World Report

ICOS 2007: International Conference on Organisational Semiotics

By John Connolly

ICOS 2007, which took place Sheffield Hallam University from 24th to 26th July 2007, was the tenth in a series of international events devoted to research in Organisational Semiotics. The main theme of the 2007 conference was Complexity in Organisational and Technological Systems. The organisers were Kecheng Liu, John Connolly and Shaleph O’Neill, who were ably supported by the Conference21 staff at Sheffield Hallam University.

The technical programme included three distinguished keynote speakers — Gary Richmond, Ronald Stamper and Christopher Hookaway. Fifteen regular papers were presented, followed by critical discussions led by a leading discussant on each paper. A poster session offered other researchers to display their work in progress and seek input from the delegates who came not only from the UK and continental Europe but also from places further afield, such as China and Brazil (see the programme details).

A special feature of ICOS 2007 was its co-location with the 15th International Conference on Conceptual Structures, ICCS 2007. This made possible the sharing of keynote speakers, and also facilitated the intermingling of the two communities, not only within the technical programmes of the two conferences, but also in the excellent social programme arranged by Simon Polovina, the General Chair of ICCS 2007, and his colleagues. The result was a memorable and rewarding event.

The Organisational Semiotics community is now looking forward to its next major event — the 11th International conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations, which is due to take placed at Beijing University of Technology. The colleagues in the Organisational Semiotics community and the conference organiser look forward to welcoming you in Beijing in April 2009. Please see for details.