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Reading Group May 15 2012 May 15, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM Quinn (couches),
Nicolini et al. "Understanding the Role of Objects in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration"
Reading Group April 27 2012 Apr 27, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM Quinn (couches),
Reckwitz - Toward a theory of social practices
Reading Group January 26 2012 Jan 26, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM Quinn (couches),
Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory - Martha S. Feldman & Wanda J. Orlikowski
Reading Group November 16 2011 Nov 16, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM Quinn (couches),
A Matter of Life and Death - Matthew Jones
Reading Group July 13 2009 Jul 13, 2009 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Common Room,
Storytelling and the development of discourse in the engineering design process
Reading Group June 22 2009 Jun 22, 2009 from 12:45 PM to 01:45 PM Quinn Couches,
Implementing, Embedding, and Integrating Practices: An Outline of Normalization Process Theory
Reading Group May 13 2008 May 14, 2008 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM Quinn Couches,
The Entangling of Technology and Work in Organizations" by Orlikowski and Scott, February 2008 LSE Working Paper Series 168.
Reading Group Apr 11 2008 Apr 14, 2008 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Quinn Couches,
The paper proposed is: Husserl's Britannica article of 1927...
Reading Group Jan 29 2008 Jan 29, 2008 from 06:00 PM to 07:55 PM Common Room,
The contradictions of CRM - a critical lens on call centres
Reading Group Dec 5 2007 Dec 05, 2007 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM Montrose Hotel, Belfield, Dublin.,
You are all invited to our special Christmas Reading Group in the Montrose Hotel on Wednesday 5th December at 6.30pm. We will gather at 6.15pm at the stairs in the Quinn School. The paper proposed is YOO, Y., BOLAND, R. J. & LYYTINEN, K. (2006) From Organization Design to Organization Designing. Organization Science, 17, 215-229 (You can find it on the UCD Electronic Library)
Reading Group Oct 31 2007 Oct 31, 2007 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM couches in Quinn,
The paper proposed is GROSSMAN, R. (1980) Women's Place in the Integrated Circuit. Radical America, 14, 29-49. The focus of this article is on manufacturing operations for the mass production of computer chips in the 1970's, chips produced for multinational corporations such as Intel, AMD, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Fairchild, Hewlett-Packard.
Reading Group Oct 10 2007 Oct 10, 2007 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM couches in Quinn,
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.” .
Reading Group May 21 2007 May 21, 2007 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM couches in Quinn,
The paper proposed is "The order of technology: Complexity and control in a connected world" by Jannis Kallinikos, (2005) in Information and Organization 15, 185-202. This paper theorizes processes involved where ICT constitutes social institutions. In this case technology does not determine, but influences social/organizational responses by embodying its designers intentions. It considers that the diffusion of large-scale information systems (read ERP) pose challenges to strategies of functional simplification and functional closure. Technology evolves, has momentum, standardizes, interlocks, grows and solidifies social patterns (even institutional forms such as organizations) ICT is involved in "choreographing... human effort" and disseminates such involvement by transcending the boundaries of organizations and locations in the network era (as distinct from the merely computerized era).
Reading Group February 13 2007 Feb 13, 2007 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM The Montrose Hotel, Belfield,
In the new year, we are continuing our quest for discovering emotions. After discussing Ciborra’s paper "The Mind or the Heart?" which was informed by Phenomenology, we will approach the topic this time with a Foucaultian perspective. In perfect harmony, we selected the following paper: MCGRATH, K. (2006) Affection not Affliction: The Role of Emotions in Information Systems and Organizational Change. Information and Organization, 16, 277-303. You get a copy of this paper from the e-library. We will gather on Tuesday 13 February at 5PM at the stairs in Quinn to trail off to the Montrose Hotel. Regards, Frank
Reading Group November 7 2006 Nov 07, 2006 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM The Couches in Quinn,
"The experience of system design: a hermeneutic of organizational action" by Richard Boland and Wesley Day. This paper represents a shift away from our recent forays into 'high theory' and a return to theoretical development grounded in the empirical, or in this case the empirical as interviews and reflections from a worker in the field. BOLAND, R. J. & DAY, W. F. (1989) The Experience of System Design: A Hermeneutic of Organizational Action. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 5, 87-104. Abstract: An interpretive description of the experience of being an information system designer is developed through a series of in-depth interviews. The subject is a system analyst responsible for developing a computer system in a small organization. The study is a hermeneutic of organizational action in that it reads the text of the subject's experience and discloses structures of meaning being drawn upon during the system design process. These structures of meaning are discussed along three dimensions; the experience of moving through and being located within the organizational space, the experience of interacting with others during the task of system design and the experience of making moral choices. Contact me for directions on obtaining a copy of the paper, it can be a difficult article to source. We're a little constrained by wanting to read the paper around the time that Dick Boland himself will be in Dublin so we've decided that tuesday 7th at lunch time (12:30pm) is the best fit.
Reading Group October 5th 2006 Oct 05, 2006 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM The Couches in Quinn,
Embodying information systems: the contribution of phenomenology.
Reading Group August 10th 2006 Aug 10, 2006 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM The Couches in Quinn,
Phenomenology, Screens, and the World: A Journey with Husserl and Heidegger into Phenomenology
Reading Group May 4th 2006 May 04, 2006 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM The Couches in Quinn,
"Interpreting e-government and development: Efficiency, transparency or governance at a distance?," Information Technology & People (18:3) 2005, pp 260-279. by Claudio Ciborra. "The paper aims to show, through the case of Jordan, how e-government is difficult to implement, given the characteristics of the local administration, the socio-economic context and the dynamics of the technological infrastructure. It also aims to ascertain more generally whether the marketisation of the state, embedded in e-government, makes sense as the paramount approach to improve democracy and foster development." The author presents the rather complicated environment for e-government development and operation and problematic aspects for small states in periphery regions (when considered in relation to much larger and more powerful central states). In particular the role of changing ICT in organisational and broader societial social relations is considered through this case study of the application of e-government initiates and innovation in the Kingdom of Jordan. n.b. Claudio Ciborra died before he could make the final revisions to this paper, Mike Cushman of the Department of Information Systems at the LSE prepared the final version for publication.
Reading Group Feb 27th 2006 Feb 27, 2006 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM Common Room,
For our next Reading Group Frank Frößler has suggested "Genres of Organizational Communication: A Structurational Approach to Studying Communication and Media" by Joanne Yates and Wanda J. Orlikowski. Academy of Management Review 1992, 17-2. An early paper on 'formats' of human communication in organizations as settings for action and discussion of the implications of different media on the structure of these formats. We gather on Monday 27th at 12:30 (Lunch! Bring your own!) on the couches in one of the "Prof-Eamonn-Walshe-Break-Out-Spaces" here in the Quinn Building. Frank will introduce and moderate and help out if you have difficulty getting the reading. The reading can be obtained from our UCD Library access to Business Source Premier or ABI/INFORM Global see the event URL for details... P.S. This should be the ideal prelude to Wanda Orlikowski's NUDIMS seminar at 4pm later on the day "Digital Genres: Exploring PowerPoint in Organizational Discourse". See for more info. p.p.s. After discussing the reading we're invited to the Common Room for a coffee and to meet our guest.
Reading Group Feb 14th 2006 Feb 14, 2006 from 05:00 PM to 06:45 PM Common Room,
After much to and froing, the next reading for discussion we've selected is... "Death and Furniture: the rhetoric, politics and theology of bottom line arguments against relativism" by Derek Edwards, Malcom Ashmore and Jonathan Potter. A perhaps provocative but mostly fun (and sometimes funny) presentation of common arguments against relativism and reasonable (weasel words?) arguments against the arguments. A copy of the reading can be got from Derek Edwards' home page at Loughborough University. Health Warning! On reading this article please do not feel encouraged to emulate Dr Johnson's refutation of Bishop Berkley by indulging in demonstrations of physical feats employing the person of the discussant or any of the attendees.
Reading Group Dec 20th 2005 Dec 20, 2005 from 05:00 PM to 06:45 PM Common Room,
"Organizing and Evaluating Interfirm Networks: A Structurationist Perspective on Network Processes and Effectiveness" by Jorg Sydow and Arnold Windeler, published in Organization Science Vol 9 No. 3 1998. Interfirm networks are considered as a kind organization and theorised using Structuration theory and praxis to analyse, explain and hypothesize about the diversity and mutability of organizational forms observed. Are interfirm networks (and strategic networks in particular) really considered as a kind of organizational form distinct from other kinds of organization? Have they reached a point at which they have achieved the status of a 'structure' in the sense of Giddens' structuration theory or is the interfirm network merely a convenient representation? For a copy of the article select the UCD Catalogue Search below for electronic resources with restricted access to the article (e.g. Business Source Premier - EBSCO will do).
Reading Group Nov 29th 2005 Nov 29, 2005 from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM Common Room,
You are all invited to the next CITO Reading Group on Tuesday next (November 29th) in the UCD Common Room (Newman building) commencing at 4:30pm. Hoping it isn't too early for most. The reading for discussion is from "The Social Study of Information and Communication Technology. Innovation, Actors, and Contexts", specifically chapter 9 "Framing IS studies: understanding the social context of IS innovation" by Christanthi Avgerou and Shirin Madon. This article is an approachable and broadly relevant discussion of the tricky problem of understanding the behaviour in organisations subjected to or undergoing IS implementation(s). The authors suggest "that the relevant frame for the study of IS innovation can be traced by following the network of actors involved and, consequently by examining the institutional fields that have sustained their meanings of, and the attitudes towards, the innovation under study." Avgerou, C. and Madon, S. (2004). How does one produce the research framing process they argue for and what is the focus of attention if the frame can expand or adjust as needed? Is this Actor Network Theory masquerading as research method? Bring along your social constructively critical hats for a spirited debate.
Reading Group Oct 20th 2005 Oct 20, 2005 from 05:30 PM to 06:45 PM Common Room,
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.
Reading Group Aug 3rd 2005 Aug 03, 2005 from 05:00 PM to 06:50 PM Common Room,
In honour of Adrian Mullett's immanent departure for South America and the Antipodes we invited him to select the next paper for the CITO reading group. Demonstrating his usual inimical flare and penchant for the provocative he has suggested a paper titled "Relativism: The central problem for faith today." by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. "This address was given during meeting at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with the presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of the Bishop's Conferences of Latin America held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in May 1996." (ref URL below) Six years after East Germans opened the Berlin Wall, five years after the formation of the Russian Federation, this paper expands on the then Cardinal Ratzinger's well developed thinking on moral relativism and its relationship with socialist tendencies within the Catholic Church.
Reading Group June 24th 2005 Jun 24, 2005 from 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM Common Room,
The next reading group meets to discuss "The Mind or the Heart? It Depends on the Definition of ‘Situation’", a lecture by the late Claudio Ciborra, formerly professor of Information Systems at the London School of Economics. Although Ciborra specifically critiques Information Systems research that relates to the concept of ‘situatedness’, the argument is sufficiently self-contained so as to not warrant a thorough knowledge of IS theory. We encourage those in other disciplines to join us in CITO as I believe the message of the paper has implications for research in other domains. This will be a forum for open discussion, disagreement, if you like, and putting forward your own stance on related issues.
Reading Group June 17th 2005 Jun 17, 2005 from 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM Common Room,
We convene the CITO reading group this Friday to discuss Hevner et al's recent article on MISQ titled "Design Science in Information Systems Research". ***Abstract*** "Two paradigms characterize much of the research in the Information Systems discipline: behavioral science and design science. The behavioral-science paradigm seeks to develop and verify theories that explain or predict human or organizational behavior. The design-science paradigm seeks to extend the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities by creating new and innovative artifacts. Both paradigms are foundational to the IS discipline, positioned as it is at the confluence of people, organizations, and technology. Our objective is to describe the performance of design-science research in Information Systems via a concise conceptual framework and clear guidelines for understanding, executing, and evaluating the research. In the design-science paradigm, knowledge and understanding of a problem domain and its solution are achieved in the building and application of the designed artifact. Three recent exemplars in the research literature are used to demonstrate the application of these guidelines. We conclude with an analysis of the challenges of performing high-quality design-science research in the context of the broader IS community." Ref:
Reading Group Nov 10th 2004 Nov 10, 2004 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM Common Room,
The next reading group article is "The underlying theory of project management is obsolete" by Lauri Koskela and Gregory Howell. A link to the article is below. We'll meeting in the Common Room at 5pm on Wednesday 10th November
Reading Group Oct 21st 2004 Oct 21, 2004 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM Common Room,
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
Reading Group Oct 7th 2004 Oct 07, 2004 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM Common Room,
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.
Reading Group Sept 29th 2004 Sep 29, 2004 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM Common Room,
"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.