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RMU's New Convergence Conference Examines Intersection of Communication, Information Systems

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University will host a research conference Friday, Nov. 18, examining the intersection of communication and information systems in organizations and academia at the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport in Moon Township. The conference, "Playing in the Intersection: Revisiting the 'New Convergence,'" is sponsored by the university's doctoral program in information systems and communication (D.Sc.) and its Alumni Research Group.

The conference takes its name from the seminal 1988 article by the late sociologist James R. Beninger, "Information and Communication: The New Convergence" which demonstrated that researchers in information systems and communication were "largely oblivious to the growing convergence of interest on theories of information structures and processing, communication, and control in virtually every other discipline." That convergence is at the heart of Robert Morris's D.Sc. program and of supreme interest to the faculty who founded it.

The conference runs from noon to 5 p.m. and features a keynote talk by Fred Kohun, founder of the D.Sc. program and university professor of computer and information systems, titled "Bounded Rationality and Satisficing as Convergence." RMU President Gregory G. Dell'Omo has contributed $500 for two best-of-conference awards.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.