Call for Papers – Special Issue on Big Data and Organization Design

Call for Papers – Special Issue on Big Data and Organization Design


Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Dolly Mastrangelo, Independent IT consultant

Professor Richard Burton, Duke University

Professor Fabrizio Salvador, IE Business School, MIT-Zaragoza


In collaboration with the World Summit on Big Data and Organization Design that will be held in Paris, May 16-17, 2013 and co-hosted by the University of Sorbonne, IBM, ICOA (Aarhus University), and the Organizational Design Community, the Journal of Organization Design is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Big Data and Organization Design.

Preference will be given to appropriate manuscripts related to the World Summit on Big Data and Organization Design. Relevant topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What are the implications of Big Data for skills in IT, business, project and change management, and communications, including program design for universities, government and industry?
  • How do we go beyond Big Data for transactions and control to developing organizations that explore new possibilities in the application of Big Data for business development?
  • How do we overcome the challenges and limits of Big Data in terms of accuracy, reliability, messiness and meaning as well as the cognition of the user?
  • How does Big Data enhance organizational communications, commitment and identity?
  • What are the organizational design strategies for roles and responsibilities of people for Big Data to enhance the competitive advantage of universities, government and industry?
  • What are the factors influencing the dynamic equilibrium between individual privacy and rights, corporate benefits, institutional framework and government regulation around the world to protect privacy, the law and ethics, and avoid abuse of power?
  • What organizational theories can we test and refine using Big Data? How can we use Big Data as a complement to increased conceptual clarity in the field of organization design (e.g., better operationalization, more fine-grained analyses)?
  • Where does Big Data live in relation to organizations? Do organizations have to own Big Data? Do we need an "open data" solution analogous to open science? How has Big Data been empowering organizations to change, and what role can academia play in collaboration with industry and government in the design (and study) of the organization of the future?

Journal of Organization Design publishes five types of articles: research, translational, urgent issue, point of view, and case studies. Papers in all categories will be considered for the special issue.

Extended Deadline for submission: October 15, 2013 using the JOD submission system at

More information about the World Summit on Big Data and Organization Design can be found at:

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