Course Schedule


Digital Platforms (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Carolina Dalla Chiesa

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 04.04.2022 - 08.07.2022 | C 12.111 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Attention: this course is held in-person only. Studying forms and processes of social organization is key to an understanding of contemporary digital cultures, their structures, and the emergence of new intermediaries. The course “Digital Platforms: forms of online cultural production” is dedicated to understanding the various facets of the contemporary digital economy for independent creators, cultural creators, and the development of digital cultures. Theoretical approaches derive from organization and media studies, economic sociology, and cultural-theoretical perspectives that support current developments in the study of the so-called "platform economy". First part: The course will start with general conceptualizations about what the platform economy entails, examples, historical development, types of intermediaries, forms of cultural production, and organizations emerging out of the digital economy. Second part: Furthermore, the course will address specific themes and cases from an interdisciplinary perspective based on group-work: a) cases from the cultural sectors; b) funding and patronage; c) labor and gig work; d) streaming model; e) new intermediaries and gatekeepers. The course will address the transformations taking place within traditional and non-traditional organizational forms as well as the perspective of the individual often highlighted in current academic debates. The students will be able to contrast mainstream and critical perspectives based on concrete examples as a way to develop their analytical capabilities and reflect upon digital culture, platforms, and contemporary forms of organization in a multifaceted manner. The structure of the course is a seminar-based style, based on articles and chapters both theoretical and case-based examples analyzed by students. Students are expected to engage in reading, group dialogues, group discussions and actively respond to inquiries posed in class. Students are expected to previously read the materials indicated to each seminar and guide their reflections based on a set of questions previously shared by the lecturer. These will help guide the seminars in a constructive manner. After a series of seminars conducted by the teacher, students will be guided to produce a group work presentation where a specific cultural sector will be addressed (e.g., music, visual arts, publishing, performing arts, online content creation, etc.) based on specific examples chosen by the group and literature indicated in the bibliography. Each week, one group will be responsible for facilitating the discussions in class and presenting the case example of the week. Other groups are expected to engage in the collective discussion and pose questions to the presenters. The Group Work is to be delivered in the form of a report.

Haniel Summer Academy: Ecologies of Organization (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes

Einzeltermin | Do, 28.04.2022, 16:15 - Do, 28.04.2022, 17:45 | C 7.307 Seminarraum | Kick off: date is presumably (in the coordination)
Einzeltermin | Mo, 30.05.2022, 09:00 - Fr, 03.06.2022, 16:00 | extern

Inhalt: +++ If you would like to participate please send an email to until April 4th, 2022 (max. 1 page covering your motivation why you would like to attend the Summer Academy). You will be notified until April 7th. The maximum number of Lüneburg participants is 10. +++ The European Summer Academy, enabled by the German Haniel Foundation, brings together MA students from five different European business schools and universities: the University of St. Gallen, the Copenhagen Business School, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, and Paris Dauphine University. The Academy will have its base in Berlin. Thanks to the generous support of the Haniel Foundation, we can offer free accommodation as well as covering (train) travel to Berlin and back. Course content To study and help shape ecologies of organization becomes ever more urgent. Ecosystems are collapsing in front of our eyes and news of environmental breakdown have become a seemingly endless spectacle. Can practices of organization, management and entrepreneurship find meaningful ways to address runaway climate change, or are they locked into business as usual? Addressing this question requires a rethinking and an understanding of organization as fundamentally ecological. In the wake of ecological thinking, the human and her/his organizational forms is being placed amid a democracy of things, and of things then being enlisted into human affairs. Ecological thinking studies the relational processes of systemic openness, receptivity and affect, and potential through which life worlds are organized, including those of human beings. In this sense, talks of units, individuals, entrepreneurs and formal organizations gives way to talk of gatherings, spheres, assemblages, milieus or interiors; talk of cause and effect gives way to talk of immanence, affect, resonance, touch and association; talk of laws gives way to talk of tendencies and patterns; talk of symbols and classifications gives way to talk of expressions and ruptures; talk of prediction gives way to talk of attunement and speculation; talk of categories gives way to talk of intensities; talk of power as control gives way to talk of power as a vital, life force and vulnerability. The Summer Academy is dedicated to understand and exploring organizational and entrepreneurial forms and process along these lines: as fundamentally ecological. This entails using the city of Berlin as empirical site for tracing and inquiring into ecologies of organization in different shapes and guises. Joined by researchers of all participating universities as well as guests, we will jointly work towards an exhibition of the students’ findings on organizational ecologies. Course structure After an introduction/preparation session, the course is organized in five parts and runs over 5 days, which consist of thematic discussions, on-site visits, guest speakers, preparatory exercises and project work. Part 1 consists of exploring the history and present of understanding organization, management and entrepreneurship ecologically. Part 2 consists of field work and empirical research based on specific organizational initiatives, processes and milieus. In Part 3, we develop empirical findings through literature research. Part 4 is for preparing and executing the exhibition, while Part 5 is setting up the exhibition and presenting the findings.