The World Turned Upside Down … The future of digital innovation research post COVID-19

Thursday 25th June 2020

1:00pm (BST – UK Summer time) until 5:30 pm (includes a 1hr break from around 2:30-3:30)

To register via eventbrite click here!

Venue: Zoom

In 2020 the world turned upside down: one particular consequence has been the most marked shift to digital forms of social interaction we are likely to see in our lifetimes. We would like to hold a workshop to explore how research in Information Systems and related fields might (and perhaps should) change in response, by bringing together a range of information systems researchers to engage in reflection and futurology.

Dr Will Venters
Chairperson:
Dr Will Venters – LSE

We will not dwell on COVID, choosing to focus instead on imagining what sort of changes may ensue – and speculating on how these are likely to affect our disciplines. The workshop will be informed by futures research (Chiasson, Davidson et al. 2018) and consist of short presentations on imagined changes, followed by structured discussion and debate.

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Speakers

Prof. Michael BarrettJudge Business School

Why IS Practice Essential for Digital Innovation Research

Prof. François-Xavier de Vaujany – Université Paris Dauphine-PSL 

The Birth of Digitality: Computing for a World in Crisis in the 40s

Dr Mareike Möhlmann – Warwick Business School

App-based surveillance – Lessons from the algorithmic management of Uber drivers

Prof. Mark Thompson – University of Exeter Business School

Public services during COVID:  the curious case of a ‘digital’ council

Dr Edgar Whitley – London School of Economics

Managing digital identities online: Public, private and interoperable?

Prof. Mike Chaisson – The University of British Columbia

On recalling the future in information systems research

Dr Wendy Günther – INDEX

Wendy will act as rapporteur and provide a summary at the end of the event.

Topics for discussion include

  1. Methodological innovations.
  2. Changes to Privacy and Identity.
  3. Digital infrastructure and the emerging role of the state .
  4. Changes in Information Systems development practices.
  5. Digital nomadism and emerging organisational forms.
  6. Globalised supply chains and outsourcing.
  7. Practices, processes and performances.
  8. Materiality in a dematerialising world.

For administrative Questions please contact f.white@lse.ac.uk

Chiasson, M., Davidson, E., and Winter, J. 2018. “Philosophical Foundations for Informing the Future(S) through Is Research,” European Journal of Information Systems (27:3), pp. 367-379.

Image: (Ambubu (cc)) of The World Turned Upside Down, a 2019 sculpture by Mark Wallinger.

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