2009 Workshop Phoenix

CALL FOR PAPERS: IFIP 9.1: Computers and Work 2009 – Workshop

Thursday, December 18, 1:00 – 6:00 PM

Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Phoenix, Arizona, USA (the ICIS 2009 conference venue)

Organizers: Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University;
J.P. Allen, University of San Francisco;
Julie Rennecker, Panoramic Perspectives

* Is your research concerned with the uses of information and communication technologies in work and for working?
* Are you ready to present some of your current research ideas and approaches?
* Do you need a forum to discuss some of your concepts and/or findings that have not yet crystallized into a formal paper?
* Would you like feedback from your peers as you move your current work forward?
* Do you want to meet internationally respected researchers in work informatics?

If so, we invite you to present your research-in-progress at the IFIP Working Group 9.1 Computers and Work 2009 research workshop.

This workshop provides you a forum to lead a focused discussion of your research following a short formal presentation. The 2007 workshop helped presenters advance their research and with the 2009 workshop we intend to recreate that collegial atmosphere for researchers focused on studies of computers and work.

The IFIP 9.1 workshop is open to all interested scholars and professionals who are researching in the area of computing in and for work. A list of possible topics includes, but is not restricted to:

  • ICT-enabled work practices
  • Changing nature of work and employment
  • Knowledge management and work
  • Knowledge work/Innovation work
  • New technologies used at work
  • Virtual teams/Virtual workplaces
  • Online groups
  • Collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary work
  • Social/organizational consequences of ICT use at work
  • Workplace control/Workplace empowerment and ICTs
  • Adaptation/change/improvisation at work and ICTs
  • ICT employment patterns and projections
  • Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 and changes in work
  • Professional networking and ICTs
  • Outsourcing/Offshoring through ICTs and changes in work

Along with members and friends of IFIP WG 9.1, we welcome researchers doing empirical research that employs qualitative, case, and/or interpretive methods and is grounded in or directed towards conceptual development.

Come get to know our members and their research interests, issues, and methodologies in a relaxed and supportive setting. The unique and collegial character of WG 9.1 ensures constructive, helpful and high quality feedback. This workshop should be a particularly useful forum for those just embarking on their research who need constructive advice on research approaches.

For this year’s workshop we are particularly interested in papers that focus on social media, social networking and the implications and possibilities of these practices and technologies relative to work and working because such work may be of interest to the journal Information Technology & People’s special issue on this topic.


To present, please submit a 750 word extended abstract of your work to sawyer@syr.edu by 12 October, 2009. Late submissions may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Extended abstracts will be made available online prior to the meeting. Authors submitting extended abstracts must grant the IFIP WG 9.1 the right to publish them online, but retain all other copyrights. More generally, we are keen to help authors develop their work for submission to venues such as the Journal of Information Technology.


There will be a $50 registration fee for the workshop to cover costs. See the ICIS Conference registration. We will able to accept registration (at $60 rate) on the day of the workshop.

Time and Place:

The workshop will be held from Thursday, December 18, 1:00 – 5:00 PM in at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Tucson, Arizona, USA, immediately following the ICIS 2009 conference (see www.icis2009.org). As the date grows closer, more details will be provided on the IFIP WG 9.1 Website (http://jpedia.org/ifipwg91/) and via email.

IFIP WG 9.1 Business Meeting:

All workshop attendees and anyone interested in WG 9.1 are encouraged to attend the WG business meeting that will follow the workshop. At the business meeting, we will discuss future workshops and working conferences and conduct other business.


Please email any questions regarding this workshop to the WG 9.1 chair, Steve Sawyer, at ssawyer@syr.edu.