The Quadrangular Conference on Technology, Organizations and Society is organized jointly by the University of Cambridge, Lancaster University, University College Dublin and the London School of Economics and Political Science. This year’s Quadrangular Conference will be hosted by the Information Systems and Innovation Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science on 25th and 26th September 2014.

Building on the previous years’ success, the event provides an exceptional opportunity for PhD students to get in-depth feedback on their work from senior faculty members outside their own institution. The conference draws together a number of distinguished scholars to help novice academics at different stages of their research projects to conduct successful research and develop contributions for the disciplines of information systems and organization studies.

The theme of the Conference for this year is Knowledge Practices in the Contemporary World. We suggest to focus, as a main topic, on how organizations absorb, elaborate, and at the same time generate knowledge, in response to the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly interconnected global context. In this domain, intercultural perspectives on organizational dynamics are particularly relevant to discussion, as well as reflections on how the very concepts of knowledge generation and learning processes evolve as a result of the new globalizing landscape.

Possible topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • Intercultural perspectives on management, information systems and organizations
  • Theoretical innovation on learning and knowledge generation
  • New technologies as enabling/constraining organizational practices
  • Social dimensions of the development and use of ICTs in organisations
  • Developing countries vs. the opportunities/challenges of globalization
  • Public management vs. the new globalizing landscape
  • Sociological approaches to globalization and its consequences
  • Material practices, discourses and knowledge in organizational settings

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