Globally Distributed Work


Second International Conference on Management of Globally Distributed Work, Bangalore, India, 25-27 Jul 2007; Deadline 22 Jan

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Second International Conference on Management of Globally Distributed Work

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India

July 25-27, 2007


The last two decades have witnessed a significant dispersion of work across the globe, establishing globalization as an irreversible business trend. Overcoming the problems of distance, time and culture, modern firms today are relentlessly capitalizing on global work in their quest for attaining superior business value. Undoubtedly, as the business trends clearly suggest, globally distributed work has emerged as a business necessity for today’s firms. While the phenomenon of globally distributed work has been a subject of attention for both the scholars and the business community for some time now, there is much to be understood in terms of the phenomenon and its various nuances from a multi-dimensional perspective.

Globally Distributed Work (GDW) is an exciting emerging area of modern business practice addressing management of work distributed geographically across nations, economies, and cultures. The concept of GDW includes globally distributed knowledge work, including offshore and near-shore R&D and IT Services, global software development, business process and knowledge process outsourcing, and global supply and demand chains. It includes both outsourced work as well as work distributed to and conducted at MNC-owned or partnered companies and work-units at various sites around the globe.

As a concept-rich and potentially rewarding domain for empirical research and theory building, management of Globally Distributed Work is attracting increasing attention. However, given the complexities of researching this topic, there is a need to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse domains of interest to help develop frameworks for analysis and document theories and practices that have the potential to advance the managemen of GDW.                                                                                                         

Following on the first international conference that was held in Bangalore in December 2005, the Second International Conference on Management of Globally Distributed Work will provide an international forum for discussing various aspects related to GDW, and stimulate and bring together a multi-disciplinary community of researchers and practitioners (including a practitioners’ track and practitioner-led panel discussions) in the topic of GDW. In keeping with the theme of the conference, submissions and panels that link globally distributed work to business competitiveness – both positively and negatively – are particularly encouraged.  Broad topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic and transformational drivers for global distribution of work
  • Models and patterns for global work distribution and organization
  • Governance structures for managing globally distributed work
  • Coordination and control of globally distributed work
  • Enabling processes, structures, and technologies for GDW
  • Knowledge transfer and sharing across GDW sites
  • Knowledge creation and integration across globally distributed work sites
  • Metrics for assessing the success of globally distributed work
  • Role and importance of standardization in GDW
  • Virtual and multi-cultural teams in globally distributed work sites
  • ICT infrastructure support for globally distributed work
  • Issue of cultural differences in global work
  • Human resource management challenges in GDW
  • Managing risk in globally distributed work
  • Entrepreneurship and GDW
  • Innovation and GDW
  • Global innovation management
  • Role of leadership in GDW
  • Theoretical, ideological, and social perspectives on GDW
  • Methodological perspectives to study of globally distributed work
  • Regulatory and legal issues (including intellectual property related issues) in globally distributed work
  • Impact of global work on local societies and economies
  • Relationship between globally distributed work and geo-politics
  • Corporate governance in globally distributed world

Papers and proposals for panels are invited on the above and related topics. Interested colleagues are encouraged to write to the conference program committee co-chairs, Deependra Moitra (, Mary Teagarden ( or Mary Ann Von Glinow ( with their proposals and inquiries. The best conference papers will be considered for a leading journal’s special issue on Management of Globally Distributed Work.

Submission Instructions:

  • Research Papers: Full papers not exceeding 7000 words, double spaced, and in Times New Roman font size 12, should be submitted in PDF format by the due date specified.
  • Panels: Proposals for panel sessions relevant to the theme of the conference are invited. Proposals should include a topic description, names, affiliations and brief biographical sketches of speaker(s) and the intended duration of the session.
  • Practitioner Track: Reports of experiences and case studies from industry are invited for the practitioner track. Contributions not exceeding 5000 words should be submitted in PDF format (double spaced, Times New Roman font size 12).
  • All papers should be submitted electronically at the online submission system which can be accessed via the conference Web site between October 1, 2006 and January 22, 2007.

Important Dates:

Full Papers and Panel Proposal Submission Date: 22 January 2007
Decision Notifications on Paper Submissions: 10 April 2007
Final, Camera Ready Papers Due: 1 May 2007

Registration Fee:

Academic Participants: US $350 | Early Bird Registration: US $300
Corporate Participants: US $450 | Early Bird Registration: US $375
Full-time Students: US $60 (Proof of full-time student status required)

Early Bird Registrations on or before March 31, 2007

The conference registration fee includes conference materials, welcome reception, lunches during the conference days, and a gala conference dinner.

Further Information:     
For further information, please visit the conference Web site at