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OCIS Keynote talk featuring Michael Barrett

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Hi OCIS-ers,

Please check out the abstract of Michael Barrett’s keynote, at the AOM annual meeting (Monday, Aug. 8 at 4.45pm – Hilton Anaheim, California A)

Process Theory in OCIS Research

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This OCIS-sponsored PDW will take place on Saturday, August 6 2:15PM – 4:15 PM at the Academy of Management Conference.

Process theory refers to theorizing about the effects of sets of actions on outcomes of interest. This is of particular relevance to many OCIS topics ranging from small group interaction to project teams to software development teams. Process theory offers an alternative to variance theory that emphasizes action, changes over time, and complexity. It is based on the empiricist stance that all theory is tentative but that testing provides a mechanism for continual improvement.

The session will be led by Fred Niederman ( It will begin with presentation of background material then evolve into a hands on experience for surfacing possible process theory premises and discussing methods that could be used for testing them.

Big Data – Implications for Research on Organizations and Technology (OCIS PDW)

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This OCIS-sponsored PDW will take place on Saturday, August 6 8:30 – 10:30 am at there Academy of Management Conference.
We have assembled an outstanding group of experts who will discuss this topic from different perspectives focusing on implications for research that would be of special interest to OCIS members, as well as the larger AOM membership, including the opening up new areas of research as well as need for new methods.
The session will include a keynote talk by Alex (Sandy) Pentland – MIT and a panel discussion with following participants:
Alex (Sandy) Pentland – MIT
Noshir Contractor – Northwestern
Anindya Ghose – NYU
M. Lynne Markus – Bentley
Ashish Thapliyal – Citrix Systems Inc.
Heng Xu – National Science Foundation

Michael Barrett OCIS Keynote Speaker

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Dear OCIS Community,
On behalf of the OCIS exec committee, I am delighted to inform you that Michael Barrett (Cambridge University, UK) has kindly accepted the invitation to be the OCIS keynote speaker. The talk will tale place on Monday, Aug. 8 at 4.45pm – location TBD.

We will soon share details of the presentation.

Escher, Algorithms and Decisions made behind Closed Servers

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By Diego Mastroianni and Claire Ingram, OCIS Student Representatives
Monday might not be a very popular day during the whole year, but at the Academy it must be one of the most popular ones. For OCIS, it is a packed day full of interesting presentations, which often finishes with a triple event involving a brilliant keynote, followed by the division business meeting and the official reception. And this year in Vancouver it was no different. More than presenting a single paper or research in progress, keynotes provide speakers an opportunity to make connections across different stages in their career and synthesize years of research in a little more than one hour.

The guest speaker for 2015 in Vancouver was Prof. Wanda Orlikowski (MIT) who needs no introduction. The title of her talk – “Performing Research, Researching Performativity” – might be economic in words, but as one could expect from Prof. Orlikowski, deep in content (and even a little humorous).

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