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Re-framing digitalisation

During the past few years, we have moved from considering the digital as unfamiliar and strange to an era in which technology has become ubiquitous and in numerous ways intertwined with organisational life, business and politics. The research track Re-framing digitalisation explores the implications of this shift in technological base when it comes to how we manage organisations, how we create value, how we govern.

What happens when digital co-workers enter the workplace? Will digital transformation help or hinder international growth for Swedish companies? Has Covid-19 permanently changed the way we work and manage?

The research track re-framing digitalization studies digital transformation as an organizational, business and societal change process, rather than as a question of technology implementation. Researchers in the track also raise critical questions regarding the consequences of the use of digital technologies, for both organization and society. To this end, we mobilize different approaches, from those considering digitalization as a new phenomenon which can be captured and studied in the same way as other kinds of innovations and change processes, to those seeing digitalization as a new phenomenon with specific characteristics for which researchers need to pose new questions.

Questions that we contribute to better understand and manage are:

  • Digital technology and new work/management practices explores how work and management fundamentally change when
    digital technologies become more and more integral parts for organizing processes.

  • Digital technology and business relationships studies how digitalization affects the interaction-patterns of industrial companies, especially amongst larger multinational enterprises.

  • Digital technology and strategy explores the consequences of digital transformation for firms in terms of their innovativeness, operational efficiency and international growth.

  • Digital technology and ecosystem: investigates the development and diffusion of digital platforms and its impacts on markets
    and organizations using multidisciplinary and multi-actor perspectives.


Re-framing digitalization for future business, management and society

Re-framing digitalization thus contributes to future business, management and society by supporting the transition to an era where digital technologies are ubiquitous and in numerous ways intertwined with organizational life, business and politics. In a time when technological advances impact not only organizations and businesses, but also individuals and societies, with what is perceived as an increasing pace, our researchers encourage to critically scrutinize the changes we witness to produce deeper understanding of the role digital technologies play and of how to handle them.

The Covid-19 epidemics has accelerated the pace of digitalization in all aspects of our lives, from private situations to work to supply chains, possibly providing a decisive turn in the digital transformation. Whether a business should have a webpage or not is no longer a question, talking of virtual meetings as something exotic is no longer meaningful, and digital co-workers have made their entrance. As it has been said, while we were waiting for the radical revolution of advanced AI, we did not notice that AI is already everywhere, although possibly not so clever as we thought. The research thus focuses on the current challenges organization faces in relation to the latest digital technologies.


Collaboration

The research track gathers many externally-funded projects in which approximately 25 researchers collaborate with both private and public organizations, such as ABB, Västerås stad, Eskilstuna kommun. Examples are a 6-years long Forte-funded research program in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin university (DigMa), several co-production projects on welfare technologies and the Sörmlandskontraktet funded by Eskilstuna municipality that has contributed to the expansion of knowledge production in regards to business development to the benefit of a specific track in the business administration program. Results include both theoretical contributions and practical insight and tools, as presented in blogs, books, a webpage, or in the form of a checklist.

More information

Fore more information about Re-framing Digitalisation, please contact the Research Leader.


Research projects

Digital transformation: a silver bullet for Swedish firms' growth and internationalization?

Project manager: Emre Yildiz


Research area: Marketing and strategy The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship (DEM)


Main financing: Jan Wallanders och Tom Hedelius stiftelse, Tore Browaldhs stiftelse


This research project aims to answer the following research question: What are the consequences of digital transformation for Swedish firms in terms of their innovativeness, operational efficiency and international growth?

Digitized management – what can we learn from England and Sweden? (DIGMA)

Project manager: Anette Hallin


Research area: NOMP-group – New Organisation and Management Practices The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship (DEM)


Main financing: Forte


This project will contribute to producing knowledge on digitalisation and its organisational dynamics and effects; knowledge that is of great interest for managers and employees in public and private organisations facing or undergoing digital transformation. In addition, the project will contribute to developing socio-material approaches conceptually and methodologically.

"It's a retail revolution": The international challenges of digitalization

Project manager: Emilia Rovira Nordman


Research area: Marketing and strategy The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship (DEM)


Main financing: Torsten Söderbergs stiftelse


The aim of the project is to explore the specific features that enable international expansion through e-commerce in SMEs.

InPro-Hym: inclusive and productive hybrid meetings

Project manager: Lucia Crevani


Research area: NOMP-group – New Organisation and Management Practices The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship (DEM)


Main financing: Vinnova


The purpose is to develop methods for organizing and performing inclusive and productive meetings. The project will result in material to be used for learning and organisational development. The main result is a digital handbook available online.

IVRIS – Introducing welfare technology through the realization of collaborative innovation capacity

Project manager: Silvia Bruzzone


Research area: NOMP-group – New Organisation and Management Practices


Main financing: Vinnova


Increasing the use of welfare technologies is often considered one solution to the challenge related to an aging population. Introducing welfare technologies is however a complex process that requires the inclusion of users (older people and different kinds of professional and organizational groups) who will affect how the technology is presented, introduced, used, controller and followed-up. Most importantly, the introduction of welfare technologies is about changing work practices, not about technical artefacts.

HV3D Assistive technology and welfare technology in 3 dimensions

Project manager: Christine Gustafsson


Research area: Prolonged independent life The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship (DEM)


Main financing: KL, The Social Contract and Regional Council of Sörmland.


The overarching aim of the project is to work out a model for decision support for health and welfare organizations when planning to implement health and welfare technology..

Green e-service development for real estate companies 

Project manager: Peter Ekman


Research area: Marketing and strategy


Main financing: Energimyndigheten


The project aims at developing a green e-service development model (GeSD) for real estate companies that aims at becoming environmental attuned.

KPI2030: Sustainable KPIs and indicators for facilities

Project manager: Peter Ekman


Research area: Marketing and strategy



KPI2030 is initiated by Stockholm City’s Forum for Sustainable Facilities with the goal to develop key performance indicators (KPIs) and indicators for sustainable and energy- efficient buildings.

Meeting and community in the post-digital era: Understanding the texture of organizing and how it is changing

Project manager: Lucia Crevani


Research area: NOMP-group – New Organisation and Management Practices The research group for studies in democracy, power and citizenship (DEM)


Main financing: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond


The purpose is to develop a deeper understanding of how meetings are changing as we enter a post-digital era, and the consequences of such changes for the role of meetings in community-building