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Exploring the dark and unexpected sides of digitalization: Toward a critical agenda


Trittin-Ulbrich, Hannah; Scherer, Andreas Georg; Munro, Iain; Whelan, Glen (2021). Exploring the dark and unexpected sides of digitalization: Toward a critical agenda. Organization, 28(1):8-25.

Abstract

Digitalization has far-reaching implications for individuals, organizations, and society. While extant management and organization studies mainly focus on the positive aspects of this development, the dark and potentially unexpected sides of digitalization for organizations and organizing have received less scholarly attention. This special issue extends this emerging debate. Drawing on empirical material of platform corporations, social movements, and traditional corporations,
eight articles illuminate the various negative implications of the digitalization of work and
organization processes, particularly for workers, employees, and activists. In this introduction,we contextualize these valuable contributions that underline the dangers of the ubiquity andsimultaneity of digitalization and begin to sketch out potential avenues toward a comprehensivecritical agenda of digitalization in organization studies.

Abstract

Digitalization has far-reaching implications for individuals, organizations, and society. While extant management and organization studies mainly focus on the positive aspects of this development, the dark and potentially unexpected sides of digitalization for organizations and organizing have received less scholarly attention. This special issue extends this emerging debate. Drawing on empirical material of platform corporations, social movements, and traditional corporations,
eight articles illuminate the various negative implications of the digitalization of work and
organization processes, particularly for workers, employees, and activists. In this introduction,we contextualize these valuable contributions that underline the dangers of the ubiquity andsimultaneity of digitalization and begin to sketch out potential avenues toward a comprehensivecritical agenda of digitalization in organization studies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Business, Management and Accounting
Social Sciences & Humanities > Strategy and Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Management of Technology and Innovation
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Date:1 January 2021
Deposited On:27 Nov 2020 07:06
Last Modified:23 Apr 2024 01:47
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1350-5084
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508420968184
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:20068
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)