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Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) Call for Submissions

 Call for Submissions 

Program Chair: Jennifer Gibbs, University of California, Santa Barbara;

Specific Domain: OCIS 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: digital transformation, digital platforms, virtual and distributed work, knowledge and innovation processes, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, technology and the changing nature of work, organizational design and strategy, IT policy and impacts, information privacy and ethics, online communities, and organizational communication networks. OCIS: Come for the research, stay for the network!

Special Instructions: OCIS invites the submission of innovative empirical or conceptual papers and symposia on all themes of interest to the Academy that touch on information systems and/or organizational communication. Topics that are oriented to the 2019 All-Academy theme of "Understanding the Inclusive Organization" are especially encouraged. This year's theme encourages research on how digital technology impacts organizational processes of inclusion and participation, broadly defined. It specifically invites reflection on ways in which digital technology may contribute to building inclusive organizations in various ways. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: technological advances and the gig economy, digital technologies and their impacts on participatory organizational processes and structures, intergroup dynamics in online contexts, how digital innovation contributes to inclusive business approaches, and how sharing platforms contribute to access to information and resources. OCIS welcomes management, organization, communication, and information systems scholars who rely upon a broad range of theoretical perspectives, research methods, and data. 

Division Awards:   Division awards will be given for best program paper, best interactive paper, best student paper and best reviewer. The Gerardine DeSanctis Dissertation Award will also be presented at the 2019 meeting. The award, inaugurated by the OCIS division at the 2007 Annual Meeting, is open to solo-authored papers based on a dissertation completed within the past three years (see the OCIS Division website at for more details). The winner of the DeSanctis Award will be automatically nominated for the Academy-wide William H. Newman Award. The OCIS Division will also nominate one paper for the Academy-wide Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award (see the Orientation and Awards section in the submission guidelines for more details). In addition to these program-related awards, an award will be given for the best paper published by an OCIS member during 2018. Finally, the division may award one or more Lifetime Service awards.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5pm ET (NY Time).

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