Call for papers

HHBIC2022 Twin transition: New opportunities in a digital and sustainable future

Call for papers is now open!

The conference theme engages with topical challenges and solutions of twin transition – the opportunities that digital and sustainable transformations open for societies, organizations and individuals and the challenges that need to be faced when making these opportunities a reality.

The theme combines digital transformation with sustainability development – two key agents for the successful future of our planet. In addition to green innovation and new technologies, it is crucially important to pay attention to societal aspects, for example inclusiveness, that transformation influences.

We invite abstracts related but not limited to the following themes:

1. New Digital Services and Technologies
Track chairs: Ari Alamäki & Altti Lagstedt

In the first track we invite research on topics such as human-computer interaction or UX, digitalization and digital transformation case studies, new digitalization methodologies and practices, artificial intelligence, ethics of AI, research or experiments on advanced technological solutions such as cloud services, data governance, machine learning and other AI technologies as well as any other research dealing with adoption of digital technologies to education, business, services or improving sustainable development.

2. Sustainable Service Design
Track chairs: Mário Passos Ascenção & Sirpa Lassila

As sustainable service design is not a monologue; it’s a collective and pluralist conversation. In the past decades, service design has become a positive force to develop solutions to all kinds of problems – in particular, ill-defined or unknown problems (aka wicked problems). Digitalisation and sustainability are the two global challenges of our time, and all types of organisations are being challenged to shift towards sustainable and inclusive business models. In line with the European Commission’s Green Deal and the Digital Strategy, this track invites papers on sustainable service design and/or service design for sustainability that showcase contributions to achieving the objectives of this twin transition. To achieve a better future by taking action to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), papers may address one or more of the dimensions of sustainability, such as environmental, cultural, economic, political, legal, technological and social.

3. Pedagogical Design in a Digital Environment
Track chair: Merja Alanko-Turunen & Päivi Timonen HUMAK

The third track of the conference invites research papers on themes that cover e.g. designing for learning in digital environments, digital curriculum design in HE, digital module design, improving digital learning experiences with design thinking, design practices in HE, sustainable learning design in HE, pedagogical models for digital learning in HE, learning design processes and scripts in HE, digital pedagogy design principles, designing digital modules for specific subject domains, designing sustainable digital assessment, HE teachers as digital learning designers, HE learning designers as a digital community of practice.

4. Digitality and sustainability creating business value
Track chairs: Anna Kimberley & Tiina Brandt

In the fourth track, we invite research papers on themes that cover e.g., utilizing digitality and sustainability to develop new business models and solutions, circular economy as a business model, digital or sustainable transformation and business strategies, social enterprises, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and twin transition.

5. Other themes
Track chairs: will be nominated

Twin transition can be examined from multiple perspectives. We invite you to submit research papers that other four tracks do not comprise to this track.

We preserve the right to position presentations to the track that best suits it.

Submission process

The submission process is organized in two stages:

1) Extended abstract

2) Optional full paper submission

We have extended the DL for submissions till 16th May. All abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee. An accepted abstract and registering as a participant of the conference by 9h October are compulsory for delivering a presentation during the conference.

Full paper submission is optional if the authors want their paper to be reviewed for eSignals Research Journal that publishes a special issue on the conference theme (conference proceedings). DL for full paper submissions is 23rd August 2022.

Writing guidelines for extended abstracts:

  • Extended abstracts should be 1500-2000 words including 3-5 keywords and references
  • Extended abstract submissions should typically include the following headings:
    • Background of the study/literature review
    • Aim of the study including originality & novelty
    • Methodology (the methods used in your research including data collection and data analysis)
    • Result/findings and argumentation
    • Conclusion, managerial implications and limitations
    • References
  • Use Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced, 2,5 cm margin all around. In titles, use font size 14 and bold.
  • Number all the pages of the submission.
  • Add contact information (the name of the writer / writers, organization and an e-mail address) after the main title.
  • References and citing sources: Follow APA (American Psychological Association) style guide in the manuscript.
  • Do not use hyphenation in the text.

General guidelines:

  • The writer is responsible for taking care of copyrights.
  • Only submissions in English shall be accepted for review.
  • If you submit a full paper to the conference, it should not have been previously published or submitted to any other conference or journal.
  • No changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, track and actual paper can be done after the submission.
  • Submit the extended abstract in word or PDF format. Check that the PDF File of your paper prints correctly.
  • In case of acceptance, the author or one of the co-authors should be available to present the paper at the conference. Please register to the conference as soon as possible, but no later than 9th October 2022. If the registration is missing after 9th October, the paper will be withdrawn from the conference.
  • If you are willing to act as a reviewer of other researchers’ full papers, please let us know when submitting the paper.

To submit your extended abstract to HHBIC2022:

  1. Explore the conference tracks and choose the topic that your extended abstract corresponds best.
  2. Make sure your extended abstract is in line with writing guidelines.
  3. Name your extended abstract in the following way: lastname_firstname_tracknumber_HHBIC2022
  4. Submit your extended abstract by 16th May 2022:
    1. Enter the web page https://journal.fi
    2. Choose language EN
    3. Copy this URL-address https://journal.fi/esignals/about/submissions and enter the web page.

    When submitting your abstract please indicate the conference track you apply to. If you have any problems in submission, please contact anna.hermio@haaga-helia.fi

  5. All extended abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee of HHBIC in their corresponding field. You will receive the notification of acceptance and feedback by 3rd June 2022.
  6. Please register to the conference after your extended abstract has been approved but no later than 9th October 2022. Note, that at least one author of the submission must register to the Conference and present the paper during the Conference. Otherwise, the submission will not be included in the Conference Program.
  7. All presented extended abstracts will be published on conference platform that only conference participants have access to during the conference and two weeks after the conference.

Writing guidelines for full papers:

  • Instructions for authors
  • The length of empirical articles is a minimum of 2500 words and a maximum of 5000 words, including bibliography, appendix and summary. Theoretical reviews are a maximum of 3000 words.
  • Include abstract for full paper submission. The abstract should not exceed 400 words.
  • It is recommended that you answer to the following questions in your abstract:
    • What is the topic of your research? Why is this topic interesting?
    • What are your research questions?
    • What methods are you using in your research?
    • What are your main results?
    • Include 3-5 keywords at the end of your abstract
  • Use Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced, 2,5 cm margin all around. In titles, use font size 14 and bold.
  • Number all the pages of the submission.
  • Add contact information (the name of the writer / writers, organization and an e-mail address) after the main title.
  • Use the APA 6 style (American Psychological Association) in references.
  • Do not use hyphenation in the text.

General guidelines:

  • The writer is responsible for taking care of copyrights.
  • Only submissions in English shall be accepted for review.
  • If you submit a full paper to the conference, it should not have been previously published or submitted to any other conference or journal.
  • Submit your paper in word or PDF format. Check that the PDF File of your paper prints correctly.
  • If you are willing to act as a reviewer of other researchers’ full papers, please let us know when submitting the paper.

To submit your full paper to eSignals Research:

8. After receiving notification that your extended abstract is accepted, you are welcome to submit a full paper. Please read the guidelines for full paper here.

9. Name the paper in the following way: lastname_firstname_tracknumber_eSignalsResearch

10. Submit the full paper by 23rd August 2022.
1. Enter the web page https://journal.fi
2. Choose language EN
3. Copy this URL-address https://journal.fi/esignals/about/submissions and enter the web page.

If you have any problems in submission, please contact anna.hermio@haaga-helia.fi

11. The full paper will be reviewed by two peer-reviewers using an open review process.

12. We will publish eSignals Research special issue on the conference theme in December 2022. All published papers need to be accepted for publication by eSignals editorial board by 18th November.

13. Please note that extended abstract acceptance does not mean that your full paper is automatically accepted for publication as the paper will be reviewed and the editorial team leaves the right to reject the paper if it does not fit with the scope and requirements of eSignals Research.

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