OCIS Division

Organizational Communication
& Information Systems

Friday, 24 October 2014
Meet OCIS Members



Steven L. Johnson
Ph.D. Candidate
Decision, Operations and Information Technologies
University of Maryland

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ResearchOnline groups, knowledge management and leadership in social media

Fun FactA fun fact (for me!) is I will be joining the MIS Dept. of Temple U. Fox School of Business as an Assistant Professor in Fall, 2008.
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2015 OCIS Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS)

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2015 OCIS Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions
Specific Domain: OCIS focuses on the study of behavioral, economic, and social aspects of communication and information systems within and among organizations or institutions. Major topics include: interpersonal communication; verbal, nonverbal, and electronic communication; vertical, horizontal and diagonal communication; inter-group and intra-group communication; communication networks; applications of information technology in business and society; organizational adoption of communication and information technology; communication and information strategy and policy; communication and organizational culture; communication and information research methodology; managing information technology services; virtual teams, virtual work, and virtual organizations; the management of information systems professionals; e-communications; information systems development; managing IT-related organizational change; e-business, e-commerce, and e-markets; electronic value systems, value chains, and value webs; privacy and ethics; knowledge work, knowledge workers, and knowledge networks; IT infrastructure; governance of IT services; and organizational networks.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 October 2014 )
OCIS 2014 PDW Schedule: Friday
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Friday, 01 August 2014

See the following PDWs that are being co-sponsored by OCIS.

  • Session 57: OCIS Doctoral Consortium [Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center RM 112A, Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM]
  • Session 58: OCIS Junior Faculty Consortium [Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center RM 112B, Time: 9:00AM - 4:00PM]
  • Session 90: Bringing Your Research into the Classroom [Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center RM 126B, Time: 11:15AM - 12:45PM] 
  • Session 91: Vocabularies Matter: Cognition, Communication, Coordination, and Constitution [Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center RM 120B, Time: 11:15AM - 12:45PM]
Last Updated ( Friday, 01 August 2014 )
Information Systems Research Special Issue CFP
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Special Issue on Collaboration and Value Creation in Online Communities

Special Issue Editors: Samer Faraj, Georg von Krogh, Karim Lakhani, and Eric Monteiro

In the past two decades, a range of new information technologies, broadly characterized as Web 2.0, have fundamentally altered the nature of community building, collaboration, and organizing in economic and social life. Technology-enabled collectives in the form of online communities (OC) bring together large numbers of geographically dispersed individuals in support of an activity, interest, or identity. Starting with Armstrong and Hagel’s early work conceptualizing the value of online communities for firms, and concomitant with the explosion of OCs in number and membership, academic interest in these collectives has accelerated. Researchers have investigated a range of issues in the context of OCs, from organization and governance, to what motivates people to participate and contribute volitionally to relative strangers, to the economic and social value created by these collectives.

The goal of this special issue is to both take stock of and chart new directions for OC research in the information systems (IS) discipline. In particular, it seeks to encourage novel theorizing and research that enriches our understanding of the practices and dynamics at play in OCs. Many important questions related to OCs remain under-studied. For instance, although research has focused on why people participate in online communities at the individual level of analysis, less is known about the activities of members, the inner workings of communities, and the processes and technologies that support them. To illustrate, many OCs are sustained by the work of a small group of dedicated, core contributors who create content and protect the boundary of the community, with a much larger group of individuals lurking or sporadically contributing information. Recent lines of inquiry have emphasized the social capital and social practice aspect of community engagement. Furthermore, although research on OCs has become increasingly reliant on large data sets and analysis of information and other resource flows, often such research subscribes to a structural perspective where actors and actions are represented by network position, frequencies of ties, or inference from linked others. A macro structural perspective may inhibit a deeper understanding of the full dynamics of OC with its multiple layers of actors and activities.

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