Disruptive Innovations

2019 Annual Seminar of the Southern African Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AISSAC)

 Monday 16 September 2019

Venue: Nombolo Mdluli Conference Centre, Skukuza

Registration: 8:00-8:30

Theme of the Seminar

Digital Transformation relates to the use of digital solutions and innovations to solve traditional problems and change how businesses operate. Through digital transformation, cultures and customer experiences evolve in response to changing business needs and market requirements.

Digital Transformation is a trending phenomenon within the Information Systems discipline and has implications for practitioners, researchers and educators.

Please join us for the 2019 AISSAC annual seminar. We will provide a platform for academics to explore various facets of Digital Transformation. Key topics to be addressed include: 

  • Disruptive Innovation “platforms”
  • Disruptive Innovation platforms: evidence in the industry
  • A critical perspective of disruptive innovation
  • Disruptive Innovation and the implication on teaching and learning in Africa
  • Innovative approaches in teaching and learning: UP MakerSpace


 As Information Systems researchers, developers and practitioners, we use models every day but we seldom stop and think about our use of models. As discussed by Herbert Simon in his seminal The Sciences of the Artificial (1996), models are crucial for developing, using or researching any artificial artifact.  The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the use of models in Information Systems (IS). How do we use them? When and why do we use them? What makes a good model?

A model is often formally defined as a ‘representation, generally in miniature, to show the construction or appearance of something’. As a representation, the model, therefore, fulfills a key function in research and development of IS systems because it promotes understanding of what it represents. Understanding is critical given the inherent complexity of modern Information Systems. The Information Systems aspects that are described by models range from data, technology infrastructure, applications and software to strategic models. 

Please join us for the 2018 AISSAC seminar on modeling in IS research and development.


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