Wissenschaftler*innen im Gespräch: Silke Meyer und Leonhard Dobusch

Am 6. Februar 2020 darf ich ab 18 Uhr mit Kollegin Silke Meyer vom vom Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie der Universität Innsbruck im Rahmen der Reihe “Schönheit vor Weisheit” im Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (Museumstraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck) diskutieren. Aus der Ankündigung der Veranstaltung:

Ende September wurde die Sonderausstellung „Schönheit vor Weisheit. Das Wissen der Kunst und die Kunst der Wissenschaft“ anlässlich des 350-jährigen Jubiläums der Universität Innsbruck in Kooperation mit den Tiroler Landesmuseen eröffnet. Die Ausstellung wird von einem umfassenden Rahmenprogramm begleitet. Ein besonderes Highlight ist die Reihe „WissenschaftlerInnen im Gespräch“. Markus Sommersacher führt mit zwei WissenschaftlerInnen in lockerer Atmosphäre ein Gespräch über Werdegang, Motivation und mögliche Parallelen bzw. Gegensätze in ihren unterschiedlichen Forschungsdisziplinen.

Die Gespräche werden mitgeschnitten und sind hier online zum Nachhören verfügbar.

Ephemera Special Issue on “The Ethico-Politics of Whistleblowing”

Together with Bernadette Loacker (Lancester University) and Randi Heinrichs (Lüneburg) I co-edited and ephemera special Issue (PDF) on truth-telling and whistleblowing in digital cultures. The issue opens a space for discussing the specific ‘conditions of possibility’ of truth-telling and the multiple technologies, which mediate it in contemporary digital cultures.

The notion of the ethico-politics of whistleblowing is introduced to address the irreducible entanglement of questions of ethics, politics and truth in the practice of ‘speaking out’. The special issue brings together a set of papers, acknowledging that forms and mediations of truth-telling are complex and contested. The contributions discuss questions such as: Who is, in digital cultures, considered to be qualified to speak out, and about what? Under which conditions, and with what consequences can ‘the truth’ be told? How do digital infrastructures regulate the truth, and the process of making it heard? How is the figure of the whistleblower constructed, and how do whistleblowers constitute themselves as political and ethical subjects, willing to take risks and pose a challenge, to others and themselves?

Check out the full text of the Special Issue at ephemera.

4th Annual OS ConJunction Day

Last Friday, the 4th OS ConJunction Students and Alumni Day took place at the Kaiser Leopold Saal at the University of Innsbruck. The theme for this year’s event was “Organizing Creativity and the Creativity of Organizing”.

After an introduction by Richard Weiskopf and Leonhard Dobusch, Birthe Soppe gave a talk on “How organizations make creativity valuable”. She provided insights from her empirical research on game development in the creative industry. She raised the topic of competing logics of market and creativity. This topic was revisited in a lively panel discussion, with five invited panelists, moderated by Katharina Zangerle.

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Gender Lecture zu “Offenheit als Organisationsprinzip: Offen für Diversität oder Exklusion durch Offenheit?”

Kommenden Dienstag, 3. Dezember 2020, habe ich die große Ehre die 60. Innsbrucker Gender Lecture bestreiten zu dürfen (PDF des Plakats). Im Seminarraum VI (Theologie), Karl-Rahner-Platz 3/1. Stock, Raum-Nr. 102 wird es dabei um das Thema “Offenheit als Organisationsprinzip: Offen für Diversität oder Exklusion durch Offenheit?” gehen. Hier der Abstract:

Organisationale Offenheit, unterstützt durch digitale Technologien, erfreut sich in immer mehr Feldern wachsender Beliebtheit. Nicht nur im Bereich unternehmerischer F&E („Open Innovation“) sondern auch zur Strategiefindung („Open Strategy“), im öffentlichen Sektor („Open Government“) oder in der Wis- senschaft („Open Science“) wird mit einem Mehr an Offenheit das Versprechen von erhöhter Transparenz und Inklusion verbunden. Gleichzeitig zeigen Untersuchungen von radikal offenen Organisationsformen wie der freien Online-Enzyklopädie Wikipedia, dass Offenheit keineswegs automatisch mit mehr Diversität einhergeht. Vielmehr stellt sich die Frage, inwieweit bestimmte Formen von Offenheit sogar bestimmte Gruppen von Menschen besonders exkludieren.

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“Warum sich Bloggen lohnt” bei der Langen Nacht des Schreibens

Am 20. November 2019 lud die Bibliothek der Universität Innsbruck bereits zum zweiten Mal in diesem Jahr zur “Langen Nacht des Schreibens”. Ich durfte dabei einen Vortrag halten zum Thema “Warum sich Bloggen lohnt” – für WissenschaftlerInnen genauso wie für Studierende, zum Beispiel anlässlich ihrer Bachelor- oder Masterarbeit.

Angesichts des Themas ist es natürlich eine Selbstverständlichkeit, zumindest die Slides ebenfalls zu verbloggen und damit dem Titel des Vortrags auch praktisch zu entsprechen.

Call for papers: 2020 EGOS Colloquium on Sustainability Transitions: Bridging Systems and Organizational Perspectives to Tackle Grand Challenges

Together with my colleagues Taran Thune (University of Oslo) and Jochen Markard ( ETH Zurich), I am convening a track on “Sustainability Transitions: Bridging Systems and Organizational Perspectives to Tackle Grand Challenges” on the forthcoming EGOS Colloquium in Hamburg in July 2020.  

Introduction to the theme

We live in a world facing a variety of grand challenges connected to environmental and societal sustainability, including food, water and energy security, climate change, natural disasters, poverty and inequality. How societies and organizations deal with such challenges, and commit to developing more sustainable futures, while discontinuing unsustainable businesses and practices is a key concern and research topic (Ferraro et al., 2015; Geels et al., 2017; George et al., 2016; Markard et al., 2012).
 
This sub-theme will bring together scholars who study grand sustainability challenges and transformation from different perspectives, including systems and organizations. We are particularly interested in contributions that explore new approaches, perspectives, and methods.

Read more on egosnet.org

 

Deadline

 Deadline for submission of short papers:

  • Tuesday January 14, 2020, 23:59 Central European Time (CET) 

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions! 

New Article in Organization Studies: »From Universalizing Transparency to the Interplay of Transparency Matrices«

On 26 October 2015, BBC News published an article entitled China ‘social credit’: Beijing sets up huge system. It describes how the Chinese government is building an ‘omnipotent “social credit” system that is meant to rate each citizen’s trustworthiness’. Warnings about the advent of ‘digital dictatorship’ and phrases like ‘Big Data meets Big Brother’ have proliferated in research and Western public media ever since, and they reflect a rapidly growing focus on the contemporary global process whereby power and control become entwined with digitalization and result in new and often concerning forms of transparency.

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Panel »Wege zur digitalen Souveranität« bei den Medientagen München 2019

Am Panel bei den #MTM19 mit Mackenzie Nelson (Algorithm Watch), Stefan Primbs (Bayrischer Rundfunk), Jan-Hendrik Passoth (TU München), Annika Sehl (Universität der Bundeswehr München) und Moderatorin Pauline Tillmann (Deine Korrespondentin); (Foto: Medientage München)

Im Rahmen der Medientage München 2019 durfte ich an einem spannenden Panel zum Thema “Wege zur digitalen Souveranität: Gemeinwohlorientierte Plattformen und offene Infrastrukturen” mitwirken. Ein Video der Diskussion ist mittlerweile bei YouTube verfügbar.

Einige Punkte, die mir wichtig waren, kurz zusammengefasst:

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Program of the 4th OS ConJunction Day: »Organizing Creativity and the Creativity of Organizing«

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It’s that time of the year again. The winter semester just started, the trees are turning from green to yellow, and, most importantly, the annual OS ConJunction Day is coming up! This year, it’s all about creativity and organizing. How is creativity organized? What role does creativity play in organizations? How do organizations make creativity valuable? These and many more questions will be explored in talks and a panel discussion. After the formal part, we look forward to nice conversations over food and drinks at Brennpunkt Coffee Competence.

Date:

November 29th 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Kaiser Leopold Saal, Faculty of Theology

Karl-Rahner-Platz 3, 6020 Innsbruck

Program:

3:00 p.m. Meet and Greet

3:15 p.m. Welcome

Prof. Leonhard Dobusch & Prof. Richard Weiskopf

3:30 p.m. Research 1: How organizations make creativity valuable

Prof. Birthe Soppe

4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Creativity at work

5:00 p.m. Coffee break

5:30 p.m. Research 2: How creativity is organized

Prof. Elke Schüssler, University of Linz

6:00 p.m. Crossing Genealogies

                  Graduation speech and welcoming fresh(wo)men

6:30 p.m. Concluding Thoughts

7:00 p.m. Eat and Meet

                 Food, drinks, and conversation at Brennpunkt Coffee Competence

 

We kindly ask you to register for the OS ConJunction Day before November 15th 2019 under the following link. We are looking forward to your participation and hope to welcome many of you!

New Article: Predatory Publishing in Management Research: A Call for Open Peer Review

Inspired by a blog post about the dangers of predatory publishing and open peer review as a potential response, Maximilian Heimstädt and I decided to dig deeper into the issue. Specifically, we were able to get access to some data on (potentially) predatory journals in organization and management studies. Based upon the analysis of this data we developed some initial ideas – provocations for debate – regarding the potentials of open peer review for our own discipline. The article has now been published in the journal Management Learning:

Predatory journals have emerged as an unintended consequence of the Open Access paradigm. Predatory journals only supposedly or very superficially conduct peer review and accept manuscripts within days to skim off publication fees. In this provocation piece, we first explain how predatory journals exploit deficiencies of the traditional peer review process in times of Open Access publishing. We then explain two ways in which predatory journals may harm the management discipline: as an infrastructure for the dissemination of pseudo-science and as a vehicle to portray management research as pseudo-scientific. Analyzing data from a journal blacklist, we show that without the ability to validate their claims to conduct peer review, most of the 639 predatory management journals are quite difficult to demarcate from serious journals. To address this problem, we propose open peer review as a new governance mechanism for management journals. By making parts of their peer review process more transparent and inclusive, reputable journals can differentiate themselves from predatory journals and additionally contribute to a more developmental reviewing culture. Eventually, we discuss ways in which editors, reviewers, and authors can advocate reform of peer review.

The article is available as an open access full text.