CoCoDigi visited annual AOM meeting in Boston

Our research group was represented at the annual Academy of Management meeting in Boston, MA, in August, as two papers were presented at the conference. The papers were authored by Kaisa Laitinen and Anu Sivunen, and by Jennifer Gibbs, Anu Sivunen, and Ward van Zoonen. Both papers are still in publication process, but some preliminary results were highlighted at the conference.

Kaisa Laitinen and Anu Sivunen discussed different factors behind employees’ information sharing in the presentation of their paper The Motivations and Constraints behind Employees’ Information Sharing on Enterprise Social Media. The goal of this ongoing research is to form a picture of how and why employees share information on enterprise social media platform. Preliminary results indicate that information sharing on enterprise social media is shaped by personal, technological, and organizational dimensions, which play a role in how much and what kind of information employees’ are willing and motivated to share.

Jennifer Gibbs, Anu Sivunen, and Ward van Zoonen presented their paper Managing Tensions in Global Work and Worker Well-Being: The Paradoxical Role of Social Media. The study focuses on global work and the potential pressure to be constantly connected and available via communication technologies. This demand of constant connectivity will likely affect and be affected by employee well-being and engagement, but also by organizational and cultural norms.

These interesting projects continue as the research goes on. Both presentation papers are currently in preparation for journal publications.

79th annual meeting of the Academy of Management was held in August 2019, in Boston (Massachusetts, USA). AOM divides into several divisions depending on discipline and topic of research. CoCoDigi-papers were presented in the Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) -division.

CoCoDigi members receive funding for Media Work 2030 research project

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation has awarded Professor Mikko Villi and research group with a grant of 240 000 euros for the Media Work 2030 research project. The project is a joint effort between the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä and Work Research Centre at Tampere University. From the CoCoDigi research group, Mikko Villi, Anu Sivunen, Minna Markkanen and Salla-Maaria Laaksonen will be working in the project. The project is funded for the years 2019-2021.

Media Work 2030 studies media work and media professionals as actors in the digital media environment. The starting point in the project is that digital disruption is not only a challenge for media organisations but also for individual media workers. The project brings together several research traditions (media and communication studies, social and public policy research, sociology, psychology, and brain research) in a unique, interdisciplinary way.

You can find more details about the project here and get to know the research team more in depth here.

CoCoDigi research group goes to ICA 2019

Our research group has several accepted paper presentations at this year’s ICA (International Communication Association) conference. We are excited to go to Washington DC to talk about our research on communication technology use after hours, enterprise social media, creativity in virtual teams as well as visibility and knowledge brokering in organizations. The following papers will be presented in the Organizational Communication Division of the ICA:

Laitinen, K., Treem, J. W., & Sivunen, A. (2019). Enterprise Social Media and Employees’ Relational Networks: Relational Exploration or Transactional Use?

Markkanen, M. & Villi, M. (2019). Enablers and constraints of creativity: Communication climate and technology-mediated idea sharing in dispersed teams.

Treem, J. W., Laitinen, K., & Sivunen, A. (2019). Can you have a social intranet? Examining multiple design logics in the implementation of information and communication technologies in organizations.

Van Zoonen, W., Sivunen, A. & Rice, R. E. (2019) Communication technology use after hours: Finding comfort in boundary-spanning communication.

In addition, the following papers with a CoCoDigi connection will be presented in other ICA divisions:

Ruotsalainen, J., Villi, M. & Hujanen, J. (2019) Pioneering a future of journalism beyond the private-public divide: Hybridity in textual news practices of entrepreneurial journalism outlets. Journalism Studies Division.

Lindén, C-G., Villi, M., Lehtisaari, K. & Grönlund, M. (2019) Helping Hand? It’s Google’s World of Media and Journalism Now. The Rise of Platforms, ICA post-conference.

Professor Sivunen tells about research group’s projects in JYUnity-web publication

University of Jyväskylä’s web magazine JYUnity published an article about Enterprise Social Media – with an interview of Professor Anu Sivunen.


“What kind of information is shared publicly and within the organisation? The boundaries between work and other areas of life, personal brand or impression management in social media and the tensions created by these are interesting,” Sivunen considers.

Read the article here .

Picture by Sanni Lahtinen