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Veranstaltungen von Prof. Dr. Thomas Gegenhuber


Making sense of the corona crisis: employing organization theory to probe into the dynamics of an endangering event (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Thomas Gegenhuber

Einzeltermin | Mi, 08.04.2020, 12:15 - Mi, 08.04.2020, 15:45 | intern | Introduction / digitale Veranstaltung
Einzeltermin | Di, 21.04.2020, 10:15 - Di, 21.04.2020, 13:45 | intern | How to write a good memo – Tutorial Session (in two groups) / digitale Veranstaltung
Einzeltermin | Mo, 04.05.2020, 10:15 - Mo, 04.05.2020, 13:45 | C 40.162 | PräsenzVeranstaltung; Reflecting on the literature
Einzeltermin | Di, 05.05.2020, 17:00 - Di, 05.05.2020, 19:00 | C 40.162 | PräsenzVeranstaltung; Reflecting on the literature
Einzeltermin | Mo, 11.05.2020, 10:15 - Mo, 11.05.2020, 13:45 | intern | How to use online data and craft a paper – Tuto-rial Session (in two groups) /digitale Veranstaltung
Einzeltermin | Fr, 29.05.2020, 10:15 - Fr, 29.05.2020, 15:45 | intern | Mentoring Session (I) 7digitale Veranstaltung
Einzeltermin | Di, 16.06.2020, 10:15 - Di, 16.06.2020, 15:45 | intern | Mentoring Session (II) and Tutorial on how to make a presentation / digitale Veranstaltung
Einzeltermin | Mo, 29.06.2020, 11:15 - Mo, 29.06.2020, 18:15 | C 40.162 | Research paper workshop

Inhalt: Undoubtedly, the coronavirus constitutes a significant crisis affecting society and its actors (government, profit- and non-profit organizations, families, individuals). For instance, governments struggle with how to react to this crisis appropriately, health care organizations reach their limits, and consumer goods industries face the challenge of maintaining their supply chains. This crisis constrains our participation in public life and constitutes a threat to our general health and financial prosperity. The corona crisis is a complex event with a high degree of uncertainty. It is an exoge-nous shock questioning practices we took for granted. In this course, we will apply various theoretical perspectives and concepts to this crisis in order to making sense and understanding it. Through this exploration, we seek to answer questions such as: how to manage common-pool resources such as health care in times of crisis? How do organizations communicate in times of crisis? How can organizations effectively re-spond to a crisis? What can society learn from such an event? A crisis can be turning point: it is a source of radical change – sometimes even for good. In this virtual course, we will proceed as follows: Following an introductory class, you will read various readings and craft a memo (encompassing summaries and crafting of ideas on how the concepts at hand relate to various aspects of the corona crisis). After a reflection and discussion about the readings, you will begin by applying one the-oretical perspective to a corona-related phenomenon you are interested in (by har-nessing media and online data). The outcome will be a research paper and we will present our insights to each other in a concluding session. We will also offer tutorials (e.g., how to use online or media data) and mentoring sessions to support you in your inquiry.

Understanding Socio-Technical Transitions: Contemporary Perspectives on the Politics of the Internet and the Digital Economy (FSL) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Thomas Gegenhuber

Einzeltermin | Mo, 06.04.2020, 10:15 - Mo, 06.04.2020, 13:45 | intern | Introduction
Einzeltermin | Mo, 27.04.2020, 10:15 - Mo, 27.04.2020, 15:45 | C 40.606 | Connecting literature with empirical examples
Einzeltermin | Mo, 11.05.2020, 14:45 - Mo, 11.05.2020, 18:45 | C 7.307 | Connecting literature to social science concepts
Einzeltermin | Mo, 18.05.2020, 14:45 - Mo, 18.05.2020, 18:45 | C 40.606 | Tutorial: How to write a blog post
Einzeltermin | Mo, 25.05.2020, 14:45 - Mo, 25.05.2020, 18:45 | C 7.307 | Mentoring Session
Einzeltermin | Mo, 08.06.2020, 14:45 - Mo, 08.06.2020, 18:45 | C 40.606 | Peer to Peer Session
Einzeltermin | Mi, 17.06.2020, 10:15 - Mi, 17.06.2020, 18:45 | C 40.606 | Digital Worldcafé

Inhalt: [This course will be taught online] Overview Digital technologies permeate all areas of social and economic life. Social media enables us to connect with others and thereby shapes the way we communicate and interact with our social environment. The platforms do not only organize our private life, but also affect what information and opinions we consume, and thus how we make sense of the world. The dominant position of the platforms raises questions of responsibility. The platform-providers are increasingly held into account for addressing issues like fake news, hate speech, and cyber-crime and receive criticism for being data factories and the vanguards of „surveillance capitalism.” Marketplace platforms, such as Amazon, make shopping easy. And, like social media plat-forms, they depend on the marketization of consumer data. Amazon’s business practices have been claimed to be unethical. For instance, the working conditions at its distribution centers, as well as Amazon’s strategies to increase competitive pressure on its vendors, has been challenged. While the Internet-of-things and so-called smart homes with Alexa at heart seem to make our life easier, the products and applications raise concerns regarding data security and safety. The two examples illustrate a point: how we “inhabit” (i.e., use) technologies in our daily life has positive and negative effects. The premise of this course is that it is up to us, as society, to engage in the issues shaping our digital present and future. Consequently, the following questions are at the core of this course: How do we want to use technology, and for which aims? What are the ethical limits of digital innovation? How can we regulate (e.g., through government, establishing standards, etc.) new organizational forms (e.g., platforms) or digital-driven practices (e.g., use of AI and algorithms for decision-making)? Note that in this course, we depart from assumptions of technological determinism (i.e., technology as an exogenous unstoppable force) and technological solutionism (i.e., thoughtlessly seeing technology as a savior for all problems). Against the backdrop our interdisciplinary virtual course, we will use contemporary literature focusing on digital phenomena as the vantage point for our explorations. Literature, movies or comics tell stories about what is, can and could be. These art forms use narratives as a vehicle to understand and reflect on contemporary societal dynamics. In the first part, you will read a few chapters from Rob Hart’s book “The Warehouse” and think about on how the story in this book connects to empirical reality we face today (e.g. the working conditions at Amazon). Next, you will watch the movie or read the a few chapters of The Circle and connect it with readings from Shoshana Zuboff’s “Surveillance Capitalism”. Based on this initial exploration you then set out to choose a book (e.g. Theresa Hanning’s “Die Optimierer” or Marcel Uwe Kling’s “Quality Land”) or a movie (e.g. Ex Machina) and you will theorize in a blog post how the story connects to empirical reality and concepts in social sciences. Grading Kombinierte wissenschaftliche Arbeit: Memos (40 %), Blog post (60 %). [This is the new grading due to the required changes I needed to make to this course due to the cancellation of the re:publica conference and offering an online format]

Digitalization (Vorlesung)

Dozent/in: Paul Drews, Burkhardt Funk, Thomas Gegenhuber, Axel Halfmeier, Jens Heger, David Loschelder, Mario Mechtel

wöchentlich | Montag | 16:15 - 19:45 | 06.04.2020 - 08.06.2020 | C HS 2 | Digitale Veranstaltung
Einzeltermin | Mo, 22.06.2020, 16:15 - Mo, 22.06.2020, 17:45 | C HS 2 | Klausur

Inhalt: In this course, students are introduced to and discuss opportunities and challenges of digitalization on the organizational level while also considering the individual, society and digital technology. By taking a multidisciplinary perspective, students learn how their own discipline as well as other disciplines seize topics related to digitalization in research. Reports and guest talks about digitalization efforts and use cases for applying digital technologies in practice enrich the understanding of digitalization as a phenomenon of interest. Negative and unintended consequences of digitalization are discussed in order to foster critical reflection of digitalization endeavours and to support responsible management practices in digital transformation activities and projects. ▪ 06.04. P. Drews / Introduction ▪ 20.04. P. Drews / Information Systems ▪ 27.04. T. Gegenhuber / Business Administration ▪ 04.05. D. Loschelder / Psychology ▪ 11.05. M. Mechtel / Economics ▪ 18.05. J. Heger / Engineering ▪ 25.05. A. Halfmeier / Law ▪ 08.06. Final Session + Discussion ▪ 22.06. Exam