On Monday 16th September, DOS welcomed colleagues from Copenhagen Business School to Royal Holloway. Most of our CBS colleagues are associated with the Digital Transformations Platform at CBS, which seeks to explore the relationship between technology and society and, amongst other things, runs a very successful Research Fellow Programme involving visits from pre-eminent scholars in this research area: soon to be Prof Shoshana Zuboff. We also heard details on how the platform has supported the development of a very popular BA in Business Admin and Digital Management, which was of great interest to DOS members.
However, the day was predominantly about sharing information about current research projects and interests. Involving staff and student speakers from CBS, DOS, and our sister SoBM research centre CHRONOS, it was a hugely interesting day. Scroll down the Twitter column on the right to see the details of the specific talks. We discovered many shared interests around the general themes of:
- Visibility, Accountability and Inequality
- Space and Time
- Digitalisation and Organization
We heard details of Professor Mikkel Flyverbom’s new book “The Digital Prism: Transparency and Managed Visibilities in a Datafied World”; were introduced to the UKRI GCRF-funded research project on “Digital Technologies, Inequality and Migration” by Dr Hari Harindranath; discovered the CBS “Centre for Organizational Time” through the work of phd student Cecilie Kampmann; were intrigued by research on the use of digital devices in North Korea from Dr Tom Wainwright; and were hugely impressed by a talk from Frederick Schade on data transparency , only two weeks into his PhD!
There was even time at the end for a quick tour of the beautiful RHUL Founder’s Building, including a guided tour of the famous Portrait Gallery from Accountancy Professor and CHRONOS member, Christopher Napier. Our visitors were suitably impressed!
The day was rounded off with a chance to socialise together over dinner and we all agreed that we had formed the beginning of what will be a stimulating and productive research relationship.
Next time: Copenhagen in the Spring!