The OCIS program for the Academy of Management meeting in Boston offers a rich menu of PDWs, paper sessions, symposia, speakers and social events. The program will open with PDWs on a variety of subjects: researching knowledge sharing and communications, decoding and evaluating user-contributed data and social media research, along with a number of PDWs co-sponsored with other divisions. All PDWs will take place on Saturday, August 4th; please consult the schedule for times and locations.
Saturday evening, after the workshops, there will be a reception to introduce the doctoral consortium students to the rest of the community. In the main scholarly program, several paper sessions delve into the topic of organizational trust, both online and in-person. As the world shifts more and more to digital interaction, those who never needed a virtual presence before are now navigating uncharted territory.
Recently, social media has become big business. Many of this year’s sessions examine how users behave in this open yet anonymous environment. Another set of sessions examines knowledge management in different settings. Sociomateriality is the theme of a joint symposium with the OMT division. “Theoretical Elements of a Sociomaterial Perspective in Organization Studies” calls for a sociomaterial perspective in organization studies through the development of a shared vocabulary. The program will close Tuesday with a symposium on “Diversity and Open Innovation” and our showcase symposium, “Modularity and Digitalization: The Digital and Complex Product Innovation Modularity and Digitalization”.
Last but not least, OCIS is proud to announce University of Toronto’s S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, Dr. Barry Wellman, as this year’s keynote speaker. Wellman (PhD, Harvard University) is Director of University of Toronto’s NetLab, which studies the interaction of social, communication and computer networks. In addition, he is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and Chair-Emeritus of the Community and Information Technology and Urban Sociology sections of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Wellman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Sociological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, the International Communication Association’s Communication as an Open Field Award in 2008. He has given numerous keynote speeches, including those at the 2011 Web Science Conference and the 2009 IBM Advanced Management Academy.