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Reading Group Sept 8th 2004 Sep 08, 2004 from 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM C201,
Review of papers provided by seminarees prior to their presentations over Thursday and Friday of this week. See URL for details (Login Required)
Reading Group July 20th, 2004 Jul 20, 2004 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM Common Room,
Du Gay, P. and Salaman, G. (1992) 'The Cult[Ure] of the Customer', Journal of Management Studies, 29(5), 615-633.
Reading Group, July 8th 2004 Jul 08, 2004 from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM Common Room ,
'Disconnected Capitalism: or, why employers can't keep their side of the bargain' by Paul Thompson, Work, Employment and Society, 2003, Vol 17(2): 359-378 'The big picture franchise - who has it and what do they claim?'
Reading Group June 29th 2004 Jun 29, 2004 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM Common Room,
Technology and Human Vulnerability by Sherry Turkle, HBR, September 2003. We're going to have the next CITO Reading Group on Tuesday 29th June (5.30pm in the Common Room). Following on from our discussion of emotional intelligence, the next reading is: Different Voice: Technology and Human Vulnerability By Sherry Turkle, HBR, September 2003. "We know that technology changes our lives - but could it be changing our selves as well?" Regards, Anita
Reading Group June 15th 2004 Jun 15, 2004 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM Common Room,
The third CITO reading group. Emotion in the Workplace: The New Challenge for Managers Details of the next CITO Reading Group are as follows: Tuesday, June 15th @ 5.30pm in the Common Room The reading is "Emotion in the Workplace: The New Challenge for Managers" by Neal M. Ashkanasay and Catherine S. Daus (Academy of Management Executive, 2002, Vol 16. No 1). Neal Ashkanasay is giving a NuDIMS presentation on Thursday June 17th, so this will give us a chance to discuss his work before the NuDIMS seminar. Regards, Anita
Reading Group June 3rd 2004 Jun 03, 2004 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
The second CITO reading group. Discussion of the state of IS Research. The readings are taken from the JAIS debate in December 2003 and are all available online. There were 8 people at the inaugural CITO reading group. We more or less agreed to disagree with Nicholas Carr's claim that IT doesn't matter, but had a variety of reasons for why we disagreed with him. In 90 minutes we managed to cover organisational innovation, strategy, management, org. charts, power & politics, competitive advantage and the open source movement. We decided to have another meeting next Thursday (3rd June) at 5.30pm in the Common Room. Taking our inspiration from Carr's 'fuzzy' definition of IT, we're going to discuss the state of IS Research. The readings are taken from the JAIS debate in December 2003 and are all available online: Galliers, R. D. (2003) ‘Change as Crisis or Growth? Toward a Trans- disciplinary View of Information Systems as a Field of Study: A Response to Benbasat and Zmud's Call for Returning to the IT Artifact’ Volume 4 Article 13 November, 2003 http://jais.aisnet.org/articles/default.asp?vol=4&art=13 Robey, D (2003) ‘Identity, Legitimacy and the Dominant Research Paradigm: An Alternative Prescription for the IS Discipline: A Response to Benbasat and Zmud's Call for Returning to the IT Artifact’ Volume 4 Article 15 December, 2003 http://jais.aisnet.org/articles/default.asp?vol=4&art=15 Regards, Anita
Reading Group May 27th 2004 May 27, 2004 from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM Common Room,
CITO Reading Group: "IT Doesn't Matter" by Nicholas G. Carr (Harvard Business Review, May 2003, Vol 81, Issue 5, p. 41-49). After months of talking about it, we've organised the first meeting of the Centre for Information, Technology and Organisation (CITO) Reading Group. We plan to hold regular (informal) sessions throughout the summer, based on articles/books suggested by CITO Reading Group members. Details of the inaugural meeting are as follows: VENUE: The Common Room TIME & DATE: Thursday 27th May, 5.30pm The first reading is "IT Doesn't Matter" by Nicholas G. Carr. Harvard Business Review, May 2003, Vol 81, Issue 5, p. 41-49. Copies of the article are available in my office (Q235). ABSTRACT: As information technology has grown in power and ubiquity, companies have come to view it as ever more critical to their success; their heavy spending on hardware and software clearly reflects that assumption. But scarcity, not ubiquity, makes a business resource truly strategic - and allows companies to use it for a sustained competitive advantage. You only gain an edge over rivals by doing something that they cannot. IT is the latest in a series of broadly adopted technologies - think of the railroad or the electric generator - that have reshaped industry over the past two centuries. IT management should, frankly, become boring. It should focus on reducing risks, not increasing opportunities. For example, companies need to pay more attention to ensuring network and data security. Even more important, they need to manage IT costs more aggressively. IT may not help a company gain a strategic advantage, but it could easily put a company at a cost disadvantage. The article provoked a strong reaction among IT executives and led to a series of debates about the business value of IT. Nicholas Carr lists the responses (see url). It's worth browsing through this additional article as it contains links to a variety of responses from CEOs, IT magazine editors, academics and users. Some background information on CITO can be found here CITO Hope to see you on the 27th, Anita