DIGMA is a research environment that contributes to the development of knowledge about digitalization and its organizational effects -- knowledge that is of interest to managers and employees of public as well as private organizations facing a digital change. The research is conducted in several research projects, all of which deal with the social consequences of digitalization in working life.
Central research questions are:
- What are the consequences of digitalisation for managerial practice?
- To what extent does digitalisation facilitate or impede certain forms of managing?
- How are the practices emerging from digitalisation experienced in the organizations?
Digitalisation, the development and implementation of increasingly smarter, faster and cheaper digital technology, is currently transforming contemporary organisational processes and work practices. The technology developed opens up for new possibilities, both regarding coordination and control, for example by increased means of real-time surveillance, which changes power structures in working life.
The Digma-programme applies a sociomaterial perspective where no sharp distinction is made between the social and the technological. Instead, technology is understood as intertwined with all aspects of organisational life through a series of interdependencies between people and technology. Using a sociomaterial perspective, the project will have the possibility of building theory as well as a practical understanding of digitalisation and its various dimensions; a knowledge that will make the digitalisation transformation easier for those involved.
The Digma-programme currently encompasses four subprojects focusing on different aspects of digitalisation: projectification, leadership work, flexibilization and the experience of technology. The subprojects will draw on case studies performed at local authorities and businesses in Sweden and the UK. The cases are studied through ethnographies in combination with interviews and with a participatory approach.
Focus on understanding how technology changes organisational structuring through the development of new norms for organizing, emphasizing flexibility and temporality.
Focus on understanding how direction for organizing is produced in a digitised context.
Focus on flexibilisation of employment and its enactment in organisations as a consequence of digitalisation.
Experience of Technology
Focus on the role that technology plays in underpinning a positive or negative experience of technology.