People listening to talk
Developing Activity Theory in Information Studies
12 June 2023
09:00 - 17:00
B3 008

Relevant dates, time, and format

Deadlines for submission of short paper (500 words): Sunday 2 April 2023 (now extended to Sunday 16 April 2023)
Notification of acceptance: 9 April 2023 Ongoing until 23 April 2023
Format: In person only.

Submission details and dates

Deadline for submission of short paper (500 words): Sunday 2 April 2023 (now extended to Sunday 16 April 2023)

Short papers can be e-mailed to Wei Zhang (wei.zhang@umb.edu) at any time prior to the deadline. Please include the words ‘DATIS Workshop’ in the email’s subject.
Short papers will be circulated prior to the workshop.
Short paper submission is not required for attendance at the workshop.

Description

The purpose of the fifth Developing Activity Theory in Information Studies (DATIS) workshop is to continue to provide a forum for IS scholars using Activity Theory (AT). Over the last two decades the use of AT has developed within the field of information systems (IS) (Allen et al., 2013; Karanasios 2018; Malaurent and Avison 2015; Simeonova, 2018, Karanasios et al. 2021), as well as related fields such as Human Computer Interaction (Kaptelinin & Nardi, 2006; Kuutti, 1996; Nardi, 1996), information studies (Allen et al., 2011; Spasser, 1999; Wilson, 2008), organisation studies (Engeström 2000; Jazrabkowski 2003) and communications (Spinuzzi, 2012). Building on this interest the aim of the workshop is threefold:

  • Strengthen and build the community of scholars within IS using AT.
  • Provide an opportunity for scholars to reflect and gain feedback on work in progress or gain fresh perspectives.
  • Provide support for researchers that are starting to explore AT.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to bring together early career researchers and more established researchers to discuss issues of interest and share research work. It also brings together scholars that may be working in separate areas of IS (e.g. small firms and IT, IT and development, IT design), but have a shared interest in developing Activity Theory. In particular, this year the workshop will focus on the 4th generation AT (Engeström and Sannino 2021, Spinuzzi and Guile 2019) and its implications to IS research, featuring a keynote speech on this topic from Dr. Stan Karanasios.

The previous four iterations of the DATIS workshops (2016-2019) were well attended and proved to be a useful platform for discussing diverse IS studies utilising Activity Theory as well as critiquing and expanding it and have led to interest in running the event on a yearly basis.

Workshop organizers (names, affiliations, e-mails, phone, short bio for each organizer)

Professor David Allen da2@lubs.leeds.ac.uk
Professor David Allen is a Professor of Information Management at the University of Leeds. He is also Director of the AIMTech Research Centre. His research has informed government and organisations on the use of new technology. His research has been published in MIS Quarterly, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal and other leading Information Systems outlets.

Dr Raquel Benbunan-Fich raquel.fich@baruch.cuny.edu
Dr Raquel Benbunan-Fich is a Professor of Information Systems at Baruch College, City University of New York. Her research focuses on user behavior and human-computer interaction. Her recent work has been published in the European Journal of Information Systems, AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, Information Technology and People, and other leading Information Systems outlets.

Dr Stan Karanasios s.karanasios@uq.edu.au
Dr Karanasios is an Associate Professor at UQ Business School, University of Queensland. His research focuses on the interaction of technology and organizations and society and is heavily influenced by Activity Theory. His work has been published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal and other leading Information Systems outlets.

Dr Paul Kelly p.kelly@essex.ac.uk
Dr Paul R Kelly is a Lecturer in the Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management Group at Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK. His work focuses on information systems, global development, and impact evaluation, using activity theory and perspectives on power relations. His work has been published in the Information Systems Journal and Organisation Studies.

Dr Boyka Simeonova b.simeonova@leicester.ac.uk
Dr Simeonova is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester School of Business. Her research focuses on digitalisation and knowledge management and utilises activity theory. Her work has been published in Information Systems Journal, The Journal of Information Technology, The International Journal of Information Management, Journal of Information Management, and other leading Information Systems outlets.

Dr Wei Zhang wei.zhang@umb.edu
Dr Wei Zhang is a Professor of Information Systems at College of Management, UMass Boston. Currently, his research focuses on the innovative and strategic use of IS. His research has been published in Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, and other Information Systems outlets.

Program committee members

Associate Professor Kui Du, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Associate Professor Liang Li, University of International Business and Economics, China
Associate Professor Julien Malaurent, Essec Business School, France
Dr Jyoti Mishra, University of Leeds, UK
Professor Bonnie Nardi, University of California Irvine, USA
Dr Alistair Norman, University of Leeds, UK