Practise Research


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Schedule and location

Mon January 20th 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tue January 21st 9.00am - 12.00pm

Room E014, Arkadia building, Aalto University, School of Business
Lapuankatu 2, Helsinki. Töölö Campus map and floor guide.


Associate professor Natalia Levina, Information, Operations, and Management Sciences department at the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Guidelines for Student Presentations

Each student can overview his/her research project including: 
1) Motivation behind choosing a research subject
2) Research question
3) Research method
4) Findings so far
5) Expected contribution

Consider limiting the presentation to 5 non-busy slides.


Monday 20.1.  

Practice Theory in IS studies: Example of Boundary Spanning Research

Tuesday 21.1.

Workshop on Students’ Research


*) Coffees include to the seminar. Lunches can be bought at own expense from near restaurants.

Assigned Papers

All students read each reading
1. Read a short overview of paradigms of Social Research (up until Research Methods section) by Mike Myers:
2. Feldman, M.S., W.J. Orlikowski. 2011. Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory. Org. Science 22(5):1240-1253.
Read one of the following three:
3. Barley, S.R., Technology as an Occasion for Structuring - Evidence from Observations of Ct Scanners and the Social-Order of Radiology Departments. Administrative Science Quarterly, 1986. 31(1): p. 78-108.
4. Orlikowski, W.J., Using technology and constituting structures: A practice lens for studying technology in organizations. Organization Science, 2000. 11(4): p. 404-428.
5. Schultze, U. and R.J. Boland, Knowledge management technology and the reproduction of knowledge work practices. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 2000. 9(2-3): p. 193-212.
All students read each paper:
6. Carlile, P.R. 2004. Transferring, Translating, and Transforming: An Integrative Framework for Managing Knowledge Across Boundaries. Org. Science 15(5):555-568.
7. Levina, N. and E. Vaast, The Emergence of Boundary Spanning Competence in Practice:  Implications for Implementation and Use of Information Systems. MIS Quarterly, 2005. 29(2): p. 335-363.
8. Levina, N. and E. Vaast, Innovating or Doing as Told? Status Differences and Overlapping Boundaries in Offshore Collaboration. MIS Quarterly, 2008. 32(2): p. 307-332.

Supplemental Papers (for future reading)
1. Burrell, G. and G. Morgan, Sociological paradigms and organisational analysis: elements of the sociology of corporate life. 1979, London: Heinemann. xiv, 432.  (See a summary at
2. Orlikowski, W.J., J.J. Baroudi. 1991. Studying Information Technology in Organizations: Research Approaches and Assumptions. Information Systems Research 2(1):143-169.
3. Orlikowski, W.J., The Duality of Technology: Rethinking the Concept of Technology in Organizations. Organization Science, 1992. 3(3): p. 398-427.
4. Jones, M.R. and H. Karsten, Giddens's structuration theory and information systems research. Mis Quarterly, 2008. 32(1): p. 127-157.
5. Carlile, P.R. 2002. A Pragmatic View of Knowledge and Boundaries: Boundary Objects in New Product Development. Org. Science 13(4):442-455.
6. Levina, N. 2005. Collaborating on Multiparty Information Systems Development Projects: A Collective Reflection-in-Action View. ISR 16(2):109-130.
7. Kellogg, K.C., W.J. Orlikowski, J. Yates. 2006. Life in the Trading Zone: Structuring Coordination Across Boundaries in Postbureaucratic Organizations. Org. Science 17(1):22-44.
8. Nicolini, D., J. Mengis, J. Swan. 2011. Understanding the Role of Objects in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration. Org. Science Articles in Advance.
9. Hsiao, R.-L., D.-H. Tsai, C.-F. Lee. 2012. Collaborative Knowing: The Adaptive Nature of Cross-Boundary Spanning. Journal of Management Studies 49(3):464-491.
10. Langan-Fox J. and C. Cooper (eds) 2013. Boundary-Spanning in Organizations: Network, Influence and Conflict.  Routeledge, New York, NY.
11. Levina N. and Arriaga,M.  Distinction and Status Production on User-Generated Content Platforms: Using Bourdieu’s Theory of Cultural Production to Understand Social Dynamics in Online Fields. 2014 Information Systems Research (Forthcoming)



This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD-students. For others the participation fee is 750 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.


Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain credit points. This requires participating on both days and completing the assignments given at the seminar.