Don’t be evil. Technologies of organization and entrepreneurship

European Summer Academy, May 24–29, 2020, Berlin

The ubiquity of digital technologies and the ‘datafication’ of everyday life correspond to new organizational processes and forms. Human enterprise and organizational practices of all kinds are mediated by pervasive computing, by its codes, devices and infrastructures. The future of organizations and even societies, or so it is claimed time and again, would depend on becoming fit for the ‘digital age’, on grooming ‘digital entrepreneurship’ and on embracing new technologies in organizing work and life. Yet the very organizational forces unleashed by these technologies, and by the organizations behind them, provoke a whole range of concerns and critiques, from ‘surveillance capitalism’ to ‘digital Taylorism’. More than ever, then, organization and entrepreneurship are shaped by images and practices of technological connectivity. And technologies of organization and entrepreneurship are never neutral: they condition relations of power and control, disruption and emancipation.

This year’s summer academy is dedicated to these intimate relations of technological media, organization and entrepreneurship. We will explore, interrogate and reflect how digital technologies change the way we organize and the way we are organized. To do so, the summer academy will focus on historical trajectories, take a close look at today’s entrepreneurial and organizational contexts of algorithmic management as well as platform and surveillance economies, and ponder the question of alternative forms of socio-technical organizing. 

Participating students will come from five different European universities and business schools (Copenhagen, Lüneburg, Paris, St.Gallen and Venice). Lecturers will introduce their perspectives from the fields of sociology, philosophy, psychology, management studies and media history. These diverse backgrounds allow us to use multiple perspectives to make sense of the dynamics and consequences of digital technologies for understanding and practicing the work of organizing and entrepreneuring. 

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