Food Security: A Puzzle, Problem or Mess for a Circular Economy

Interventions to provide food security are many, ranging from strategically leasing arable land from overseas Governments through to innovative approaches that seek increased levels of produce yield. The challenges and responses are not uniform and indeed are in many respects polarised, with those in resource-poor countries and some developing nations facing a lack of access to food and/or severe food shortages, right the way through to those in the West suffering increasingly higher levels of obesity (due to excessive over-consumption). The latter clearly represents an oversupply of food manifesting in overindulgence whereas the former is a product of food scarcity resulting ever too often in malnutrition or even starvation. The challenges around the safe and secure access to food as well as its production, supply and recovery are intimately connected with information, resources and policy and national/paranational political strategies; the effect of the macro- and meso-economic landscapes in terms of stability and access to funding; social attitudes to food, nutrition, well-being and food waste; technological innovations in agriculture; legal jurisdiction constraints (including tariffs); and food supply and sustainability within the broader climate change and environmental context.

The presentation explores the use, applicability and relevance of strategic planning as a process and tool when applied to exploring food security challenges, in the context of existing research on food security and food waste in the food supply chain. The issues associated with robust and resilient food supply chains within a circular economy are increasingly being seen as supportive of creating enhanced levels of food security but it is argued that this is only sustainable when strategically planned as part of a cross-enterprise, information-rich and complex supply chain. The presentation will navigate through the multiple strategic, tactical and operational challenges from an enterprise perspective around food security and postulate food security as a puzzle, problem or mess.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Claudia Loebbecke holds the Chair of Media and Technology Management at the University of Cologne. She is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and serves on the editorial boards of various academic journals. Prior to her appointment at the University of Cologne, Claudia worked at INSEAD, McKinsey & Co., Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Erasmus University and Copenhagen Business School. As a senior research-active academic, she has undertaken short-stay research visits to universities in the US, Australia, the UK, Italy, and France. Her research focuses on business models, business models, business transformation, and organizational management in light of digital and creative innovations. She has published over 250 internationally peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers and contributed to the development of more than twenty in-depth case studies in eight different countries. Claudia holds Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Cologne and an MBA from Indiana University in the US.
For complete CV and publications, see

Keynote Speech

Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Meet Human Brain:
Towards a New Co-Working Space in Research and Practice

The processing capacity of today’s smartphone outperforms the computers that landed a man on the moon in 1969. Digitization, Big Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are about to drive fundamentally transformed business models and management approaches, thereby challenge established economics. As impressive examples are gaining ground, the disruptive effects will not spare those who underestimate their increasing momentum.
This presentation will outline how digitization, big data analytics, and AI can empower organizations and lead to emerging approaches of value creation in business, society, and research.


Special Issue

Selected papers presented at the conference will be invited to submit their extended versions to a Special Issue of the journal Computers. All submitted papers will undergo a standard peer-review procedure. Accepted papers will be published in Open Access format in Computers and collected together in this Special Issue website. The journal is indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI – Web of Science), Inspec (IET) and DBLP.


EMCIS Organisation

The following committee members are responsible for ensuring the ongoing success of the EMCIS conference.

  • Conference Chair:

    Prof. George Angelos Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

  • Conference co-Chair:

    Prof. Angelika Kokkinaki, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

  • Conference Executive Committee:

    Prof. Vincenzo Morabito, Bocconi University, Italy, (Program Chair)

    Prof. Marinos Themistocleous, University of Piraeus, Greece (Program Chair)

    Dr. Gianluigi Viscusi, École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (Publications Chair)

    Dr. Muhammad Kamal, Brunel University, UK (Public Relations Chair)

  • International Committee:

    Prof. Janice Sipior, Villanova University, USA
    Prof. Heinz Roland Weistroffer, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
    Prof. Paulo Rupino Cunha, University of Coimbra, Portugal

    Prof. Piotr Soja, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

    Prof. Peter Love, Curtin University, Australia

    Prof. Gail Corbitt, California State University, USA

    Prof. Miguel Mira da Silva, University of Lisbon, Portugal

    Prof. Vishanth Weerakkody, University of Bradford, UK

    Prof. Lasse Berntzen, Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Norway

    Prof. Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, Holland

    Prof. Stanisław Wrycza, University of Gdansk, Poland

    Prof. Kamel Ghorab, Alhosn University, UAE

    Prof. Celina M. Olszak, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland

    Prof. Flora Malamateniou, University of Piraeus, Greece

    Prof. Andriana Prentza, University of Piraeus, Greece

    Prof. Inas Ezz, Sadat Academy for Management Sciences – SAMS, Egypt

    Prof. Ibrahim Osman, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Prof. Przemysław Lech, University of Gdansk, Poland

    Prof. Euripidis N. Loukis, University of the Aegean, Greece

    Prof. Mariusz Grabowski, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

    Prof. Małgorzata Pańkowska, University of Economics in Katowice, Poland

    Prof. Catarina Ferreira da Silva, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France

    Dr. Aggeliki Tsohou, Ionian University, Greece

    Dr. hab. Paweł Wołoszyn, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

    Dr. Sofiane Tebboune, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

    Dr. Fletcher Glancy, Miami University, USA

    Dr. Aurelio Ravarini, Universitario Carlo Cattaneo, Italy

    Dr. Wafi Al-Karaghouli, Brunel University, UK

    Dr. Ricardo Jimenes Peris, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain

    Dr. Federico Pigni, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

    Dr. Paulo Henrique de Souza Bermejo, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil

    Dr. May Seitanidi, University of Kent, UK

    Dr. Sevgi Özkan, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

    Dr. Demosthenis Kyriazis, University of Piraeus, Greece

    Dr. Karim Al-Yafi, Qatar University, Qatar

    Dr. Manar Abu Talib, Zayed University, UAE

    Dr. Alan Serrano, Brunel University, UK

    Dr. Steve Jones, Conwy County Borough, UK

    Dr. Tillal Eldabi, Ahlia University, Bahrain

    Dr. Carsten Brockmann, Capgemini, Germany

    Dr. Ella Kolkowska, Örebro University, Sweden

    Dr. Grażyna Paliwoda-Pękosz, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

    Dr. Heidi Gautschi, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland

    Dr. Janusz Stal, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

    Dr. Koumaditis Konstantinos, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Dr. Chinello Francesco, Aarhus University, Denmark

    Dr. Pacchierotti Claudio, University of Rennes, France

    Dr. Milena Krumova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

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