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Dr Simeon Vidolov

Post-Doctoral Fellow, CITO, Management Information Systems

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (2011), Centre for Innovation Technology & Organization, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • MSc (Hons) in Marketing Research & Analysis Management (2004), Umeå University, Sweden
  • BA (Hons) in International Economic Relations (2002), Plovdiv University, Bulgaria

Biographical Summary

Simeon Vidolov is a Post-doctoral researcher (IPSE) at the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organization (CITO), UCD School of Business. He holds an honours Bachelors degree in International Economics from Plovdiv University (Bulgaria), an honours MSc degree in Marketing Research & Analysis Management from Umea University (Sweden), and a PhD degree in Management Studies/ Information Systems from University College Dublin (Ireland).

Research Interests

My key research interests are focused on understanding the processes of collaboration and coordination/communication in different organizational contexts. In particular, my work aims to explore and illuminate important aspects of the relationship between organizational practices, technologies and knowledge. On one hand, I am interested in the ways ICTs are implicated in the processes of organizational and societal transformation; on the other hand, I am interested in the management practices that shape organizational innovation.

For my doctorate at UCD School of Business, I conducted a longitudinal, in-depth, empirical research of an offshoring software development relationship between two companies (Irish and Indian). My objective was to develop a more nuanced understanding of the processes that constitute and shape such distributed forms of project organizing. A particular attention was paid to the ‘affective’ dimension of organization/project and the micro practices through which it is performed and enacted.

I also have recent research interests in the ‘technology’ of policy making and policy making-in-use as opposed to espoused policy making. In particular, I am interested in the ways policy discourses are shaped and the role of policy documents as ‘actors’ in these processes.

Key words:

Social practice; Knowledge management; Global software work; Sensemaking; Conversations; ICT-enabled innovation; Policy making; Moods and emotions; Materiality and artefacts; Practice theory; Phenomenology; Actor-network

Academic Activities & Accomplishments

• Organizer of the 1st and 2nd editions (2007 & 2008) of the Triangular Postgraduate Conference (UCD, Cambridge & Lancaster Universities)

• International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Doctoral Consortium 2008

• Reviewer for Management Information System Quarterly (MISQ)

• Reviewer for Journal of Information Technology (JIT)

• Reviewer for International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) & European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)

Society Affiliations

  • Member - European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)
  • Member - Association for Information Systems (AIS)
  • Member - Irish Computer Society (ICS)
  • Member - Actor-Network Theory — Heidegger Meeting (ANTHEM)

Selected Publications

Edited Books

• Vidolov, S., O’Scolai, P., Rajão, R., Faik, I., & Higgins, A. (Eds.). (2008). Heterogeneities, Multiplicities and Complexities: Towards Subtler Understandings of Links between Technology, Organisation and Society; CITO Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation, UCD Business School, Dublin, Ireland, vol. 1

Book Chapters

• Vidolov, S. (2008). Distributed Modes of Ordering: Posthumanist Performative Account of Distributed Work. In S. Vidolov, P. O’Scolai, R. Rajão, I. Faik & A. Higgins (Eds.), In: CITO Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation, UCD Business School, Dublin, Ireland (vol. 1, pp. 155-168)

• Vidolov S, Ó Scolaí P. (2007) We Have Always Been Modern - Exploring the Fairytale of the Knowledge Society. In: Economic Theory and Practice in the Knowledge Society, Romania

• Higgins, A, Vidolov, S, Frößler, F, and Mullaney, D (2008) Xenia: A Metaphor for Sense-Making and Acting in IS Innovation, In: Open IT-based innovation: Moving Towards Cooperative IT Transfer and Knowledge Diffusion, ed. by León, G. and Bernardos, A. and Casar, J. and Kautz, K. and DeGross, J., vol. XXX, pp. 199-211, Springer, Boston, USA.

Premier Conferences

• Vidolov, S., Kelly, S. (2010) A Praxiological Perspective on Collective Sensemaking in Distributed Contexts: Embodiment, mood and materiality, accepted for oral presentation in EGOS Colloquium 2010 (Sub-theme: Sub-theme 18: Coordination in Action: Practices of Coordination and the Coordination of Organizational Practices, Convenors: Davide Nicolini, Paul Carlile, Jeanne Mengis), Lisbon, Portugal

• Vidolov, S., Kelly, S. (2009) Distributed Communication as Collective Socio-material Sensemaking in Global Software Work, In 30th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Phoenix, USA

• Higgins, A., Vidolov, S., & Frößler, F. (2008). Hospitality Analysis of IS Innovation : Analyse de l'hospitalité des innovations technologiques, In ICIS 2008 Proceedings. Paper 107 : Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems, pp. 1-9, Paris, France.

Conference & Consortia Publications

• Vidolov, S., S. Kelly, Noonan, C. (2012). Unpacking the ‘affective’ dimension of project work and its management. Critical Project Management 6. Manchester Business School.

• Kelly, S., Noonan, C., Vidolov, S. (2010) Facilitating Productive Distributed Communication in Offshore Software Development: The role of Articulation Work and ‘Senseshaping’, The Fourth Information Systems Workshop on Global Sourcing, Zermatt, Switzerland.

• Vidolov, S. (2009) ‘Global Software Work: Towards a Novel Conceptualization of Distributed Communication’. Quadrangular Conference in Technology, Organizations & Society 2009: "Identity, Policy and Innovation in the Information Society", Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK.

• Vidolov, S. (2008). Global Software Work - Complex and Heterogeneous Socio-technical Ordering, Doctoral Consortium of the Twenty-Ninth International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2008). Paris, France.

• Vidolov, S. (2007) GSW-in-action: an irreducible perspective. CEMS MITIM Doctoral Consortium: Knowledge, Networks and IS Innovation. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

• Vidolov, S. (2007). Global Software Development: A Relational Perspective. In the Proc. of the Workshop on the Challenges of Collaborative Work in Global Software Development, 10th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW) Limerick, Ireland

• Vidolov, S. (2007). Global Software Development: The Challenge of Distributed Collaboration. Lancaster Postgraduate Conference "Changes and Challenges for Contemporary Organisations". Lancaster University, Lancaster, 21 September, 2007.

• Vidolov, S. (2006) Basic Assumptions in Global Software Development, Proceedings of the Irish Academy of Management (IAM), Cork, Ireland


• PhD Dissertation: Understanding and managing distributed collaboration in global software work projects: a praxiological perspective (Style, Moods, Momentum and Artefacts)

• Master thesis: The Trap of ‘Short-termism’ Long term activities related to supplier involvement in product development


  • 2006 Ad Astra Scholarship
  • 2005 Open Postgraduate Scholarship


  • Quinn School (Room Q225), University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
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