Digital Transformation Research Community Online Guest Lecture

Digital Organizing by Ursula Plesner and Emil Husted from Copenhagen Business School.

Speakers: Ursula Plesner and Emil Husted, Copenhagen Business School Date: 17th June 2020 Time: 17:00 to 18:00 (UK Time) Joining instructions: A Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link will be sent once you register via Eventbrite

The story of human development is inextricably linked to the story of technology. From the beginning of time, the core technologies of the day shaped how humans went about their everyday activities, how work was organised. In ancient times the day of the hunter-gatherer gave way to agricultural technology. Around 1100 AD, the deep plough in Northern Europe planted seed deeper such that surplus crops became possible and the seeds of capitalism took root. We also saw the emergence of labour markets and exchange markets slowly alter the way in which society was organised. The steam engine similarly caused many changes in the way society organised itself to take advantage of productivity gains. Now we are in a similar epoch, the age of digitalisation.

Many books discuss either the sociological or technological aspects of how digital technology shapes the way work gets done and how value is monetised. Few books combine these as unfolding progressions and from the perspective of organizations. This book helps us to understand how organizations are adapting and changing, but also to how many organizational phenomena remain surprisingly unchanged.

We will hear the authors, Ursula Plesner and Emil Husted from Copenhagen Business School, explain how theories of organisation are challenged by new empirical phenomena relating to digitalization, but also how classical theories of organization are still important. What is more, they also move beyond the narrative that sees both the social and technical as separated entities that interact. Plesner and Husted bring our attention to ‘sociomaterialism’ and Wanda Orlikowski’s view of the social and technological being “…constitutively entangled in everyday life”.

This easy to read book cites key management authors interested in Organisation Studies, and positions the digitalization agenda with respect to previous theories.

This is a ‘must attend’ lecture for business leaders, management scholars, business architects, business analysts, researchers and students. By understanding how digitalization is a thoroughly organizational phenomenon, we can begin to see possible organizational solutions to technological challenges in the future.. Organiser: Dr Roy Woodhead (email: r.m.woodhead@shu.ac.uk)

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