Between July 4th and 7th, several researchers from our group have presented and discussed their research at the European Group of Organization Studies Conference 2018, in Tallinn. The theme of this year’s conference is Surprise in and around Organizations: Journeys to the Unexpected.
Panopticons, Predictive Policing, Crowdsourcing, and Big Science
The EGOS Conference is nearly always visited by multiple researchers from KIN. This year Ella Hafermalz, Lauren Waardenburg, Dennis van Kampen, Amanda Porter, Hans Berends, and Philipp Tuertscher were there to present their research and engage the audience to understand digital innovation better.
Ella talked about a problematization of the panopticon metaphor. The panopticon metaphor is often used to describe a situation in which employees (in organizational settings) are constantly being monitored, either by manager or through digital means. However, she argues, we may also use the idea of “being exiled” as an alternative root metaphor for thinking about visibility and discipline in contemporary organizations. What if people fear being ignored more than being watched? This can mean that workers use digital technology to become visible (for example using Enterprise Social Media) in the eyes of management, a kind of discipline that is not so well dealt with under the paradigm of surveillance. The idea of exile can potentially better help us understand how workers experience the issue of visibility in contemporary workplaces.
Lauren presented her research on predictive policing: how do police departments and officers cope with using artificial intelligence to predict and prevent crime? What are some of the challenges? To what extent do these technologies actually influence daily police work? These are just some of the questions that she tries to unravel in her research as police departments are increasingly experimenting with the use of new technologies to prevent criminal behaviour.
Amanda discussed how crowdsourcing is used to solve grand challenges. She studied the ‘Our Oceans Challenge‘ crowdsourcing initiative to unravel how the collaboration between different actors unfolds, and how these stakeholders collectively come to an agreement on how to address the formulation of the challenge, and how to identify the “best” solution to the problem.
Max Boisot Award for Jochem Hummel!
One of the highlights of the conference was the award that was handed out to Jochem Hummel, Hans Berends, and Philipp Tuertscher. Since 2013, EGOS hands out the Max Boisot Award for outstanding research that addresses topics in the field of organizational complexity, the strategic management of knowledge, China’s business system, and Big Science. Jochem and his co-authors won the award for their paper on HelixNebula: What do we have in common? Collective action among heterogeneous actors in a meta-organization.
Launching The Standing Working Group on Digital Technology, Media & Organizations
Together with the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), KIN has launched the SWG on Digital Technology, Media & Organizations. This group will provide the possibility to talk about the ways in which new technologies affect the ways in which we organize and work.