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Resources on Internet and Politics

Participating in orgtheory.net thread I whipped up these resources which I thought ought to be useful here also.

Question:

How has the Internet changed political organizations? Is it just one tool in the service of traditional politics? Or is there a new politics associated with online life?

I agree that this is going to be a really important area of study in the future. In talking about how protests get organized with activists, it’s pretty clear that Facebook has turned into the medium of choice given its flexibility and relational scope. If nothing else Facebook helps cut down the coordination costs of collective action, but I suspect there’s an identity element to the story as well.

So why don’t we have very many studies about the impact of the internet on other sorts of organizational decision-making and/or organizing? Most of the studies that look at organizational life and the internet that I’ve seen tend to look at the counterproductive aspects of the internet (e.g., lost hours of productivity due to blog reading). What about the efficiency-enhancing aspects of online coordination? Anyone?

I feel like there is a lot that is at least descriptive or celebratory of lowering the coordination costs for civil society or political organizations.  You mean more rigorous, empirical research?  And do you mean campaign organizations (as oppose to governing or politically engaged?)

A few things I pulled off my shelf-
Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons for Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics Techout, Zephyr and Streeter,Thomas. Has stories from campaign and some framing/theory chapters.

Society Online Edited by Howard, Philip and Jones, Steve. Has a chapter on voting and Internet in politics 1996-2000 (wow! Pre-history!).

Globalization from Below: Transnational Activists and Protest Networks della POrta, Donatella et al. Has a Chapter on Networks and Organizing.

Causewired By Watson, Tom. Whole book is rah-rah on wired activism. HAs chapter on politics (6, I think).

The Media in the Network Society: Browsing, NEws, Filters, and Citizenship Several chapters on politics, political systems, case studies of other countries (East Timor, Portugal e.g)

Is any of this on the mark?

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Miracles and Nasty Surprises

Miracles and Nasty Surprises
This blog is an experiment in presenting an academic work for public commentary. We have taken the web introduction to our book Miracles and Nasty Surprises (found at http://remedy101.com) and converted it into smaller segments. Each segment is available for commentary (call this the talmudic approach).

The authors of the above book used a blog to try and spark discussion. They broke the introduction up into discrete chunks and blogged each chunk.  neat idea.

Possible book for teaching org theory?

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Professional Development Workshop Ideas (for any Management/Org Studies Conference)

Some professional email correspondence led me to brianstorm the kinds of PDWs I would like to see happen or participate in.

As I will never get around to all of these, here they are for the taking:

Ideas for AOM PDWs

– Collaborative knowledge tools for researchers (how to use blogs, wikis, podcasts, and so on).  My thinking was more about how to use them to support and advance research (as opposed to self-promotion, but that could fit too.)

– Qualitative and Mixed Method Network Analysis (Dvaid Obstfeld and I have kicked this around in passing).

– Network Analysis/Netcentric thinking for Org and Strategic Interventions.  At Sunbelt or AOM once David Krackhardt (And a few others) talked about this.  Could be OMT and ODC joint project and focus on more full cycle research (not just anecdotes).

– The “lost” theory of networks (Simmel, White, Econ Sociology, Complexity, Emirbayer): An attempt to push back on networks as all method no theory idea.  I don’t agree, but am  a little wary of opening a structuralist vs. individualist cat fight.  I mean, I like healthy disagreement, as opposed to paradigm policing.

– Using Web 2.0 to collect data:  I have been doing some research on SecondLife and other virtual worlds.  I have also wondered how to take advantage of facebook et al to get some network data.  So, this would be like sharing tips and tricks of the trade.  Also, discussing thorny issues of human subject review.  And privacy.   Maybe AOM could throw its weight around (ha ha) and get us a social network CEO to come and talk about corporate-research data sharing.

– Institutions, Organizations, and Networks: Common Ground and Common Agendas:  I feel like there is some sort of gap between institutional theory and network research.  or maybe its just niche proliferation, but i have been wondeirng why some sort of “grand synthesis” hasn’t been created (or maybe it has and I missed it out here in the wilds of Pennsylvania).

– Social Entrepreneurs and Networks.  Do the networks and network strategies of social entrpreneurs/innovators differ from the plain old “normal” ones?  Does the prima facie need to address a social concern and claim a higher moral authority effect how social entrepreneurs get things done?  Maybe a SIM, ENT, OMT, CMS joint project.

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