March 30-31, 2007: Cambridge, MA


Call for Papers



Opening Plenary

Information Technology in the Wild
For twenty-five years I have done field research on computers in the workplace and situated studies of the people who build, program, maintain and use them. In this talk I draw on this body of research to explain why, we need a sociological understanding of information technology perhaps now more than ever.

Stephen R. Barley, Stanford University

Stephen R. Barley is the Charles M. Pigott Professor of Management Science and Engineering and the Co- Director of the Center for Work, Technology and Organization at Stanfordís School of Engineering. Barley was a member of the Board of Senior Scholars of the National Center for the Educational Quality of the Workforce and co-chaired National Research Council and the National Academy of Science's committee on the changing occupational structure in the United States. The committee's report, The Changing Nature of Work, was published in 1999. Barley teaches courses on the management of R&D, the organizational implications of technological change, organizational behavior, social network analysis and ethnographic field methods. He served as the editor of the Administrative Science Quarterly from 1993 to 1997 and is currently the academic editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has written extensively on the impact of new technologies on work, the organization of technical work and organizational culture. He and Julian Orr edited a volume on technical work entitled Between Craft and Science: Technical Work in the United States published in 1997 by the Cornell University Press. In collaboration with Gideon Kunda of Tel Aviv University, Barley has recently published a book on contingent work among engineers and software developers, entitled Gurus, Hired Guns and Warm Bodies: Itinerant Experts in the Knowledge Economy, with the Princeton University Press.

Important Dates:

February 27, 2007:
Advance Registration Ends

March 29, 2007:
Web Registration Ends

March 30-31, 2007:
On-Site Registration