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Exploring the dark and unexpected sides of digitalization: Towards a critical agenda

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Iain Munro



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Digitalization has far reaching implications for individuals, organizations, and society. While extant management and organization studies mainly focus on the positive aspects of this development, the dark and potentially unexpected sides of digitalization for organizations and organizing have received less scholarly attention. This special issue extends this emerging debate. Drawing on empirical material of platform corporations, social movements, and traditional corporations, eight articles illuminate the various negative implications of the digitalization of work and organization processes, particularly for workers, employees, and activists. In this introduction, we contextualize these valuable contributions that underline the dangers of the ubiquity and simultaneity of digitalization and begin to sketch out potential avenues towards a comprehensive critical agenda of digitalization in organization studies.

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Author(s): Trittin-Ulbrich H, Scherer AG, Munro I, Whelan G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organization

Year: 2021

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Pages: 8-25

Print publication date: 01/01/2021

Online publication date: 16/11/2020

Acceptance date: 15/11/2020

Date deposited: 16/02/2021

ISSN (print): 1350-5084

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7323

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/1350508420968184


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