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Chaire Franco-Brésilienne des Universites de L-Etat de São Paulo

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Digitality and management: presence, time, and space in organizations

Online sessions from April to October 2021

The Chair "Digitality and management: presence, time and space in organizations" intends to discuss the digitalization of organizations and its relationship with the space and time of managerial activities.

Digitalization includes dark and unexpected sides of societal process, as the generalization of remote work and the “alone together” trend, the proliferation of precarious work arrangements, the increase of monopolies in digital services, as internet and platform firms. The pandemic and lockdown period pushed less digitally mature organizations to an abrupt digital transformation. They shed light on the paradoxical importance of place and space in our so-called “immaterial” world.

Indeed, digital transformation is a deep process, far beyond the use of digital technologies. “Digitality” is a way to make sense of what is going on, and to sense and to materialize our world differently. Platforms are today at the heart of this new world. Industries develop powerful platforms with multiple mobile providers orbiting those platforms, such as gig-economy firms, proliferating data collection, and processing machine learning or blockchain technologies. Decentered forms of organizing epitomize this transformation. The traditional time-space unity of work (“we all work here together at the same time”) is over for many managers. Digitalization, Digital transformation, Digital platforms are often used as interchangeable concepts and related to Datafication. Management, Accounting, Governance, and other related areas increasingly need to consider such societal transformation to understand how organizations operate, how government can regulate markets and industries, and eventually the side effects of digitalization.

The Chair will also approach several collateral effects of digitalization on society and how the transformation affects enterprises, governments, and work relationships rather than in a naïve and optimistic perspective. It turns the discussion from a positivistic paradigm to more experiential approaches (process philosophy and phenomenology-based).

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The interactions in the Chair will be fully online (Zoom platform). Our sessions will start with a lecture, then we go to break-up rooms, and finish with a plenary discussion. You are invited to participate by sending questions in English, Portuguese, or French.

Each session has a predefined and curated reading list. The preliminary program is the following:

April 28 - 14h - 16h Paris time - Opening session:

Presence, time, and space in organizing. Questioning the ontological status of digitality and management.

May 27- 14h - 16h Paris time - Short lecture and discussion:

Readings on "Eternal novelty and the birth of global (American) Management: An historical exploration from WWII in New York."

June 24 - 14h - 16h Paris time - Short lecture and discussion:

Readings on "For a theory of presence in organization studies: horizontality, depth, and verticality."

July 26 - 14h - 16h Paris time - Short lecture and discussion:

Readings on "Sociomateriality, so what? Origins, evolutions and illusions."

August 30 - 14h - 16h Paris time - Short lecture and discussion:

Readings on "Combining phenomenology and pragmatism: towards open methods in management and organization studies."

September 27 - 14h - 17h Paris time - Workshop:

"Exploring opportunities for researching "presence, time, and space" in the Brazilian context."

October - Closing session with the French/Brazilian Consulates.

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