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PREFACE
Preface to the special issue
 
Bled eConference 2011 and 2012
Hans-Dieter Zimmermann
 &
 Ulrike Lechner
#
Institute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen 2013
Thisspecialissuecomprisesselectedpapersfromthe24thandthe 25th Bled eConference. The Bled eConference is anannual conference addressing especially eCommerce andeBusiness related topics. Furthermore, the conference targetsallaspectsof 
e
andbeyond.The24thBledeConferencewastitled
 
eFuture: Creating Solutions for the Individual, Organi-sations and Society
, and the 25th anniversary conferencecarried the overall title
 
eDependability: Reliable and Trust-worthyeStructures,eProcesses,eOperationsandeServicesfor the Future
.FrombothconferencesselectedpapershavebeeninvitedtoElectronic Markets by the respective research track and con-ference chairs. Subsequent submissions had to be clearlyadvanced and substantially revised compared to the srcinalconference papers. All submissions underwent rigorous re-view procedures, as all submissions to Electronic Markets do.At this point, we would like to thank the authors for further developing their respective conference contributions. We arehappy to present six research papers from the 24th and 25thBled eConference.This special Issue includes three papers from the 24th BledeConference addressing new data collection methods in ISresearch, procurement maturity and IT-alignment, and virtualworlds. Thus, all three papers are contributing to the overalltheme of the 24th Bled eConference: eFuture.In their paper 
 
 Novice-based data collection methods for the study of IOIS: practice probes and learning communities
,the authors Kai Reimers, Robert B. Johnston, Xunhua Guo,Stefan Klein, Bin Xie, and Mingzhi Li address methodologi-cal issues in information systems research. As practice theoryis rapidly gaining academic currency in the informationsystems literature, new methodological approaches have to be developed as well, the authors argue. The paper presents a systematic analysis of new methods of data collection versusother established and newly proposed methods specificallythrough the lens of practice theory. The research derives twoessential requirements regarding data collection methods spe-cific to practice theory and classifies existing data collectionmethods in view of these requirements. Afterwards, the au-thors present two new data collection methods and discusstheir novelty.In the second paper titled
 
Procurement maturity and IT-alignment models: overview and a case study
 the authors bring together procurement maturity and IT-alignment models. The authors Johan Versendaal, Marjan van denAkker, Xiaochun Xing, and Bastiaan deBevere first present  business/IT-alignment principles focussing on the procure-ment domain. In a second step, maturity levels for the pro-curement domain are developed. Finally, the business/IT-alignment principles for procurement are being applied tothe construction industry through a detailed case study. Thestudy includes a validation of the findings.In their paper 
 
Virtual worlds in competitive contexts:Analyzing eSports consumer needs
, Thomas Weiss andSabrina Schiele address new 3D graphical environments onthe Internet - virtual worlds. The authors elaborate the ques-tion of what to offer in order to fulfill customers
 needs inthose virtual worlds using the example of eSports environ-ments.TheyapplyUsesandGratificationstheoryreportingonten in-depth expert interviews as well as survey data collectedfrom 360 eSports players. Afterwards, the results are reflectedagainst the literature.The 25th Bled eConference in 2013 was entitled
eDependability: Reliable and Trustworthy eStructures,eProcesses, eOperations and eServices for the Future
. Thefirst 25 years of the Bled eConference saw innovations andchanges,andthe
silver 
issueaskedwhetherthestormyyearsare over and whether we will mastered the arts and crafts of  building new systems that we can depend on them. There arethree papers from the 25th Bled eConference in this specialissue addressing the conference
s topic: eDependability
H.
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D. Zimmermann (
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)IPM-FHS, FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences,Rosenbergstrasse 59, 9001 St. Gallen, Switzerlande-mail: hansdieter.zimmermann@fhsg.chU. Lechner Faculty for Informatics, Universität der Bundeswehr München,Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, 85577 Neubiberg, Germanye-mail: ulrike.lechner@unibw.deElectron MarketsDOI 10.1007/s12525-013-0147-1
 
covering the topics smart living, Enterprise 2.0, and criticalinfrastructure organizations.Innovation in the smart living domain is the topic of the paper 
 
Dynamic stakeholder interaction analysis: Innovativesmart living design cases
 authored by Sam Solaimani, Nick Guldemond, and Harry Bouwman. In this domain, inter-organizationalcollaboration isoften characterized byconflict-ing strategic interests and incoherent operational business processes and procedures. The paper argues that
 
true
understanding of stakeholders is achieved by looking at their interactions and interdependencies. This study extends theSTOF-VIP framework, a conceptual framework from theservice innovation and business model domain, and validatesthe framework in design cases. This paper is freely accessiblevia the Electronic Markets
 SpringerLink website (Solaimaniet al. 2013).Tim Kuettner, Roland Diehl, and Petra Schubert explore therolesofsocialsoftwareandEnterprise2.0inthecurrenttrendtoorganizations rapidly deploying collaboration technologies.The paper 
 
Change factors in Enterprise 2.0 initiatives: Canwe learn from ERP?
 investigates change factors specific toEnterprise2.0initiativesandcontributestotheunderstandingof their characteristics and idiosyncrasies. Drawing upon ground-edtheory, the authors analyze sixteen case studies and integratethe results in the context of socio-technical change.The last paper presented in this special issue:
 
Informa-tion security governance practices in critical infrastructureorganizations: A socio-technical and institutional logic per-spective
, authored by Susan Williams, Catherine A. Hardy,and Janine Holgate, addresses dependability with an analy-sis of information security governance practices. This anal-ysis focuses on critical infrastructure organizations. Achiev-ing a sustainable information protection capability with-in complex business, legal and technical environments isan integral part of supporting an organization
s strategicand compliance objectives. This study adopts an inter- pretive case approach and uses an analytical lens, draw-ing from socio-technical systems and institutional logics,to examine how Information Security Governance ar-rangements are framed and shaped in practice in four-teen Australian Critical Infrastructure Organizations. Thefindings illustrate the heterogeneity and malleability of information security governance across different organi-zations involving intra- and inter-organizational relation-ships and trust mechanisms.We hope you enjoy the articles from our 
 Bled special issue
and read them with interest.
References
Solaimani, S., Guldemond, N., & Bouwman, H. (2013). Dynamicstakeholder interaction analysis: innovative smart living designcases.
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