MDH researchers examine how digitalisation affects organisations

Dec 13, 2016 | Research/Cooperation

The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, FORTE, has decided to award SEK 9 million to the research programme “Digitalising management – what can we learn from England and Sweden?", where MDH’s researchers will be looking at how digitalisation affects organisations, workplaces and management.

- Digitalisation is a complex phenomenon; at the same time as the development of technology means that new opportunities are created, new challenges are also created. One result of digitalisation is that we acquire new ways of spreading information, distributing knowledge and coordinating work. But we can also check employees with the aid of this new technology. We would like to investigate how we handle this and what consequences for management it brings. It’s also important to see what the employees feel about this development, says Anette Hallin, who is leading the research team.

The research programme is divided into four subprojects which all focus on different aspects of digitalisation:

  1. Management
  2. Projectification
  3. Flexibilisation
  4. Reacting to technology

The researchers involved at MDH are Anette Hallin, Lucia Crevani, both associate professors of Business Administration, Eva Lindell, who is to defend her thesis in December on Industrial Engineering and Management, and Chris Ivory, professor at the Anglia-Ruskin University in Cambridge. Apart from these people, a number of doctoral students will also be employed.

The research project will last for three years, but FORTE has already indicated that new funds could lead to an extension for a further three years.

The various researchers are responsible for different subprojects but all the projects are interwoven with one another. Through observations and interviews they will be looking at how technology is embedded into organisational processes in various ways in five different authorities and companies in Sweden and England.

- Technology affects us and changes our ways of working. We need to understand how we as people interact with technology and how it “comes about” through our use of it – there is an ongoing interplay between the social and the technical aspects – to be able to make good use of the infinite possibilities that exist, says Anette Hallin.

For more information, please contact Anette Hallin, Associate Professor of Business Administration, at anette.hallin@mdh.se or 021-151793