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Call for Papers for a Workshop at COOP 2006
France, Provence - May 9-12, 2006

The Role of ICT in Interfirm Networks and Regional Clusters

- Marleen Huysman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Jean Claude Nataf, STmicroelectronics, Rosset, France
- Bernhard Nett, Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany
- Markus Rohde, University of Siegen, Germany
- Chip Steinfield, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
- Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin,

Objectives of the Workshop:
The importance of inter-firm networks, networks between academia and
industry, and regional clusters continues to grow. Nuturing regional
clusters becomes a major political objective in a globalizing world. The
French government has, for instance, just set up a competition to
allocate 1.5 billion Euro over a period of three year to foster regional
clusters in high tech domains.
Much attention has been given to the need to provide adequate
information infrastructures so that such regional clusters can flourish.
The evidence regarding ICT usage and benefits in such clusters, both for
internal coordination in the cluster (e.g. communityware, CSCW and
collaborative commerce) and for contact with external markets (e.g. B2B
and B2C e-commerce) is rather mixed. In this workshop, we want to
explore the role of ICTs in such networks. The focus on research
questions concerning ICT is driven by an overall discussion on the
importance of regional clusters.
There is a growing number of studies of such networks, but it is
difficult to generalize or aggregate the results of this work. We
believe that a workshop such as this provides an important opportunity
for researchers to share ideas and possibly coordinate their efforts. In
this way, it may be possible to gain insights that would otherwise be
beyond reach.
This workshop is designed to maximize interaction time among researchers
who are actively engaged in research on inter-firm clusters.

Submission details:
Position papers should contain a brief overview (max. 5000 words) over
the key ideas of the presentation and some information on the
occupational background of the submitter.
Position papers should be sent to: [log in to unmask] Position
paper submission: March, 28; Notification of acceptance: April, 10.

Publication of results:
We plan to publish selected contributions to the workshop in a special
issue of an international journal.

Background of Organizers
Marleen Huysman is a Professor in Knowledge and Organization, Department
of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Her research and teaching concentrates on topics such as Organizational
Learning, Knowledge Management, Communities of Practice, On-line
communities, Regional communities. Her research has been published in
various international journals and books. Together with Volker Wulf, she
edited the book on Social Capital and IT (MIT Press, 2004) and organized
the first International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T
2003) in Amsterdam.

Jean Claude Nataf is a Development Director at ST Microelectronics in
charge of Alliances and Long term Planing. In 2005, Jean Claude has
taken (in parallel to functions in ST) the role of Director of the
Cluster “Secured Communicating Solutions “ awarded by the French
government in July 2005 as one of the six clusters with a woldwide level
impact (International Competitive Cluster). This cluster concerns
partnerships into collaborative projects for more than 300 enterprises
and academic bodies mainly based in the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur
region. Before getting involved in this regional cluster initiative he
headed ST University. He is a regular speaker in conferences organized
around strategy, human resources, knowledge sharing, learning and
cultural topics (ACCESS, CUX, ICAD, IQPC,MCE.). He is participating in
the writing of books about Corporate Universities.

Bernhard Nett is a Research Associate at Fraunhofer FIT. He studied
Physics, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, International
Cooperation and Philosophy. His experience in consultancy and scientific
research stems from his work at Mensch, Arbeit und Technik GmbH (MA&T),
Aachen, the Institute of Computer Science III at the University of Bonn
(ProSEC), the Institute for Computers and Society at University of
Freiburg (IIG), and the Fraunhofer-Institute of Applied Information
Technology (FIT-ICON), St. Augustin. He lectured at the RWTH Aachen and
the universities of Freiburg and Siegen. His research foci are
ethnographic studies of socio-technical systems and networks, (des-)
empowerment, learning scenarios, action research, and participatory design.

Markus Rohde has studied psychology and sociology at the University of
Bonn and is one of the founders of the International Institute for
Socio-Informatics (IISI). At the time being he is working as a Research
Associate at Institute for Information Systems at the University of
Siegen. Moreover he is editor of the political science journal on New
Social Movements and of the International Reports on Socio-Informatics
(IRSI). Since 1991 his research focuses on the design of network
systems, on virtual organizations, and on "integrated organization and
technology development". Since 1994 he is working as a consultant for
medium-sized enterprises and for nonprofit-organizations. His main
research interests are CSCW/CSCL, HCI, organization development,
non-governmental organizations and (new) social movements.

Charles Steinfield is a Professor of Telecommunication, Information
Studies, and Media at Michigan State University. His research and
teaching focuses on the role of information and communication
technologies in organizational settings, including specific interests in
Computer Supported Cooperative Work, electronic commerce, and
communities and ICTs. He has been a visiting researcher at the Institut
National des Télécommunications, Delft University of Technology, the
Telematica Instituut, and Roskilde University, and was a member of
technical staff at Bellcore. He is organizing the Third International
Conference on Communities and Technologies, and has written extensively
about the intersection between e-commerce, ICT infrastructures, and
geographically defined business clusters.

Volker Wulf is Professor of Information Systems at the University of
Siegen and a senior researcher at Fraunhofer Institute of Applied
Information Technology (FhG-FIT). Moreover, he heads the International
Institute for Socio-Informatics (IISI), Bonn. He studied computer
science and business administration at the RWTH Aachen and the
University of Paris VI, got a PhD at the University of Dortmund and a
Habilitation Degree in computer science at the University of Hamburg. In
2002, he spent six month as a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. He published more than 170
papers and 9 books. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of
Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Information Systems, Human Computer
Interaction, Participatory Design, Computer Supported Cooperative
Learning, Knowledge Management, and Organizational Computing.

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