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Reading Group October 5th 2006
Embodying information systems: the contribution of phenomenology.
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Reading Group Oct 7th 2004
CITO Reading Group: J. Mingers (April 2004), "Real-izing information systems: critical realism as an underpinning philosophy for information systems", Information and organization, Vol. 14, Issue 2, Pages 87-103. ABSTRACT: The paper begins by pointing out the diversity of philosophical positions within IS, and the range of reactions to this diversity. It then discusses problems within the underlying philosophies of science—particularly positivism and interpretivism. With this as a background, the paper proposes critical realism as an underpinning philosophy that has the potential to overcome both sets of difficulties. The theoretical arguments are practically illustrated by critiques of (positivist) statistical analysis and (interpretivist) soft systems methodology.
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Reading Group Oct 10 2007
The paper proposed is: Cooper, R. (1992) ‘Formal Organization as Representation: Remote Control, Displacement and Abbreviation’. In Reed, M. & Hughes, M. (eds) Rethinking Organization: New Directions in Organization Theory and Analysis, 254-272. London: Sage. The penultimate section of Cooper’s chapter considers how this type of analysis can fundamentally transform the way in which conventional approaches to formal organization structure proceed by way of statistical representations and operationalizations of supposedly fixed and unchanging dimensions. In its place, Cooper’s focus on the representational technologies facilitating control at a distance transforms these structures into dynamic socio-technical networks along which ‘the organization’ travels.” .
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Reading Group Oct 20th 2005
This will be an open discussion of Frank Froessler's research proposal which was recently presented at the CEMS doctorial consortium in Barcelona. The area is Unified Communication Technologies (UCT) and is intended as an in-depth case study at a multinational ICT services firm. He proposes to employ a praxiological approach to understanding the implications of UCT. Interested parties should send an email to Frank ( to get a copy of this document.
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Reading Group Oct 21st 2004
CITO Reading Group: From "Information and Organization" Volume 14 issue 2 - PAPER 1: Einstein, Heisenberg, Kant: methodological distinction and conditions of possibilities • Emmanuel Monod. PAPER 2: Seeking the new and the critical in critical realism: déjà vu? • Heinz K. Klein
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Reading Group Sept 8th 2004
Review of papers provided by seminarees prior to their presentations over Thursday and Friday of this week. See URL for details (Login Required)
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Reading Group Sept 29th 2004
"Repairing Managerial Knowledge-Ability over Distance" by Keith Goodall and John Roberts, Organization Studies (2003), Vol. 24, Issue 7, p. 1153 Abstract: Despite a growing acknowledgement in the literature of the 'socially embedded' character of organizational knowledge, in this article we argue that conceptualizations of knowledge management have remained aloof from the agency that they seek to inform, particularly in relation to managing within physically dispersed organizations. We seek, therefore, to explore the essential link between knowledge and action ('knowledge-ability') through an empirical investigation of the organizational conditions and managerial labour needed to preserve knowledge-ability within a transnational. In order to achieve this, we compare the experiences and practices of three managers located in China, Columbia and Australia as they seek both to communicate knowledge of their local context to the remote centre in order to influence policy and gather knowledge of what is happening remotely in order to coordinate their local action with shifts in corporate thinking. A model of the resources needed in order to limit and repair the damage of distance is generated using this qualitative data. We argue that the labour of repairing knowledge-ability should be understood as an essential aspect of the workings of power relations within the transnational, and involves an intensification of self-disciplinary practices within network forms of organizing.
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