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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] 

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 <http://www.lifescapes.org/> .
She can be reached at [log in to unmask]

 

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).

 

 

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