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The performative character of studying digitalization in organizations 
Stefanie Raible (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
Martin Schwab (University of Arts Linz)
Uli Meyer (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
René Werner (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
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Combined Format Open Panel
Wednesday 17 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Amsterdam
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Short Abstract:

This panel explores how social scientists and interdisciplinary research teams studying digitalization in organizations shape the field's understanding through empirical and epistemic work, interaction with organizational members and the usage of specific notions, methods or technologies.

Long Abstract:

How do we as social scientists or interdisciplinary research teams (e.g. STS scholars, artists, designers or technologists) studying digitalization in organizations shape the understanding of digitalization in the field through our own empirical and epistemic work and interaction with organizational members? What are the consequences or effects if we deliver certain notions of digitalization while debunking others? How do our participatory, co-creating or collaborative research methods (e.g. workshops, experimental or research-led development and implementation of digital methods and tools) create (un)wanted or (un)intentional effects? We conceive ‘digitalization’ or ‘digital transformation’ as an umbrella term for numerous forms of socio-technical transformations taking place in organizations.

With this panel we refer to a long and established discourse in STS, because it is a common practice to reflect on our roles as researchers within a field. Now, we want to focus on those effects on digital transformation within organizations. We consider organizations to be specific social contexts that must be taken seriously if we want to understand (or shape) durable transformations affected by our very own research practices.

We want to elaborate the numerous dimensions and facets of effecting digital transformation in organizations while doing research on it. So, we want to engage participants to reflect on dimensions like e.g. :

The setting of research

The role of scientists

The spectrum of (un)intended consequences

The spectrum of (un)wanted consequences

The kind of effect

We especially encourage interdisciplinary research teams from arts, design and technology, who use participatory methods and/or digital technologies within their work to contribute.

Possible formats are:

traditional paper presentations

insights to academic reflections (e.g. essays)

experimental graphical or multimedia engagements(e.g. reflective and discussion-stimulating visual or audiovisual contributions)

workshops on methods, criteria and approaches for ordering and evaluating (possible) effects and consequences

participatory experiments with guided and moderated dialogues or discussions

Accepted contributions:

Session 1 Wednesday 17 July, 2024, -