Dear OCIS members,
As many of you know, for the last two and a half years the division has engaged in an important strategic exercise to update its mission statement and perhaps as well change its name to reflect important new trends in scholarship and practice of great importance to our division members.
Here is an update on the progress of this important initiative, and to ask for your feedback on it.
Last year, a poll of the OCIS membership indicated that a new name could be useful. The most popular proposed name was: Communication, Technology, and Organizing (CTO), with 43% of the votes. Of note, though, 35% of survey respondents expressed an interest in keeping the current name for the division.
This year, to continue this important work, a task force was created, with the following members:
Abayomi Baiyere, Michael Barrett, Maria Binz-Scharf, Sabine Brunswicker, Jennifer Gibbs, Steven Johnson, Marco Marabelli, Likeobe Maruping, Molly Wasko, and Mary-Beth Watson Manheim.
Thank you all for your participation and great ideas!
Upon meetings and discussions, the task force concurred with the results of last year’s poll and considered that CTO would be a promising new name for the division. In addition, it worked well and hard to propose the following new mission statement for the division:
The Communication, Technology, and Organizing (CTO) [or Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS)] Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) promotes an interdisciplinary approach to further the understanding of the behavioral, social, and economic processes at the intersection of communication, technology, and organizing.
It constitutes a vibrant, inclusive, and intellectually stimulating community, open to scholars from a wide range of disciplines, theoretical frameworks, and research methods, who are conducting cutting-edge research based on rigorous and creative scholarship.
Major topics of interest include: Organizational communication, information systems, distributed work, information and communication technologies, knowledge and innovation processes, organizational design and strategy, and IT impacts and outcomes.
Examples of submissions included in past programs have been related to, among others: the changing nature of work, digital transformation, social networks, virtual teams, digital platforms, management of information systems, online communities, user-generated content and social media, big data, processes of digitalization, knowledge work, organizational innovation, organizational change, globalization, new organizational forms, IT diffusion and infrastructure, sharing economy, the quantified self. The CTO [or OCIS] Division is open to multiple methods and theories.
CTO [or OCIS]: Come for the research, stay for the network!
For comparison purposes, below is the current mission statement, last updated in 2003:
“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.”
At this point, it is crucial that all OCIS members provide their input on these developments:
* What do you think of the proposed name change for the division?
* What do you think of the proposed new mission statement for the division?
To make it easy for you to provide this feedback, we have created a short survey, available at: https://tinyurl.com/y83ft9mt
Your participation and input regarding the proposed changes by June 24th will be invaluable for the division: thank you very much in advance!