2nd Workshop on Digital Transformation


It is widely acknowledged that organizations have suffered a large evolution at the social, economic and technological levels where the traditional barriers of transferring information and knowledge have been progressively eliminated. This evolution allowed the elimination of silos, the breaking down of hierarchies, the connection of internal and external stakeholders and the empowering of employees. In this context, the integration of technological innovations, such as Big Data – Analytics, Cloud Computing, Mobile Connectivity, and Social, the four pillars of digital transformation, in business practice can enable significant competitive advantage.

The definition of digital transformation (DT) is not consensual among the stakeholders involved, particularly in organizations, leading to several perspectives of what it really means. These perspectives range from a focus on technology, to digital customer engagement, to new digital business models and so one. The lack of clarity often results in piecemeal initiatives, missed opportunities and false starts in the organization digitalization.

According to Earley Information Science DT is today a top priority for executives, being that (1) 125000 enterprises expect revenue from their digital initiatives to increase by 80% by 2020; (2) DT initiatives will more than double by 2020, from 22% to almost 50% and, (3) only 27% of businesses have a coherent digital strategy for creating customer value in place. The main purpose of digital transformation is to obtain benefits of digital technologies, such as productivity improvements, cost reductions and innovation. Nevertheless, for these results to be achieved, a total organizational commitment is required.

From the organizations’ point of view, DT can be seen as a deep and accelerating transformation with regard to processes, activities, competencies and models, in order to take advantage of the changes and opportunities offered by the inclusion of digital technologies into an organization. However, this advantage is only possible if the information systems of the organizations are aligned with these new technologies.

Continuous education/training may be seen as the process of identifying and implementing professional skills, enabled by new scientific and technological knowledge and implemented in an organizational context, to address new professional needs. Professionals need new lifelong learning approaches to assist them in keeping up with the rhythm of technological change that requires a continuous update of the learning contents, learning processes and delivery approaches of developing training.

According to this, our goal is developing a forum dedicated to the reflection and discussion around Digital Transformation, both from a theoretical and practical perspective. The intention is to gather people from the scientific community, industry, and society, to debate the state of art on the impact of the DT in the everyday life citizens, enterprises and governments. Additionally, how Higher Education Institutions will design the curriculums to include the DT, and these implications.


List of Topics

We welcome papers (full research papers and research in progress papers) related with the following topics (but not limited to):

·         Perspectives and challenges associated with digital transformation.

·         Business strategies implemented.

·         Adoption of systems and technologies eHealth in DT.

·         Assessing new methods and technologies in education.

·         Usability and accessibility.

·         Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods applied to assess DT.

·         Digital skills in the information society.

·         New roles of citizens in DT.

·         Organization of society and tax collection.

·         Case studies

·         Social impact of DT


Organizing Committee

·         Fernando Moreira, Universidade Portucalense

·         Ramiro Gonçalves, Universidade de Trás os Montes e Alto Douro

·         Manuel Au-Yong Oliveira, Universidade de Aveiro

·         José Martins, Universidade de Trás os Montes e Alto Douro

·         Frederico Branco, Universidade de Trás os Montes e Alto Douro


Program Committee

·         Alex Sandro Gomes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

·         Arnaldo Martins, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

·         César Collazos, Universidad del Cauca, Colombia

·         Jezreel Mejia, Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas, Mexico

·         Jörg Thomaschewski, University of Applied Sciences, Germany

·         Lorna Uden, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom

·         Manuel Ortega, Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha, Spain

·         Manuel Peréz Cota, Universidade de Vigo, Spain

·         Martin Schrepp, SAP SE, Germany

·         Philippe Palanque, Université Toulouse III, France

·         Rosa Vicardi, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

·         Vitor Santos NOVA Information Management School, Portugal

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