First international workshop on „Mobile Cooperation: Towards mobile, flexible and ubiquitous cooperation processes (Mobile CSCW)“ at COOP 2012, Marseille, France, 29 May – 1 June 2012

Date: 29 May 2012
The extended call for papers can be found here:
Extended Information on the Workshop


Michael Prilla; University of Bochum, Germany
Carsten Ritterskamp; adesso AG, Germany

Workshop Content

The prevalence and maturity of today’s mobile technologies allow for a mobilization of cooperative work on a large scale. While there is a plethora of technologies offering mobile cooperation support in the field, there still is a need for a methodological reflection on the mobilization of cooperative processes. The field of CSCW needs to develop a framework for the analysis and practical design of mobile cooperation – the full day workshop on Mobile CSCW at COOP 2012 is intended to be a starting point for this endeavor.

Intending to develop a conception of Mobile CSCW that is applicable both for business an research, we will address three pivotal questions from a joint perspective of research and practice:

  1. When and how can processes of cooperation be mobilized adequately?
  2. which opportunities and barriers arise from current findings and technologies for mobile cooperation support?
  3. How does cooperation change through mobile access to cooperation support and how does mobility shape new technologies for cooperation?

Aiming at knowledge exchange and co-production, the workshop invites both researchers and practitioners and incorporates presentations of participants‘ work and interactive sessions.

The workshop is held in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (COOP 2012).


The workshop welcomes different kind of contributions, including the description of case studies and other empirical work on mobile cooperation support, position papers e.g. describing future research and practical experiences with mobile cooperation support. Although we strongly encourage partners or tandems from research and practice (just as the organizers) to present their work of implementing mobile CSCW in real contexts, researchers and practitioners without a partner present are also cordially invited to contribute their work.

Topics of the workshop include but are not restricted to the following:

Studies on mobile cooperation processes:

  • Analysis of cooperation processes and their (potential for) mobility
  • Mobile work and its affordances
  • Mobility of cooperation processes and their parts
  • Communication in mobile cooperation
  • Advantages and disadvantages of mobile and mobilization of cooperation

Experiences with mobile technologies for cooperation support:

  • Adoption and adaption of mobile technology in cooperation
  • (Positive and negative) Effects of mobile technology on communication and cooperation
  • Integration of mobile devices into existing IT and process infrastructures
  • Usage patterns of mobile cooperation support, including personalization

Theories, frameworks and design approaches supporting mobile cooperation support:

  • Constraints, needs and benefits of mobile cooperation
  • Mappings between technology and mobile needs
  • Insights into the way (mobile) technologies change (mobile) cooperation
  • Design of mobile cooperation processes and technologies
  • Modeling of mobile business processes – patterns and procedures to depict mobility, its opportunities and to conduct the necessary steps of transformation+.


We will accept contributions in two different formats:

  • Short papers such as reports of best practices or position papers which may not exceed 3 pages.
  • Long papers of such as reports of empirical studies or research in progress which may not exceed 6 pages.

All contributions have to be formatted according to the COOP formatting instructions and must be submitted in PDF format via eMail to the organizers.

Author kits and paper templates are available at the COOP 2012 website.

Important Dates

02.04. Abstract submission
09.04. Full Paper Submission
23.04. Acceptance notification

Program committee

Michael Prilla, University of Bochum, Germany
Carsten Ritterskamp, adesso AG, Germany
Volker Gruhn, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Thomas Herrmann, University of Bochum, Germany


The 10th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (COOP 2012) will be held in Marseille, France from 29 May to 1 June 2012.

COOP 2012 will be the tenth COOP conference and twenty years on from the first conference in 1992 we are asking practitioners to reflect on what have been the successes and the failures, and what are the remaining challenges in our relevant domains. The conference aims at bringing together researchers who contribute to the analysis and design of cooperative systems and their integration in organizational unity, public and other settings, and their implications for policy and decision-making.

The COOP conferences suggest that cooperative systems design requires deep understanding of collective activities, involving both artifacts and social practices. Contributions are solicited from a wide range of domains contributing to the fields of cooperative systems design and evaluation: CSCW, HCI, Information Systems, Knowledge Engineering, Multi-agents, organizational and management sciences, sociology, psychology, anthropology, ergonomics, linguistics, etc.