Working and Organizing in a Digital Age

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Doel vak

Academic and research skills:

- Be able to (empirically) investigate a theoretical perspective
within the themes related to new ways of working/organizing,
which for example could be: mobility and changing work practices,
open office spaces and collaboration, enterprise social media
and transparency, open science and crowdsourcing communities,
sharing economy and platforms, robotics in the workplace.

Bridging theory and practice (knowledge):

- Have a sound theoretical understanding of the themes related
to new ways of working/organizing and the interplay between
technology and work/organizing practices and be able to analyze
and demonstrate that interplay.

Broadening your horizon:

- Be able to critically reflect on the consequences and
implications of "new ways of working/organizing" for the work
practices of individual knowledge workers and how people organize.

Inhoud vak

This course is all about the implications of (digital) technology for
how people work and organize. At an individual level, technology for
instance allows for increased mobility, either in (open) offices, in
co-working spaces or while people act as ‘digital nomads’, and increased
virtuality, such as in online communities or when using robotics in the
workplace. At the organization level, technology causes new
organizational ‘forms’ to emerge, such as online communities, sharing
economy, crowdsourcing platforms, open and citizen science. The digital
technologies that give rise to these changes can range from mobile
devices and robotics to social media, artificial intelligence and
The possible consequences and implications of these 
new ways of
working/organizing are often predicted but not yet fully and

academically understood. In one part of the course, students discuss
and critically reflect on different 
theories and perspectives related
to new ways of working/organizing. In a second
 part, students conduct
an empirical study related to a selected new way of
providing them hands-on experience and an understanding of how relevant
theories are in a real business case.


The first part of the course includes interactive discussions and
critical reading of the literature. This is tested in an individual
written (interim) exam.
The second part consists of an empirical study that students do in small
teams in/for a real-life organizational setting. During this phase,
teams report on their progress, receive feedback and write a research


Individual assignment (interim exam)

Group assignment


Reader will be distributed via Canvas.


This course is only open for students in the Digital Business and
Innovation master’s programme.

Overige informatie

This course is only open for students in the Digital Business and
Innovation master’s programme.

During the course, students will conduct an empirical study at an
The course has a very tight schedule and requires
flexibility in terms of 
availability during the complete course. It
could also involve some travelling (within the Netherlands).

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

This course is only open for students in the Digital Business and Innovation master’s programme.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode E_BA_WODA
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit School of Business and Economics
Vakcoördinator dr. M. Soekijad
Examinator dr. M. Soekijad
Docenten dr. E.W. Hafermalz
dr. M. Soekijad

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