Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems


As for the previous three conferences in the series, the area of ALOIS*2006 is rather broad. Unifying is an interest in the action concept as a primary tool for interpretation, description and explanation. The list below, which presents broad sub-topics, should not be seen as exhaustive. We emphasise contributions concerning the interplay between information systems and organisational issues. The name of the conference also includes 'language'. This is because of the decisive role language has for information systems and interaction in organisations. Below is a non-exclusive list of possible topics:

Organizational studies

  • Action within pervasive technologies
  • The social interaction in business processes
  • Action and communication in organizational coordination and collaboration
  • Negotiation and exchange processes in electronic commerce
  • Pragmatics of knowledge management
  • Management and strategy of organizational change
  • IS usage as language games
  • IS usage, organizational actions, and organizational effects
  • Pragmatic evaluation of information systems

Language and communication

  • Work-practice languages and IS development
  • Communicative and instrumental actions in organizations

Design methodologies

  • "Actability" as a design-criterion
  • Learning in IS development
  • User-designer interaction in IS development
  • Activity-based design
  • Acting inside an interface: the design-challenges of pervasive computing:
  • IS, action, and innovation 
  • The practices of requirements engineering
  • Action-oriented information modelling and database design

Theory and method 

  • Theories of actions and activities 
  • The notion of "actability" 
  • Action and physical space 
  • Action-oriented theories of language and communication 
  • The technology-society relation in Actor-Network Theory 
  • Research strategies and methods for pragmatic studies 
  • Action research methods and action-oriented research frameworks 
  • Practice epistemologies 
  • Action-oriented theorization of IT artifacts 
  • Comparison between different action-theoretic positions

Please have a look at last years' proceedings! For the purpose of cumulative growth, we encourage authors to relate their submissions to one or more of the previous years' papers.