CFP: Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities and Technologies Conference

From Aditya Johri to OCISNET:

Workshop for 3rd Annual Communities and Technologies Conference
Communities of Practice in Highly Computerized Settings

Summary Description: (full description on website)

The aim of this workshop is to re-examine the concept of ‘communities of practice’ keeping in light the recent advances in information and communication technologies. Through this workshop we want to discuss how the nature of work as well as the nature of communities has changed through technology and what this means for developing and sustaining communities of practice.

The term Communities of Practice (CoP) (Lave and Wenger, 1991; Wenger, 1998) has attracted strong attention during the last decade. The term and concept of CoP has especially been successful in organization science literature and has been used to look at learning, knowledge sharing, and innovation. In the past decade the information and communication terrain has changed considerably with new technologies being introduced in the workplace, educational settings, and life in general. In this scenario, what are the lessons from CoP on how workers should relate to one another and what happens to “community?” How do workers manage the changing practices? We believe this is an apt time to re-examine the concept of CoP in light of current changes in the nature of interaction within organizational settings.

We welcome and encourage contribution from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives and strongly encourage submissions form underrepresented theoretical or methodological viewpoints. The workshop will have a maximum of 25 participants.

Conference website:
Workshop website:

Submissions due: April 30, 2007
Decisions: May 18, 2007
Workshop: June 28, 2007

Submission details
Position papers should contain a brief overview (max. 5000 words) of key ideas of the presentation and some information on the background of the submitter. Position papers should be sent to: ajohri [at]

Aditya Johri (Stanford University)
Volker Wulf  (University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin)


Working as an Educator

The last couple of days have been extremely sad with the unfortunate massacre that occurred at Virginia Tech. This must be an incredibly difficult time for our fellow community members enrolled in the PhD programs at Virginia Tech.

As doctoral students are usually trained to become teachers at higer-education institutions, I’d like to take up this opportunity to discuss its implications for our community.

Do you think the event could have been prevented if the student’s professors were more persistent in seeking help? What would you have done?

At the same time, do you think there is substantial intervention available at higher-ed institutions? Do you think middle/high schools are granted much more proactive power and responsibilities towards behavioral/mental health problems, whereas higher-ed institutions much less so? Do you think the system should remain laid back as college students are grown-ups, or do you think we as educators should take on more responsibilities?

There is a fine line between the student’s privacy, freedom to speech, and behavioral/mental health problems. As future educators we will be confronted with this sensitive topic sooner or later. Perhaps most incidents won’t be as serious as this one (and hopefully never again!) but similar dilemmas will manifest themselves in other forms (e.g., discrimination, disruptive classroom behavior, problem team members, chronic complaints). What role do you see us play in resolving the problems? How much power and responsibilities do you take upon yourself? What principles do you use to guide your behavior and decision making?

Your Favorite Study Place?

Hi there!

Just jumped in! My name is Yukika Awazu. I am the first year Ph.D. student at McCollum School of Business at Bentley College. Bentley College just launched its first Ph.D. program last year. Currently, we have two PhD. programs – Accountancy and Business.

I can talk more about my research interests, etc…but let’s do little by little… 😉

So, my first posting is…my favorite place to study…Our library has an Einstein Bagel cafe. Please see the picture. Flat screen TVs, bagel and cheese, etc. Finding a nice place to study is important, don’t you think so?

Please share your favorite study place! :)



Bentley Cafe

OCIS Related Deadline Reminders

Two quick reminders:

1. The deadline for nominations for OCIS Best Published Paper Award for 2006 is this Friday, April 13.

2. The deadline for application for the 2007 OCIS Doctoral Consortium is May 18, 2007.

CARMA Short Course on Internet Survey Design

Does your school provide funding for off-campus research courses? Here’s one that may be relevant to many OCIS researchers. The announcement from OCISNET

Survey Design/Data Collection Using the Internet
CARMA Summer Short Course, May 17-19, 2007
Dr. Jeff Stanton
Syracuse University

Course Summary
The Internet provides a range of powerful methods for collecting social science research data. Thousands of researchers around the world have taken advantage of the flexibility and reach of email and the web to deliver research materials to participants and collect their responses.

Yet there are numerous pitfalls in Internet-based research and many
studies have ended up with small samples, poor response rates, low
quality data, and research ethics disasters. This three day Short Course
provides all of the tools, techniques, and insights you will need to conduct a
worthwhile, methodologically sound research study using the Internet.

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