Workshop 2012: Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS)

“Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems” (VOSS) Workshop

 Date: May 14-16, 2012

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Since 2008, the National Science Foundation has invested in dozens of studies of virtual organizations from multiple perspectives through the Office of Cyberinfrastructure’s VOSS program. Information scientists, organizational scholars, anthropologists, economists and others all study virtual organizations with one thing in common – to attend to both the human and the technical elements of the phenomena in its many forms.

A fundamental goal of NSF’s VOSS program is to enhance the practice of virtual science and engineering and related innovation. In this workshop we are bringing a diverse group of selected VOSS scholars with practitioners within “virtual” science and engineering organizations with the following goals in mind:

  • What are key insights from research into virtual organizations?
  • What are the areas that challenge managers of virtual organizations?
  • Can we build a sustainable community among VOSS researchers and VO practitioners?

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only (link to a current list of invitees).

This workshop is one of a series of workshops funded by the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure (Award # 1148996) as part of a “Resource Coordination Network” grant (NSF RCN proposal – Managing Collaborative Research Centers).

Also, the workshop accompanies a proposed special issue of Information Systems Research on “Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems” (ISR-VOSS-Proposal-1).

The workshop will take place in the radically innovative Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University. The building is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry.




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