Drei Fragen in drei Minuten: Video zur Entstehung von Blasen im Immobilienbereich

Zu dem im Juni in der Zeitschrift “Accounting, Organizations and Society” erschienen Beitrag über finanzialisierte Geschäftsmodelle in der Immobilienbranche ist jetzt auch auf der Webseite der Universität Innsbruck ein Beitrag erschienen: “Immobilien: Vom Entstehen der Blase“.

In diesem Kontext durfte ich auch in einem kurzen Interview die Kernerkenntnisse und Ableitungen des Beitrags in Videoform zusammenfassen. Entscheidend für Regulierung ist der Fokus auf Gebühren, kurz: Follow the fees!

Quelle und Link zum Beitrag, um den es geht: Botzem, S., & Dobusch, L. (2017). Financialization as strategy: Accounting for inter-organizational value creation in the European real estate industry. Accounting, Organizations and Society, im Druck.

Looking back on the 33rd EGOS Colloquium on »The Good Organization«

EGOS is the acronym of “European Group of Organization Studies” and its annual Colloquium is definitely one of the highlights for organization studies scholars across disciplines. This year the 33rd EGOS Colloquium entitled “The Good Organization: Aspirations – Interventions – Struggles” took place at Copenhagen Business School. Several scholars from University of Innsbruck’s school of management presented papers, which are available from the authors upon request: Continue reading “Looking back on the 33rd EGOS Colloquium on »The Good Organization«”

The Simulacrum of Massive Open Online Courses representing Open Educational Resources

This research essay is authored by Isabella Winkler, student in the master program Business Education at Universität Innsbruck and participant in the 2017 edition of the course “Open Organizations and Organizing Openness“.

(Foto: Pete, CC-BY 2.0)

Globalization and digitalization are keywords which characterize today’s society. The process of digitalization and dissemination of data has already found its way into education. It is one of the biggest concerns when talking about modernizations in educational systems (Dobusch & Heimstädt, 2016). One primary goal of recent education is to make knowledge accessible anywhere, anytime and for anyone. As a result education becomes egalitarian and contributes to the public’s welfare. In his educational ideal Humboldt already registered that it is the state’s duty to make knowledge available for everyone even for the poorest (Gaisbauer, Kaperer, Koch & Sedmak, 2013). Going one step further beyond open access for everybody the UNESCO has come up with the conception of Open Educational Resources (OER). “OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others.” (Atkins, Brown & Hammond, 2007, p. 4).

What also came along with this Open Education Movement were Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the segment of higher education. Since 2008 these educational opportunities offered by universities and commercial organizations have shaped the educational infrastructure. The number of MOOCs has rapidly grown in the last ten years because educational institutions have to fulfill the needs of potential students and to meet the requirements of the fast changing educational market towards learner-centered and individualized learning methods. MOOCs are online courses which provide each person free access to university level education without paying a fee and without the need to fulfill certain admission requirements (Yuan & Powell, 2013). Though, at this point it raises the question: To what extent does the ‘Open’ in Massive Open Online Courses correspond to the ‘Open’ in Open Educational Resources or do MOOCs not overcome the hurdle of providing only Open Access instead of Open Education? Continue reading “The Simulacrum of Massive Open Online Courses representing Open Educational Resources”

New Publication: »Financialization as Strategy« in Accounting, Organizations and Society

Business process and inter-organizational relations of the IMMOFIRM Group.

The paper “Financialization as strategy: Accounting for inter-organizational value creation in the European real estate industry”, co-authored with Sebastian Botzem and published in Accounting, Organizations and Society, investigates an in-depth case study of a European real estate firm and its financialized business model. The key findings of our study can be summarized as follows (German version): Continue reading “New Publication: »Financialization as Strategy« in Accounting, Organizations and Society”

Save the Date for the second Organization Studies ConJunction Students and Alumni Day on Friday, November 24th 2017

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(Picture: Martin Grandjean, CC BY-SA 3.0)

This day is an opportunity to connect with current and former fellow students of OS, to share experiences, to gain new and interesting insights into on- and off-campus OS-topics and mainly, to spend a good time together in a relaxed atmosphere.

Further information about the event’s content will follow soon, more information can be found at the Organization Studies Innsbruck Alumni Portal.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

New Publication: »Openwashing: A Decoupling Perspective on Organizational Transparency«

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In my PhD project (supervised by Leonhard Dobusch) I studied the institutionalization of Open Data in and around the city administrations of Berlin, London and New York City.  One of the questions I tried to answer was how organizations balance a public demand for information sharing with their inherent preference for informational control. My answers have now been published in an article entitled “Openwashing: A decoupling perspective on organizational transparency” in Technological Forecasting and Social Change as part of a Special Issue on the Sharing Economy (edited by Aurélien Acquier, Thibault Daudigeos and Jonatan Pinkse). The abstract reads as follows: Continue reading “New Publication: »Openwashing: A Decoupling Perspective on Organizational Transparency«”