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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.
RSEEM "Relationships in Electronic Markets" from Sep 11, 2004 08:00 PM to Sep 13, 2004 04:00 PM Dublin, Ireland,
The annual Research Symposium on Emerging Electronic Markets (RSEEM) is a forum to present and discuss current and ongoing research. In order to stimulate a lively discussion the number of participants will be limited to 25.
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 Aug 26th 2004 Aug 26, 2004 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM Student Club,
"Wiki: A Technology for Conversational Knowledge Management and Group Collaboration" by Christian Wagner. Read the article, then experiment as follows; go to each of the following pages, recall your impressions, what do you see, feel, understand. What is happening? http://mis.ucd.ie/wiki is our MIS Wiki, this link is to a Wiki hosted here in the Quinn Building. You need to have "joined" the site to have rights to edit and collaborate on it (should we change this to allow anonymous contribution?). Have a look, join, feel free to contribute. The C2.com http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WelcomeVisitors site is the original community Wiki written and led by Ward Cunningham. Finally look at http://wikipedia.org
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
NuDIMS. Neil Ashkanasy, "Emotion in Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective" Jun 17, 2004 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Neil Ashkanasy (University of Queensland, Australia) will present on "Emotion in Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective"
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
NuDIMS. Andrew Brown, "Narrative and Identity" Jun 11, 2004 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Andrew Brown (University of Nottingham) will present on "Narrative and Identity"
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
NuDIMS. Miller & Kurunmäki, "Modernisation, Partnerships and the Regulation of Risk" May 20, 2004 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Peter Miller and Dr Liisa Kurunmäki (LSE) will present on "Modernisation, Partnerships and the Regulation of Risk"
NuDIMS. Donncha Kavanagh, "Ocularcentrism and its Others: A Framework for Metatheoretical Analysis" Dec 11, 2003 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Dr Donncha Kavanagh (University College Cork) will present on "Ocularcentrism and its Others: A Framework for Metatheoretical Analysis"
NuDIMS. Sharon Bolton, "Understanding the Pleasures and Pains of Organisational Life: Introducing a Typology of Workplace Emotion" Nov 19, 2003 from 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM N303, Smurfit School of Business, UCD, Blackrock,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Dr Sharon Bolton (University of Lancaster) will present on "Understanding the Pleasures and Pains of Organisational Life: Introducing a Typology of Workplace Emotion"
NuDIMS. Debbie Harrison, "Disrupted Inter-Organisational Routines and Disrupted Supplier-Customer Relationships: The Impact of an Industrial Call Centre" Nov 14, 2003 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM N202, Smurfit School of Business, UCD, Blackrock,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Dr Debbie Harrison (Norwegian School of Management) will present on "Disrupted Inter-Organisational Routines and Disrupted Supplier-Customer Relationships: The Impact of an Industrial Call Centre"
NuDIMS. Geoff Walsham, "Cross-Cultural Software Production and Use: A Structurational Analysis" Oct 09, 2003 from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM Laurence Crowley Boardroom, Smurfit School, Blackrock,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Geoff Walsham (University of Cambridge) will present on "Cross-Cultural Software Production and Use: A Structurational Analysis"
NuDIMS. Robert Johnston, "Agency as a foundational concept in Management and Information Systems" Sep 11, 2003 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Laurence Crowley Boardroom, Smurfit School, Blackrock,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Dr Robert Johnston (University of Melbourne) will present on "Agency as a foundational concept in Management and Information Systems"
NuDIMS. Peter Reason, "Action Research and Co-operative Enquiry" Apr 14, 2003 from 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q117 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Peter Reason (University of Bath) will present on "Action Research and Co-operative Enquiry"
NuDIMS. Steve Fleetwood, "The Ontology of Organisation and Management Studies: Critical Realism versus Poststructuralism" Mar 28, 2003 from 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Dr Steve Fleetwood (University of Lancaster) will present on "The Ontology of Organisation and Management Studies: Critical Realism versus Poststructuralism"
NuDIMS. Laughlin & Broadbent, "An Exploration and Evaluation of the Private Finance Initiative with particular reference to the National Health Service" Feb 21, 2003 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Richard Laughlin and Prof. Jane Broadbent (University College London) will present on "An Exploration and Evaluation of the Private Finance Initiative with particular reference to the National Health Service"
NuDIMS. Eamonn Walsh, "The Dual Character of Man: A Critical Perspective on Business Research" Dec 06, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Eamonn Walsh (UCD) will present on "The Dual Character of Man: A Critical Perspective on Business Research"
NuDIMS. Sundeep Sahay, "Networks of Action: Sustainable Health Information Systems across Developing Countries" Oct 24, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Sundeep Sahay (University of Oslo) will present on "Networks of Action: Sustainable Health Information Systems across Developing Countries"
NuDIMS. Dick Boland, "An Ecology of Distributed Mediated Practice" Oct 03, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Dick Boland (Case Western Reserve University, USA) will present on "An Ecology of Distributed Mediated Practice"
NuDIMS. Paul Jeffcutt, "Creativity and Convergence in the Knowledge Economy" Jun 06, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Paul Jeffcutt (Queens’ University, Belfast) will present on "Creativity and Convergence in the Knowledge Economy"
NuDIMS. Keith Hoskin, "Rethinking the Invention of Modern Management: Beyond Foucault: Management as 'Powerful Knowledge'" May 23, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Keith Hoskin (University of Warwick) will present on "Rethinking the Invention of Modern Management: Beyond Foucault: Management as 'Powerful Knowledge'"
NuDIMS. Mats Alvesson, "Reframing Organisational Culture" May 02, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Mats Alvesson (University of Lund) will present on "Reframing Organisational Culture"
NuDIMS. Luis Araujo, "Marketing and the Construction of Markets: Mobilising expertise to represent demand" Apr 25, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Luis Araujo will present on "Marketing and the Construction of Markets: Mobilising expertise to represent demand"
NuDIMS. Geoff Walsham, "Interpretivism and IS Research" Apr 11, 2002 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM Q233 Quinn School,
You are cordially invited to the next NuDIMS seminar. Prof. Geoff Walsham (University of Cambridge) will present on "Interpretivism and IS Research"