Information, perception and decision: how smart are organizations?


Schedule and location

Thursday November 7 - Friday November 8

University of Turku, Dentalia Dent3 DEN280, Building T32 (address: Lemminkäisenkatu 2, Turku)


Registration is open until October 30.



Professor Isabel Ramos, University of Minho, Portugal
Professor Reima Suomi, University of Turku, Finland


 Professor Reima Suomi, University of Turku, Finland


In the digital economy, the digital information that individuals and organizations have access to shapes the perception of reality. IT applications engage the attention of their users in discussions, interpretations, clues and automatic analysis that can either favor their decision and action or misguide them. It is more important than ever to recognize the impact of IT applications on organizational attention. The theory of Attention-based view of the firm (Ocasio, 1997), the theory of attentional triangulation (Rerup, 2009) and the concept of organizational mindfulness (Weick et al., 2008) provide important theoretical support for the study of organizational attention. Dernbecher and Beck (2017) present how individual and collective attention has been addressed in Information Systems, providing the starting point for further studies in this field. 
This two-day course contemplates the exploration of the theoretical perspectives on organizational attention and the analysis of practical cases of lack of organizational attention. It is also intended to explore research opportunities in the area of IT adoption and organizational mindfulness. Participants will be asked to read papers and cases in advance. The course will be divided into 2 expository sessions, 2 case discussion workshops and 1 creativity session to design individual research projects in IS.

Detailed Program

Day 1                                 Thursday 7.11.2019


10.00                                               Welcome to the course

                                                          Professor Reima Suomi


10.30                                               The organizational attention theory

                                                          Professor Isabel Ramos


12.00                  Lunch


13.00                                               Organizational mindfulness in the IS field: theory and practice

                                                          Professor Isabel Ramos


14.30                  Coffee


15.00                                               The transaction cost view on organizational decision making

                                                          Professor Reima Suomi


16.30                                               Case Study: collective attention to innovation

                                                          Professor Isabel Ramos


18.00                  End of day one

18.30                                               Joint dinner at Restaurant Ship Svarte Rudolf, by Aura bridge

                                                          (optional, at your own cost)


Day 2                                 Friday 8.11.2019


8.00                                                  Case Study: the hazards that come with organizational inattention

                                                          Professor Isabel Ramos



9.30                                                  Case study: Decision making in healthcare

                                                          Professor Reima Suomi


10.30                  Coffee break


11.00                                               Research opportunities around organizational decision making

                                                          Professors  Isabel Ramos and Reima Suomi


12.00                  Lunch


12.30                                               Summary and conclusions for practice

                                                          Professor Isabel Ramos


14.00                  End of the seminar

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain 2 credit points. This requires participating all of the days and completing the assignments.

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 400 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.