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Power games will not vanish due to increased transparency through data – they will shift!

Algorithms are currently already performing a plethora of complex tasks for us. But will they one day also make real decisions for us? Armed forces are already investing billions in artificial intelligence (AI) which can identify targets and fly aircraft independently. The Australian government has its outgoing welfare payments checked by software and reclaimed if […]

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Informal loopholes don’t disappear when data comes into play

  Talking about the merits of big data often means emphasizing increased transparency, efficiency and a frictionless way of getting things done. This emphasis is sometimes accompanied by the desire to reveal hidden, informal structures that develop in the absence of a perfect representation of formal processes, namely the informality of an organization. These hidden […]

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“More data = more rationality” – We disagree!

    The proposition ‘More data = more rationality – we disagree’ is the first out of four propositions on ‘when data hits the organization’. We developed the propositions following our discussion with Thomas Ramge on Big Data and its role in capitalism. All propositions combine data and data-driven effects with the core business of […]

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Organizing discourses

When data hits the organization Thomas Ramge joined us for our international Strategy Meeting at Metaplan to discuss the socio-political effects of big data, having debated the matter with his co-author, Oxford Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, in their bestseller, “Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data”. Ramge’s talk provided much food for thought regarding the […]

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