Sorry for cross postings. I thought this might be of interest to some of you and would probably correct the US-bias of the papers. <smile> Dori ------ Forwarded Message From: Tracy Meerwarth <[log in to unmask]> Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]> Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 20:44:32 -0000 To: <[log in to unmask]> Subject: [anthrodesign] Call for Papers on the Culture of Remote/Mobile Work Brigitte Jordan, Julia Gluesing and I, Tracy Meerwarth, are calling for papers that speak to the culture of mobile work. The goal of this effort is to produce a book or special journal issue on this topic. This volume is designed to explore the sociality of remote/mobile work rather than on specific technologies. Please read the description below, and if you are interested and would like to be considered as a contributor to this publication, please contact Tracy Meerwarth via email at [log in to unmask] <mailto:tlm%40consbrgs.com> . Abstract The purpose of the publication is to explore the interface between technology and culture from the standpoint of remote/mobile workers as well as from the perspective of the researchers who study this community. There appears to be a general focus in the literature on the technical side of remote work rather than on exploring the social aspects of this growing trend. This publication offers an opportunity to inform people about an increasingly important area of work culture, provide insights into how remote work is affecting the lives of those who practice it, and investigate the broader social connections (e.g., work colleagues, communities, spouses, relationships) that surround this transformation. It also gives us an opportunity to focus on the sociality of work technologies and remote/mobile work processes rather than specific technologies themselves. In this way we are able to describe and understand how technology and culture mutually shape one another with the consequential benefits and burdens to personal lives. Authors also may offer solutions and suggestions of how to manage mobile work with the social and cultural in mind. Bios of Editors Brigitte Jordan: Brigitte Jordan's work revolves around the changing nature of work and leisure under the impact of the new communication and information technologies and the consequent transformation of ways of life, societal institutions, and global economies. Now working as an independent consultant, Gitte previously held an appointment as a Principal Scientist at Xerox PARC (now the Palo Alto Research Center) and at the Institute for Research on Learning. She specializes in research methodology and is the author of more than 100 scholarly, technical and professional publications. They include most recently "Persuasive Encounters: Ethnography in the Corporation" (Field Methods 18:4:359-381, 2006 with Brinda Dalal); "Assessment as Practice" (Human Organization 63:3:346-358, 2004 with Peter Putz); "Co-Constructing Non-Mutual Realities: Delay-Generated Trouble in Distributed Interaction" (Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work 10:1:113-138, 2001 (with Karen Ruhleder). Many of her publications can be found at her website at www.lifescapes.org. She can be reached at [log in to unmask] <mailto:jordan%40akamail.com> . Tracy L. Meerwarth: Tracy Meerwarth is a cultural anthropologist who has been employed by General Motors (GM) as a contract researcher since 2001. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Her professional interests are cognitive anthropology, cultural modeling, and intersection of space and culture. Tracy's recent research at GM includes understanding the complex dynamics of partnerships (Briody, E.K., T.L. Meerwarth, and R.T. Trotter II. "Learning From the Partnership Experience," In Partnering for Performance Collaboration and Culture from the Inside Out, E.K. Briody and R.T. Trotter, II eds., Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2007 forthcoming) and informal rule making behavior (Meerwarth, T.L., E.K. Briody, and D.M. Kulkarni. 2005. "Discovering the Rules: Folk Knowledge for Improving GM Partnerships," Human Organization, 64 (3):286-302.) With her colleagues, Tracy has helped build a cognitive cultural model of ideal automotive plant culture to increase relationship effectiveness and collaboration. Julia Gluesing: Julia C. Gluesing is a business and organizational anthropologist and Research Professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Wayne State University who specializes in global teaming and global product development. She is currently principal investigator of a National Science Foundation grant to study the diffusion of innovation across the global enterprise by tapping into an organization's information technology infrastructure. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Julia also frequently serves as a consultant, and trainer to help business teams develop strategies and skills for working globally. She conducts research in global work practices, and in cross-cultural and organizational communication for companies such as Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Corporation, Aegon, EDS Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. She has published professionally, most recently as a contributing author in Virtual Teams that Work: Creating Conditions for Virtual Team Effectiveness (Jossey-Bass 2003), Handbook of Managing Global Complexity (Blackwell 2003), and Crossing Cultures: Lessons from Master Teachers (Routledge 2004).