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Reflections on the LSE Identity Cards Report Jun 09, 2006 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM CIM at Bath,
Policy analysis and information systems: Reflections on the LSE Identity Cards Report. Dr Edgar A. Whitley, Reader in Information Systems and Research Co–ordinator, LSE Identity Project, London School of Economics and Political Science. The LSE Identity Project on the UK Identity Cards Scheme has been one of the most high profile pieces of academic research in recent times. In this presentation, Edgar Whitley will review the role that academic policy analysis played in informing the debate about this important and wide ranging piece of legislation. With the identity cards scheme forming a basis for a national identity infrastructure, he will particularly reflect on the implications of this research for information systems academics.
NuDIMS. Séamas Kelly, "Against Information: Towards a more Embodied/ Materialist conception of Knowledge, Communication and ICT" Jun 09, 2006 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield. Room Q233,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Dr Séamas Kelly from the Centre for Innovation, Technology & Organisation (CITO), UCD School of Business, University College Dublin, will present on "Against Information: Towards a more Embodied/ Materialist conception of Knowledge, Communication and ICT". In this talk, I suggest that recent contributions to the ‘knowledge management’ literature could be taken to constitute an important epistemic shift for the IS/ organisation studies fields, which may yield promising new approaches to the theorisation of information, communication, and forms of ICT-mediated social interaction. Specifically, I argue that a move away from an overly ‘intellectualist’ conception of information and communication (and attendant forms of representationalism), offers the prospect of re-conceptualising the role of ICT as a complementary mode of engagement with the lifeworld, which may facilitate distinctive forms of collective sensemaking/ learning. Moreover, I suggest that by conceptualising such processes as a duality of reification and social participation (following Wenger 1998), the specific material constitution of the technology (i.e. the form of the medium), and its significance for mediating and shaping important features of social interaction and the relationships that underpin them, is brought firmly into the analytical foreground. Amongst other things, this may offer promising opportunities for a more substantive theorisation of the ICT artefact (see Monteiro et al. 1996; Orlikowski et al. 2001). As a tentative first step in this new terrain, I offer the concept of ‘digiscribing’ as an alternative to Zuboff’s (1988) influential notion of ‘informating’, as a means of thinking about the relationship between information, ICT and organisation. The ideas are illustrated and developed with reference to an in-depth, interpretive study of groupware implementation and use at a large global consulting services firm.
The 2nd IAIS Reverse Conference Jun 07, 2006 from 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM National University of Ireland, Galway.,
The 2nd IAIS Reverse Conference: Innovation, Agility & Resilience - A Workshop for Researchers, at the J. E. Cairnes Graduate School of Business & Public Policy. National University of Ireland, Galway. June 7, 2006. Most conferences are primarily comprised of research papers delivered to the audience via once-off presentations. Many researchers have called for a different format whereby new ideas for papers can be circulated, debated and formalised, as opposed to the traditional format where only completed pieces of work are presented. This workshop reverses the traditional process by focusing on research paper creation rather than delivery. It follows on from a very successful inaugural IAIS reverse conference held in Ballyvaughan, County Clare in August 2005. The event is sponsored by the IAIS and IFIP8.6.
IFIP 8.6, NUI Galway, June 2006 from Jun 07, 2006 08:30 AM to Jun 10, 2006 06:30 PM
The Transfer and Diffusion of IT for Organizational Resilience. A Working Conference of IFIP 8.6, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 7th-June 10th, 2006. “The world is becoming turbulent faster than organizations are becoming resilient.” --Gary Hamel. In a turbulent world where companies are trying to realign their resources faster than the competition, resilience is the capability to absorb strain and recover from untoward events through continuous reconstruction. Resilience implies a capacity to be robust under conditions of stress and change. It can be achieved by creating and maintaining cognitive, emotional, relational, or structural capabilities sufficiently convertible and malleable to cope with a dynamic environment. In the competitive market-place, many countries are making the transition from technology-importing, efficiency-based development to innovation-based development. Organizations located in so-called “1 st world” economies are increasingly concerned with making local enterprises more resilient in their current location and firms in “3 rd world” economies are keen to establish and retain knowledge-based economic activities.
19th Bled eConference eValues from Jun 05, 2006 01:35 AM to Jun 07, 2006 11:35 PM Slovenia,
The Bled eConference attracts speakers and delegates from business, government, information technology providers and universities and is the major venue for researchers working in all aspects of "e". The theme for this year's conference is eValues. There will be a variety of keynote speakers from industry, government and academe. You are encouraged to propose a research paper, a panel, a workshop, or a meeting. For more detail please see URL below. Important Dates: February 1st - Submission of papers. March 31st - Notification of acceptance. April 28th - Submission of final versions.
IT Skilling Seminar May 26, 2006 from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM Quinn Building Room Q223,
Kate Kaiser presents a paper titled, "The Information Technology Workforce: Trends and Implications 2005-2008." A submission to MIS Quarterly Executive it presents the work carried out in 2005, by a team of researchers sponsored by the SIM Advocacy program to survey senior executives in IT departments about their current and future skill requirements. This paper presents the results of that survey: More organizations are increasing their in-house IT staffs than are decreasing them. The use of offshore workers is increasing, but mainly via domestically headquartered providers. IT executives see business and project management skills as the most critical to own, and they seek these skills in their mid-level hires. Technical skills are more likely to be outsourced, but they are also sought in entry-level hires. The study raises questions about how to transform technically-skilled entry-level hires into mid-level IT managers with strong business and project management skills.
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.
Strategic Information Management. CITO Seminar Apr 27, 2006 from 03:00 PM to 04:45 PM Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield. Room Q201,
Strategic Information Management (SIM): A review of the literature. Dr Alexander Teubner and Dr Martin Mocker (University of Muenster, Germany) will give a joint research seminar on the topic of strategic information management. In the past an increasing number of IS topics have been discussed under the label ‘strategic’ by researchers from the IS discipline as well as from information and documentation science. Among them are Strategic Information Systems, Strategic Information Systems Planning, Strategic Alignment, IS/IT Strategy. A range of other topics have been claimed to have a ‘strategic’ impact (e.g. “the strategic intent of IT outsourcing”), not to forget the discussion on IT’s relation to competitive advantage. With our review of around 400 research articles (and another 130 books authored by practitioners, consultants and academics alike), our aim is to develop a research map of SIM by identifying areas of SIM that have been researched to date, their relationships but also less intensively researched areas. We would like to present and discuss our aims, approach as well as the first draft of such a SIM research map with other researchers interested in the field or parts of it.
Getting to grips with AtlasTi for interpretive research from Apr 20, 2006 09:30 AM to Apr 21, 2006 04:30 PM Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield. Room Q201 day 1, Q233 day 2,
The programme structure as follows; DAY 1 THURSDAY 20 APRIL. Rm Q201 - Quinn Building, Belfield Campus. ** Module 1. with basic demonstrations taking place for first ~1.5 hours for unrestricted numbers (NOT HANDS-ON). ** Module 2. the rest of the day geared for serious ‘users’ (15 max) about to ‘use’ TOTALLY HANDS-ON. Serious users attending Module 2 must have attended Module 1. DAY 2 FRIDAY 21 APRIL. Rm Q233 - Quinn Building, Belfield Campus. ** TOTALLY HANDS-ON Master class: Focus on Team or Project specific qualitative field work. Again, for serious users (15 max). This module requires individual and group preparation prior to commencement. You will need to provide qualitative field data from your own research (e.g. primary, secondary or tertiary sources). You will use Atlas.ti actively on your own data. This session prepares you to work on your specific project and will include team logistics involved in using Atlas.ti as shared qualitative analysis tool. AFTERNOON OF DAY 2. Research Seminar: We may also arrange for a ~1+ hr research seminar hosted by BRP (in NuDIMS format) on Friday afternoon, subject to interest and agreement.
MIS Seminar - Dr Yossi Lichtenstein - Real Options in IT Risk Management: An Empirical Validation of Risk-Option Relationships Apr 06, 2006 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield. Room Q233,
MIS Seminar - Dr Yossi Lichtenstein - Real Options in IT Risk Management: An Empirical Validation of Risk-Option Relationships. Recently, an option-based risk management (OBRiM) framework has been proposed to control risk and maximize value in IT-investment decisions. While the framework is prescriptive in nature, its core logic rests on a set of normative risk-option mappings for choosing which particular real options to embed in an investment in order to control specific risks. This study tests empirically whether these mappings are observed in practice. The research site is a large Irish financial services organization with well established IT risk management practices not tied to any real options framework. Our analysis of the risk management plans developed for a broad portfolio of 50 IT investments finds ample empirical support for OBRiM’s risk-option mappings. While this shows that IT managers’ intuitions and practices correspond well with the logic of option-based risk management, we are concerned that applying this logic solely based on intuition could lead to suboptimal or counterproductive results. We therefore argue that managerial intuition ought to be supplemented with the use of formal real option models, which allow for better quantitative insights into which risk mitigations to pursue and combine in order to effectively address the risks most worth controlling.
NuDIMS. Michael Barrett, "Scandal as Resistance in a Telecommuting Implementation" Apr 05, 2006 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield. Room Q233,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Dr Michael Barrett from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, will present on "Scandal as Resistance in a Telecommuting Implementation".
Ethnographies of Code: Computer Programs as the Lived Work of Computer Programming from Mar 30, 2006 09:00 AM to Mar 31, 2006 04:40 PM Lancaster University,
Ethnographies of Code at Lancaster University, InfoLab21. This workshop is on how social studies of programming can be used to understand and inform the methods and technologies of computer programming. The focus is on the role of everyday practices in the work of programming such as; writing code, reading code, talking about code, copying and pasting code, compiling code etc.. Programmers engage in practical-epistemologies such as 'coding', 'spiking', 'refactoring' and 'testing'. Infolab
SSIT 6 - In Celebration of Claudio Ciborra from Mar 27, 2006 09:30 AM to Mar 28, 2006 01:00 PM London School of Economics,
**SSIT 6 - In Celebration of Claudio Ciborra** **London School of Economics** **Department of Information Systems** **SSIT 6, March 27-28 2006** The Department of Information Systems will host the sixth annual Social Study of IT (SSIT) workshop on the 27th and 28th March 2006. The original idea for the workshops came from Claudio Ciborra and the two day event will celebrate his life and work in the Information Systems field. The programme will consist of presentations by distinguished invited speakers from academia and lively panel discussions, affording the opportunity to consider Claudio's unique and innovative ideas and theories on Information Technology and Organizations. A draft programme is under preparation, but we expect the workshop to run from 9:30am on Monday 27th to the lunchtime on the 28th March. An informal PhD Q&A session based on a planned poster exhibition will take place from 2-5pm for the remainder of the second day. Regular updates on the event can be found can be found at There is no charge for attending the workshop and refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions or comments, please email Emma Keys, Research Coordinator (
Face to Face with Herman Chernoff Mar 09, 2006 from 03:00 PM to 05:40 PM Cheyne Lecture Theatre, RCSI ,
The distinguished Professor Herman Chernoff is Head of Statistics at Harvard University and famous for his pioneering work in decision theory, multivariate analysis (Chernoff faces), Chi-square distributions, the nature of randomness, as well as Optimal Control, Sequential Analysis, and Empirical Bayes. 09 Mar at 1530 Tea / coffee at 3 pm Venue: Cheyne Lecture Theatre, RCSI
UCD Commday Auction 2006 from Mar 06, 2006 05:05 PM to Mar 10, 2006 01:00 PM
The Commday Auction is run in conjunction with the UCD Commerce Day and is proud to be associated with Barretstown Children’s Charity, which helps children with cancer and other serious illnesses. All money raised through this auction shall go directly to Barretstown. You can see the great work done in Barretstown on their website, at Commerce Day takes place at UCD campus on Thursday 9th March and is supported by the UCD Business School.
Turnitin Seminar Mar 02, 2006 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM AVC second floor in the library building,
The UCD Audio Visual Centre is holding a seminar on Turnitin - Plagiarism Prevention Software on Thursday, March 2nd at 11 a.m. in the Audio Visual Centre. The speaker will be Dr Vincent Wade of the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Trinity College Dublin. TCD have been using Turnitin in a wide range of disciplines for several years. Vincent will describe how Turnitin is integrated into their teaching & learning practice and discuss plagiarism education and detection. To book a place please contact Niall Watts. The Audio Visual Centre is on the second floor in the library building. The seminar will be followed by coffee and sandwiches.
NUDIMS. Wanda Orlikowski, "Digital Genres: Exploring PowerPoint in Organizational Discourse" Feb 27, 2006 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q201 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Wanda Orlikowski (MIT) will present on "Digital Genres: Exploring PowerPoint in Organizational Discourse"
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.
Launch of UCD's Natural Computing Research and Applications Group (NCRA) Feb 24, 2006 from 05:30 PM to 11:55 PM Clinton Auditorium ,
UCD's Natural Computing Research and Applications Group (NCRA) will be launched on Friday 24th February. This event will also feature the launch of the new book by then Groups founders, Dr. Anthony Brabazon and Dr. Michael O'Neill, titled "Biologically Inspired Algorithms for Financial Modelling" published by Springer. The authors have an ongoing collboration with members off the Centre of Management Science and Systems and the two chapters of the book have an input from staff from CMSS and students from the Master of Management Science.
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.
ISDSS 2007 from Jan 02, 2006 09:00 AM to Jan 04, 2006 04:00 PM Kolkata, India,
9th International Conference on Decision Support Systems January 2-4, 2007, Kolkata, India Organized by the Association for Information Systems - SIGDSS International Society for Decision Support Systems
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).
ICIS2005 from Dec 11, 2005 07:10 AM to Dec 14, 2005 11:10 PM Las Vegas,
THEME - Forever New Frontiers. The idea of new frontiers in information technology (IT) research brings forth many images, all of which involve exploration, transformational change, high risks, and high returns. Just when we think we know the implications of previous frontiers, new frontiers have emerged that have continued to transform how we work, live, and conduct business throughout the world. The next new ideas that can lead us to new frontiers in information technology can originate from anywhere in the world. This year’s program team reflects the international nature of these new frontiers with co-track and co-program chairs representing North American and International scholars from around the globe. We invite scholars throughout the world to attend a world class conference in a global destination location – Las Vegas, Nevada.
CEROP seminar Dec 02, 2005 from 02:25 PM to 03:45 PM Blackrock,
"The Role of Work in Developing Human Capability" by Jane Bryson Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and SKOPE (Centre on skills, knowledge & organisational performance), University of Oxford, UK. Abstract: This presentation explores how work acts as both driver of, contributor to, and barrier to, developing human capability. The optimal conditions for developing human capability in New Zealand organisations are the focus of a large research programme the “Developing Human Capability: employment institutions, organisations and individuals” project. This paper reports recent findings of case study research for this project which explores institutional, organisational and individual influences on the development of human capability in New Zealand workplaces. The paper outlines: key themes from various bodies of literature addressing capability (including Sen 1999); the approach taken to the case studies; recent findings and their implications for our understanding of the role of work in developing human capability. [Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.]
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.
The creation of knowledge within organizations Nov 24, 2005 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Judge Business School, Cambridge,
**Seminar by Professor Haridimos Tsoukas** **Topic: "The creation of knowledge within organizations - a post rationalist approach"** **Abstract:** Despite several insightful studies on how new knowledge is created in organizations, there is still no satisfactory answer to the question, "what are the generative mechanisms through which new organizational knowledge is created?" The purpose of this paper is to answer this question by drawing on the work of phenomenological philosophers such as Dreyfus and Taylor, literary theorists such as Bakhtin, and developmental psychologists such as Mead, Shotter and Wertsch. Building on the concept of interaction, which previous theories of organizational knowledge have identified to be the bedrock for knowledge creation, the paper argues that in organized settings new knowledge comes from the exercise of judgment - the individual ability to draw new distinctions concerning a task at hand, typically in the context of a group. New distinctions may be developed since human experiences already involve a certain level of articulation and as such they admit of further articulation. The process of articulation develops through organizational members engaging in three kinds of dialogical encounters: with real others, with imaginal others and with artifacts. Each kind of dialogue is conceptualized and illustrated. The overall dialogical approach adopted in this paper is illustrated by drawing on the work of Donald Schön.
Scrum 59 Minutes - Dublin Agile Seminar Nov 17, 2005 from 05:35 PM to 08:35 PM Quinn School,
The Autumn Dublin Agile Seminar will present the very special “Scrum 59 Minutes” session. This session will give attendees a unique opportunity to experience agile Scrum practices first hand in a non-technical environment. To learn more about Agile – or Scrum this is an event not to miss and is ideal for both IT and non-IT people alike.
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.
Spatial Analysis Workshop from Oct 20, 2005 03:10 PM to Oct 21, 2005 03:10 PM Urban Institute UCD,
Urban Institute Ireland in association with UCD Library is hosting an international workshop in Spatial Analysis Support on October 20/21st. This workshop will focus on the development of Spatial Analysis within UCD. There will be a number of international speakers from both academia and the library. We are hoping to present examples of how GIS is being use at present in UCD and discuss possible future directions for the future development of GIS capabilities within the university. The Academic perspective will be given by Dr Michael Goodchild, from the University of Santa Barbara, California. Director, Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, University of California, Santa Barbara and chair Executive Committee, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. The Library perspective will be ably presented by two high profile speakers: Kimberley Kowal, Curator of Digital Mapping, British Library & Nigel James, Map Librarian, Bodleian Library Oxford.
Reading Group Oct 5th 2005 Oct 05, 2005 from 05:30 PM to 06:45 PM Common Room,
The article for discussion is "On the Methods of Long Distance Control: Vessels, Navigation, and the Portuguese Route to India" by John Law, originally published in "Power, Action and Belief: A New Sociology of Knowledge?" 1986.