[AISWorld] IS Track at EURAM - Submission Invitation - 15th January

Andrea Carugati ANDREAC at asb.dk
Thu Nov 29 09:29:45 EST 2012

Dear all,
EURAM is not one of our classic outlets but for EURAM 2013 there will be a specific IS track titled: "Performance and Control in Information Systems".
It will be an excellent occasion for our community to meet with the European Academy of Management.
EURAM 2013 will take place in Istanbul 26th-29th June. Deadline for paper submission is 15th January.
Please find the track description and call for paper here below.
The conference website is here: http://www.euram2013.com/r/default.asp?iId=FGKGEL (Check out our impressive track code :-))
The track description is here: http://www.euram2013.com/userfiles/file/49a_%20General%20Track%20Subtrack%20EURAM%202013.pdf

Best regards,
Andrea, Nancy, Lapo, Joao (Track Chairs)

EURAM 2013
Organisational Behaviour General Track
Performance and control in Information systems

  *   Andrea Carugati, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Department of Business Administration
  *   Joao Vieira da Cunha,  Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Department of Business Administration
  *   Lapo Mola, University of Verona, Department of Management
  *   Nancy Pouloudi, Athens University of Economics & Business, Department of Management Science & Technology

Sub-track description
Information systems have an unprecedented potential for surveillance and control. Information systems
have been described as a panopticon - a mechanism of surveillance that exposes the most minute details
of people's actions and achievements at work. People are said to react to such a level of surveillance
through anticipatory conformity, whereby “the behavioural expectations of [managers] can be so keenly
anticipated by [employees] that the foreknowledge of visibility is enough to induce conformity to […]
normative standards”{Zuboff, 1988 #209: 345}.
In many cases this is an all too accurate description of the challenges  of working in jobs where
information systems are at the same time the means that people use to work and the means that
managers use to monitor that work. However, the theories that have been used to specify the role of
information systems as mechanisms of control has emphasized the agency of employees in reproducing
the conditions necessary to make their work visible. Foucault wrote that, "He who is subjected to a field of
visibility, and who knows it, assumes responsibility for the constraints of power; he makes them play
spontaneously upon himself; he inscribed in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays
both roles; he becomes the principle of his own subjection." Giddens argued that "all forms of dependence
offer some resources whereby those who are subordinate can influence the activities of their superiors"
{Giddens, 1989: 16}.
Introducing technology between controller and controlled occasions the emergence of behaviours for the
different stakeholders that go beyond our normal understanding of and expectations for the role of
managers and employees. Research has emphasized the extent to which people are capable of improvising
with and around information systems. However, there are still few explorations and explanations of the
implications for surveillance and control of people's disposition and ability to adapt technology to suit
their own interests.

This track invites papers that theorize and research control mediated by IT by taking into account the active role that employees, managers and stakeholders in general, play in this process. We invite papers that focus on topics such as:.
1.How does improvisation with and around information technology affect computer-mediated control?
2. How does computer-mediated control affect people's ability and willingness to adapt IT to their everyday challenges?
3. What distinguishes effective and ineffective attempts to limit computer-mediated control over work?
4. What are the organizational consequences of employees' attempts to limit computer-mediated control over their own work?
5. How do managers cope with the effect on control of employees' adaptation of IT?
6. How do external and internal stakeholders design organizational computer-mediated control
Andrea Carugati, Ph.D,
Associate Professor
Head of Information Systems Research Group

Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences
Department of Business Administration
Office 232, Building 1325
Bartholins Allé 10
DK-8000 Aarhus C

T: +45 87164945
M: andreac at asb.dk<mailto:andreac at asb.dk>
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