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Bentley Provost Seminar Series Examines Digital Genres

September 7, 2004

WALTHAM, Mass.- As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society more generally, the Provost Seminar Series at Bentley begins its third year with a lecture by Wanda J. Orlikowski entitled "Digital Genres: Exploring Technology Use in Organizational Discourse." An authority on information technology and organizational studies, Orlikowski is among several internationally recognized professionals and researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics for scholars and practitioners dedicated to a transdisciplinary treatment of key issues in the modern world. The seminar will be held on October 1 in the Adamian Academic Center at Bentley. The program is free and open to the public.

"As organizations attempt to become more global, innovative and flexible, they are increasingly turning to an array of new communication technologies to facilitate novel and effective ways of organizing," says Orlikowski. "The use of such technologies is challenging conventional understandings of how, where, when and with whom people work and communicate." This seminar will explore some of these organizational changes, and propose the value of a genre lens for making sense of the dynamic and emergent nature of technology-mediated organizational discourse. Drawing on empirical examples of technology use, the implications of blurring genre expectations for the nature of contemporary workplace communication will also be examined.

Wanda J. Orlikowski is Professor of Information Technologies and Organization Studies at MIT's Sloan School of Management, and the Eaton-Peabody Chair of Communication Sciences at MIT. She received a PhD from the Stern School of Business at New York University. In examining the organizational changes associated with the use of information technology, Orlikowski investigates the ongoing relationship between information technologies and organizing structures, work practices, communication, culture and control mechanisms. She is currently leading a five-year project (funded by the National Science Foundation) on the social and economic implications of Internet technology use in organizations. Orlikowski has served as a senior editor for Organization Science, and serves on the editorial boards of Information and Organization, Information Technology & People, Organization Science, and the SoL Journal.

The seminar will be held on Friday, October 1, 2004 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Graduate Commons, Adamian Academic Center, followed by a reception. The event is free but pre-registration is requested. Please RSVP for the seminar and reception to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781-891-2471 or email:

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