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Exploring temporal work in coordination

With their current work on how hospital emergency teams achieve coordination in conversation, Katharina Hohmann and Jeanne Mengis have been selected to present their paper on “The Conversational Constitution of the Task at Hand: A Temporal Work” as one of the four top papers of the Organizational Communication Division of ICA’s 63rd Annual Conference. The paper argues that when emergency teams coordinate in view of a fleeting object of concern that continues to evolve and develop in unexpected directions (i.e. stabilizing and diagnosing a patient), they engage in active temporal work drawing recent past and imminent future into the present stream of activity.

An earlier version of the paper has also been recognized as one of the top student papers at this year’s APROS 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, where it was presented during a stream exploring the dynamics of performativity and practice.

A more refined version of these conference papers will appear in the edited volume on “Language and Communication @ Work: Discourse, Narrativity and Organizing” of the Perspectives on Process Organization Studies book series.

Mengis J., Hohmann K. (forthcoming). Temporal Work in Coordination: Co-Orienting Around a Fleeting Object of Concern. Cooren, F., Vaara, E., Langley, A. & Tsoukas, H. (eds.) Language and Communication @ Work: Discourse, Narrativity and Organizing (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies), Oxford University Press.

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Paper: “Understanding the Role of Objects in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration”

Jeanne Mengis has published a new paper in Organization Science together with Davide Nicolini and Jacky Swan from Warwick Business School.

The paper aims to contribute to the currently vivid discussion in organization studies on the active work done by material objects in cross-disciplinary collaboration. It takes a pluralist approach – building on the theories of boundary objects, epistemic objects, and cultural historical activity to highlight that objects perform at least three types of work: they motivate collaboration, they allow participants to work across different types of boundaries, and they constitute the fundamental infrastructure of the activity. Building on the results of an empirical study in the biomedical arena, the paper highlights the shifting status of objects in cross-disciplinary collaboration (trajectories of objects) and argues for their relational nature.

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Alice Comi at ASQ conference!

Alice Comi from IMCA got accepted at the prestigious conference on “Coordination within and among Organizations” organized by the Haute Ecole de Commerce Paris, OMT Devision, and Administrative Science Quarterly. Although the competition was immense and many senior researchers received rejections, Alice’s paper got accepted for presentation at the conference and she was awarded a stipend to cover travel expenses.
Congratulations Alice!

Comi A., Eppler M. (2011). Inter-Organizational Teams as a Mode of Coordination across Organizations: A Critical Review of Literature. ASQ-HEC-OMT Conference on Coordination within and among Organizations, 13-14th June 2011, Paris.

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