Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems


Topics of interest

As for the previous four conferences in the series, the area of ALOIS*2008 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.

Organisational studies

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

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 theorisation of IT artefacts
  • Comparison between different action-theoretic positions

Language and communication

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

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