Call for Papers: AOM-OCIS 2007

Who’s working on submissions for the Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia?

For your convenience here’s information on the submission system and the OCIS division guidelines.

Submission System

The 2007 Scholarly Submission System is now open! The submission deadline is January 15, 2007.

The Academy of Management is now accepting scholarly submissions for its 2007 Annual Meeting, August 3-8, Philadelphia, PA. 

To ensure that your submission is correct and that it is reviewed, please carefully read through all the guidelines, instructions, and division domain information.  The submission deadline is January 15, 2007, but PLEASE, PLEASE SUBMIT EARLY!

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Jimmy Le.

Start the submission process!

Organizational Communication and Information Systems

Program Chair: Paul Hart

Specific Domain: OCIS focuses on the study of behavioral, economic, and social spects of communication and information systems within and among oganizations 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.

Special Instructions: OCIS invites the submission of innovative empirical or conceptual papers and symposia on all themes of interest to the Academy that touch on organizational communications, information systems, or computer-based technologies.  Topics that are specifically oriented to the 2007 all-Academy theme of “Doing Well by Doing Good” are especially encouraged.  This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of social success when developing and reinforcing “best practices” based on the research of the Academy members.  This theme builds on last year’s theme linking management and public concern.

Division Awards:   Division awards will be presented for best paper, best interactive paper, and best reviewer.  In addition, an award will be given for best student paper (see the OCIS Division website at for more details about this submission).  An award will also be given for the best paper by an OCIS member published during 2006.  The Gerardine DeSanctis Dissertation Award, given by the OCIS Division, will be inaugurated at the 2007 Annual Meeting.  Solo-authored papers based on a dissertation completed within the past three years are eligible (see the OCIS Division website at for more details). The winner of the Gerardine DeSanctis Award will be automatically nominated for the Academy-wide William H. Newman Award.  The OCIS Division will also nominate one paper for the Academy-wide Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award (see the Orientation and Awards section in the submission guidelines for more details).


Joining In

Outside Looking In
Don’t get left out in the cold.

I think of begin a college professor as a three-legged stool: teaching, research, and professional service. From what I can tell, most doctoral programs put slight emphasis on teaching, strong emphasis on research and next to no emphasis on professional service. This is in stark contrast to the reality of being a professor.

Want to get a jump on your future life as a professor? Are you ready to start giving back to profession? Are you looking for ways to meet your current/future colleagues around the world?

The OCIS division is looking for student volunteers for a number of activities. These are a great way to get involved in professional activities that will help support the division, that provide a taste of future professional service activities, and–in many cases–provide exposure to some of field’s most senior scholars.

Here’s a list of student-oriented initiatives we need volunteers for:

1. OCIS Student Web Site –

(a) Participate – We’re rolling out a full launch of this site over the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, please continue posting comment on posts. Please continue visiting, posting suggestions on topics to cover and suggest any other ways to improve the site.

(b) Author Content – Contribute posts. Email meif you are interested and I’ll grant you the access rights to author posts. If you want to write but are unsure what to write about, Tanu Ghosh is preparing a list of topics ideas.

(c) Assist on Secret Project – Last week we recevied grant funding from AOM for an exciting initiative related to the site. [How’s that for being vague! 🙂 ] We need a couple of volunteers to help with the project. My best guess is we’re talking at most 1-2 hours per week over 8-12 weeks.  All of the work will be done “virtually” via email communication and posting/commenting on this site. The bulk of the effort will occur early Jan. to end of March.  Skills desired: attention to detail, interest in participation incentives, willingness to promptly answer emails –> in other words, nothing out of the ordinary for a doctoral student who spendstime online anyway!

2. AOM 2007 Preparations –

(a) Network – Gather local information on low cost hotel, restaurant, transportation from Philly-area OCIS/AOM members. [The end result will look something like this.]

(b) Plan – Tuesday night student/recent graduate social event.

3. Membership Diversity and Growth –

(a) Reach-Out – Invite other students to participate in OCIS activities.

(b) Suggest – Is there anything else you’d like to see happen for student members?

Many thanks to everyone who is already helping out. If you’d like to join in further, leave a message in the comments or email Tanu Ghosh ( and Steven Johnson (

Let us know which items you’d like to get involved in (or with any questions) and we’ll help coordinate to avoid overlapping efforts.

What’s Going On Around Here?

This is one of those “meta” posts where I write about the site itself.

So far we’ve had a slow, steady, soft launch of the site. A small steering committee–Tanu Ghosh, Dave Yates and myself–started things off through word-of-mouth advertising. Now that we have a solid base of participation 🙂 we’re launching a full roll-out.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be making announcements on OCISNet, ISWorld, AOM’S Student Listserve, the Internet Researcher’s Email List and anywhere else that might drum up visitors.

How can you help?

(1) Let us know if there’s anywhere else you can think of to advertise the existence of this group.

(2) Are you happy with the topics we’ve been covering so far? Are there topics you’d like to see more of? Are there areas we’ve missed altogether? Let us know.

(3) Invite other Organizational Communications and Information Systems doctoral students at your school to join in the fun!

Please post any suggestions for item #1 and any feedback on #2 in the comments. Many thanks!

The Education Workplace

I ran across a treasure trove of articles today, Insider High Ed’s WorkPlace section. Here are four recent articles that caught my eye:

A Primer on Electronic Communication  Nov. 28

Eszter Hargittai explains why some e-mail sent to professors will be ignored and offers tips on how to get your queries answered. more

How to Sabotage Your Career  Nov. 7

Four kinds of behavior have Rob Weir thinking that graduate programs hurt students by not teaching them the basics of getting along and keeping commitments. more

Preparing for the Job Hunt  Oct. 3

Shari Wilson takes steps to be ready for the market next year. more

Protect Your Privacy  Sept. 21

Margaret Gutman Klosko wants you to remember that “your” e-mail address and computer on campus aren’t really yours. more

In addition to their value as practical advice, I wonder if there are some research ideas related to electronic communication hidden away there.

Hello, Welcome, Pleased to Meet You

I met a lot of nice folks at ICIS 2006 this week in Wisconsin. Thank you to all of you who expressed interest in Academy of Management. Thank you even more for dropping by to check out our site.

A big reason we started this site is to give students a way to connect in between conferences. [Along with that–for some students it’s to encourage you to attend in the first place!]

In that spirit please post a comment introducing yourself:

> Name

> School / Program

> Year or stage in program

> Research interests

I’ve started in the first comment. Please join in. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet some future research collaborators here!

ICIS 2006 Blogging

For those attending, do you have any observations to share from ICIS 2006? Post them here.

For those not attending, do you have any questions about ICIS? Post those in comments, too!

Update: Monday, December 11 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The research methods track is new to ICIS this year. The track chair opened the session noting they were very happy with the number of submissions–there were more good papers submitted then there was room to accept them.

QUANTRM-01 – “Time Changes Everything: An Examination and Application of Time-Varying Coefficients in Information Systems Research,” Eric Overby and Benn Konsynski, Emory University

  • Eric Overby describes research methods to move the study of “changes in relationships between variables over time out of research purgatory of “to be studied later.” He effectively used his research on used car auctions as an example of time-varying coefficients. He conceptualizes his design as pooled cross-sectional data.

QUANTRM-02 – “Other-settings Generalizability in IS Research,” Peter B. Seddon and Rens Scheepers, University of Melbourne

ICIS 2006 Plans

Are you headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2006)? Looking at the program here’s the OCIS-type sessions I reckon I’ll be at:

Monday, December 11

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

QUANTRM-01 – “Time Changes Everything: An Examination and Application of Time-Varying Coefficients in Information Systems Research,” Eric Overby and Benn Konsynski, Emory University

QUANTRM-02 – “Other-settings Generalizability in IS Research,” Peter B. Seddon and Rens Scheepers, University of Melbourne

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

HCI-03 – “Social Engagement in an Online Community Of Inquiry,” James Waters and Susan Gasson, Drexel University

HCI-04 – “Beyond Routine: Symbolic Adoption, Extended Use, and Emergent Use of Complex Information Systems in the Mandatory Organizational Context,” Wei Wang and J. J. Po-An Hsieh, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Panel: Call Centers, Offshoring and the Future of Work: An International Debate on Taylorism in the Service Economy
Panel Chair:  Thomas W. Malone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Panelist:  Jimmy Huang, University of Warwick, Brian T. Pentland, Michigan State University, Frantz Rowe, Université de Nantes and Bentley College and Helen Richardson, University of Salford

Tuesday, December 12

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Panel:  Internet Enabled Co-Production: Partnering or Competing with Customers?
Panel Chair: Ulrike Schultze, Southern Methodist University
Panelists: Emanuela Prandelli, Bocconi University, Petri I. Salonen, TELLUS and Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University and MIT

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

KM-01 – “Distributed Knowledge Coordination across Virtual Organizational Boundaries,” Susan Gasson and Edwin M. Elrod, Drexel University

KM-02 – “Lurking: Legitimate or Illegitimate Peripheral Participation?” Adrian Yeow, Steven L. Johnson and Samer Faraj, University of Maryland

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

KM-03 – “Community Commitment: How Affect, Obligation, and Necessity Drive Online Behaviors,” Patrick J. Bateman, University of Pittsburgh, Peter H. Gray, University of Virginia and Brian S. Butler, University of Pittsburgh

KM-04 – “Effectiveness of Knowledge Acquisition for Newcomers: The Relationship between Acquisition Channels and Knowledge Types,” Weiqi Zhang, Sharon S.L. Tan and Bernard C.Y. Tan, National University of Singapore

Wednesday, December 13

8:30 am – 10:00 am

KM-05 – “Case Research in Global Software Projects: Coordinating through Knowledge,” Julia Kotlarsky,     Warwick Business School, Paul C. van Fenema, Netherlands Defense Academy and Leslie P. Willcocks, London School of Economics

KM-06 – “Knowledge Transfer in Offshore Insourcing,” Ai Ling Chua and Shan L. Pan, National University of Singapore

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Panel:  Has IS Missed the Network Revolution? Future Directions and Potential Risks of Network Perspectives on IS Research
Panel Chair:  Richard Boland, Case Western Reserve University
Panelists: Gerald C. Kane, Boston College, Brian S. Butler, University of Pittsburgh, Samer Faraj, University of Maryland and Youngjin Yoo, Temple University

There’s lots of other good-looking sessions, too. What catches your eye?