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Posted: 24 January 2006

UCD School of Business lecturer and former Newman Scholar, Dr Séamas Kelly wins ‘Best Paper Award’ at International Conference on Information Systems

Dr Séamas Kelly a lecturer in the UCD School of Business won the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the recent International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Las Vegas.

Dr. Seamas Kelly
Dr. Seamas Kelly

ICIS is the premier information systems global conference. This year, ICIS received an all-time record number of submissions including 589 papers and 16 panels. The rate of acceptance was 12.5% - a very low acceptance rate for a conference. Full papers were evaluated by 3 reviewers and an associate editor. And subsequent revisions were further reviewed by associate editors and track chairs.

Dr Kelly’s paper titled “New Frontiers in the Theorisation of ICT-mediated Interaction? Exploring the Implications of a Situated Learning Epistemology,” problematises conventional approaches to understanding the relationship between information, IT and processes of social organisation, arguing that they are based on overly ‘intellectualist’ assumptions about the nature of knowledge and learning. Drawing on more recent praxiological perspectives on knowledge and organisation, the paper attempts to theorise ICT-mediated interaction in a novel manner, emphasising its embodied and social character. The paper argues that such an ‘epistemic shift’ has important implications for understanding key aspects of contemporary social, economic, and organisational life.

Describing Dr Kelly’s paper one judge said “it’s an innovative piece of work that sets new challenges for the field.” And according to an associate editor “… this paper can make a significant contribution to the literature, counter-balancing traditional views of knowledge and IT/IS”

Dr Kelly has been a lecturer in the UCD School of Business in the area of MIS since 2000. Prior to this he spent three years in UCD as a Newman Scholar. He holds a BE degree from UCC and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

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