Interface: A common boundary or interconnection between systems, concepts or human beings (Random House Dictionary, 2016). That definition highlights the dual nature of interfaces. Interfaces establish boundaries that differentiate and separate; they mark a space where insiders can jointly define an organization’s mission, develop an organizational identity, and participate in organizational activities. But interfaces also develop connections that facilitate communication, negotiation, and exchange across organizational boundaries.
Interfaces are increasingly relevant to today’s organizations, as information, people, and other resources cross organizational boundaries at unprecedented rates. An employee conversation held around the company water cooler today is likely to appear on social media tomorrow. In the “gig economy,” people may work as employees for only a few short weeks or a handful of quick shifts, moving from one organization to another without fully integrating into any of them. And even when people are in traditional employment relationships with a single organization, mobile phones and Internet capabilities let them psychologically cross the organizational boundary dozens of times a day. As traffic at the interface intensifies, how do we distinguish between insiders and outsiders, and identify who has a legitimate stake in influencing organizational missions, decisions, and activities? Learn more...
|Carol T. Kulik
Vice President & Program Chair
Jacqueline A-M. Coyle-Shapiro
Vice President-Elect & Program Chair-Elect
In just a few months, we will be gathering in Atlanta for the 2017 Meeting of the Academy of Management. We invite you to help us develop an intellectually vibrant program. We look forward to receiving your submission. To ensure that your proposal is submitted correctly and that it will be reviewed for inclusion in the program, please carefully read through all of the guidelines and instructions in the pages that follow. Our advice is to submit early. The submission website is scheduled to open in mid-November and the submission deadline is January 10, 2017. By submitting early, you will create a window that will allow for the possible identification and resolution of any technical issues before the final deadline.
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