TC 8 - Information Systems - Aims and Scopes

est. 1966, revised 1990


To promote and encourage interactions among professionals from practice and research and advancement of investigation of concepts, methods, techniques, tools, and issues related to information systems in organisations.


The planning, analysis, design, construction, modification, implementation, utilization, evaluation, and management of information systems that use information technology to support and coordinate organisational activities including:

*    effective utilization of information technologies in organisational context;

*    interdependencies of information technologies and organisational structure, relationships and interaction;

*    evaluation and management of information systems;

*    analysis, design, construction, modification and implementation of computer-based information systems for organisations;

*    management of knowledge, information, and data in organisations;

*    information systems applications in organisations such as transaction processing, routine data processing, decision support, office support, computer-integrated manufacturing, expert support, executive support and support for strategic advantage plus the coordination and interaction of such applications;

*    relevant research and practice from associated fields such as computer science, operations management, economics, organisation theory, cognitive science, knowledge engineering, and systems theory. 

WG8.1 - Design and Evaluation of Information Systems
est. 1976, revised 1990 and 1992


The planning, analysis, design and evaluation of information systems for organisations. 


*    Identify concepts and develop theories relevant to the planning, analysis, design and evaluation of information systems;

*    Develop languages, techniques, tools and methods for applying these concepts and theories to the:
- planning
- requirements analysis and determination, and specification
- design
- evolution of information systems, and their verification, validation and overall evaluation;

*    Develop methodologies for the analysis, evaluation and selection of information systems development methods;

*    Take cognizance of relevant work from associated fields - such as computer science, software engineering, knowledge engineering, cognitive science, management science, organisation theory and systems theory - and apply the findings to the development of information systems. 

WG8.2 - The Interaction of Information Systems and the Organization
est. 1977, rev. 2005


      To develop integrative frameworks that facilitate recognition and transfer or relevant knowledge about the role and uses of IT. Such frameworks can be based on a wide range of disciplines. these frameworks should be open to all research traditions and lines of research which further the study of the uses of IT in organizational contexts., and can also include the critical questioning of their relevance for the scope and aims of WG 8.2.

      To build theories and generate evidence about the role and impact of IT in specific organizational contexts.

      To improve the ways and means by which organizations design, implement and maintain IT.

      To nurture a critical discourse about the role which IT plays in the lives of people as individuals and as members of complex social institutions such as government, community, business, professional societies and other forms of social associations.

      To engage in ethical discourse about the practices and dilemmas which arise in the development, use and consequences of IT, or in research about such technology.


Working Group 8.2 is concerned with the generation and dissemination of descriptive and normative knowledge about the development and use of information technologies in organizational contexts, both broadly defined. By information technology (IT), we mean technologies that can be used to store, transfer, process or represent information. By organizational context, we mean the institutional arrangements in which information is used or created. Descriptively, the WG seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge about and improve understand of the role and impact of information technology across a range of social levels (society, organization,
individual) and across a diversity of spheres (marketplace, workplace, home, community). Normatively, it seeks to improve the design and application of information technologies that are both useful and effective for individuals, groups, organizations and society at large.

WG8.3 - Decision Support
est. 1981


The development of approaches for applying information systems technology to increase the effectiveness of decision-makers in situations where the computer system can support and enhance human judgements in the performance of tasks that have elements which cannot be specified in advance. 


To improve ways of synthesizing and applying relevant work from resource disciplines to practical implementations of systems that enhance decision support capability;

The resource disciplines include

*    information technology

*    artificial intelligence

*    cognitive psychology

*    decision theory

*    organisational theory

*    operations research and modeling. 

WG8.4 - E-Business Information Systems: Multi-disciplinary research and practice
est. 1986, rev. 2001, 2002


To promote collaboration across disciplines in E-Business research and practice.


This working group provides a reference point and a focus for multi-disciplinary research and practice in E-Business. The intention is to extend the community's focus on E-Business to recognize, acknowledge and facilitate research and practice as it crosses the boundaries of IS, organizational, consumer, community, industry and national domains.

Where researchers and practitioners focus on specific issues and technologies, eg smart-card developments, mobile technologies or organizational adoption of IT practices then that research is more properly located within existing working groups. Where that work is cross or multi-disciplinary it can be located here.

WG8.5 Information Systems in Public Administration
est. 1988


To improve the quality of information systems in public administration at international, national, regional and local levels. The Working Group's special emphasis is on the relationship between central and local use of information systems and the provision of citizen services, together with the accomplishment of social goals. 


*    analyse information processing policies in public administration;

*    discuss specific applications of information systems in public administration;

*    analyse the impacts of information systems on public administration;

*    apply the results of other IFIP Working Groups, and specifically of TC 8 Working Groups, to public administration. 

WG8.6 - Transfer and Diffusion of Information Technology
est. 1994


To foster understanding and improve research in practice, methods, and techniques in the transfer and diffusion of information technology within systems that are developed and in the develop-ment process.  


*    Diffusion, transfer, and implementation of both mature and immature information technologies and systems in organizations and among organizations, sectors, and countries.

*    Transfer of technology to be incorporated in systems for customers and clients.

*    Transfer of both system and development technologies to technologists, developers, managers, and sponsors of systems.

*    Development of frameworks, models, and terminology for information technology transfer and diffusion.

*    Identification of risk factors and barriers to success in technology transfer and strategies for addressing them.

*    Conditions or scenarios under which specific transfer and diffusion techniques are applicable.

*    Methods to evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and value of technology transfer programs and approaches, including time and effort estimators and metrics.

*    Organization design and process issues related to technology transfer and diffusion.

*    Case studies of technology transfer and diffusion to provide instances to guide research, development, and practice.

*    Standards and intellectual property issues that inhibit or facilitate information technology transfer.

WG8.8 - Smart Cards
est. 1998, rev. 2001


Smart cards are to be understood as personal, portable, flexible, secure tokens that form an integral part of a larger information infrastructure. Therefore the aims of WG 8.8 are:

*    to encourage interaction between the numerous actors in the smart card area.

*    to create a common and coherent approach of a specific methodology.

*    to address the background technologies of component architectures; for example dedicated chips, security devices, memory management.

*    to specify and design smart card operating systems.

*    to identify and develop relationship between different themes of information systems and smart cards, for example promote the theme of smart cards as a widely distributed data base.

*    to identify interfaces between smart cards as an active components of distributed systems and networks.

*    to promote a global security analysis of information systems using smart cards.

*    to investigate the field of applications of smart cards and propose a scheme for a design methodology.

*    to create new models for information systems which use smart cards.

*    to participate to advanced standardization discussions and propositions.


The study of smart cards as an innovative component of widely distributed systems. The scope includes all the aspects of smart cards design and applications:

*    Technology with hardware, software and security specific requirements.

*    Application design with a special emphasis on development methodology of distributed systems.

*    Service providing including analysis of transactions, protocols and more generally speaking, the process of a top down design of smart cards projects.

*    The interaction of smart card related technology with society, economics, public services and organizations.

WG8.9- Enterprise Information Systems
est. 2006, revised 2016


*    Provide a forum for international collaboration and dissemination of research and best practices in the enterprise information systems (EIS) area

*    Establish close cooperation between academics and practitioners in the area of EIS

*    Increase the impact of research and use development in the area of EIS

*    Study and share the results of methodologies, design, implementation and use of EIS and increase the efficiency of innovation


*    Concepts, theories, techniques, and implementation relevant to enterprise information systems

*    Management of Enterprise Information Systems

*    Utilization of Enterprise Information Systems solutions in small and medium size enterprises, in the public sector and also in the supply chain environment

*    Identification and sharing of best practices encountered in the use of present day EIS

*    Integration of enterprise wide applications

WG8.10 (joint with WG2.14/6.12, see TC2)
est. 2011, revised 2012

WG8.11/11.13 Information Systems Security Research
est. 2010, revised 2013


The aim of the working group is the creation, dissemination, and preservation of well-formed research about information systems security. While relevant for advanced practical development, our primary audience consists of researchers in this area. We value research products with highly reliable and validated theory, empirical data, or quantitative/qualitative social scientific methodology.


Anchoring to information systems means our research will attend and extend the social, organizational, and managerial literature in this area. While we assume an effective foundation in information security technology, we regard information systems risks broadly, for example crime, employee misconduct, warfare, terrorism, error, accident, natural events, etc. We also address information systems security broadly, for example, privacy, awareness, policies, strategy, audit, planning and control.