UMSI study receives Academy of Management's Best Paper Award

UMSI assistant professor Casey Pierce received the Best Paper award from the Academy of Management (AOM), Organizational Communication & Information Systems (OCIS) Division for her study titled “"Conceptualizing Organizational Policy in Principle and Practice." In addition to being a William H. Newman Award Nominee, the paper will be included in the 2016 Academy of Management Proceedings.

Pierce’s study, which addresses the impact of large-scale changes such as those prompted by the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA), examines how organizations translate federal policies into technology platforms. In particular, the study looks at the way technology and policy artifacts are shaped via communication within organizations.

Pierce also received recognition for her dissertation, including the Redding Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association’s (ICA) Organizational Communication (OC) Division and the Dordick Dissertation Award, runner-up, from the ICA’s Communication & Technology (CAT) Division.

Pierce’s dissertation, titled “Policy as Text and Tech: Exploring the Intersection between Policy and Technology Implementation within a Healthcare Organization,” explores how organizational policies and new IT systems are closely entangled. With a mix of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Pierce defines “policy as text and tech” and focuses on the translation process that brings policy into being.

Posted June 30, 2016