Event Information:

  • Tue

    [Panel] Organizational Studies, Sociotechnical Change, Entrepreneurialism, Flexible Workers, Etc.

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pmNQ 3100 (The Ehrlicher Room), North Quad, 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor MI 48109



    “Computing and society” provides no simple binary.  Rapid sociotechnical change and entrepreneurialism are but two of the many topics that arise in addressing that subject.  The issues involve power, infrastructure, and new forms of work (venture labor, flexible work, etc.). What does it mean to be entrepreneurial citizens, self-making risk takers, and “part of the solution” instead of “part of the problem?”  This discussion examines this from an organizational studies perspective.

    In this panel, Prof. Silvia Lindtner and Prof. Casey Pierce will facilitate a discussion with two panelists: Prof. Jerry Davis from the Ross School of Business and Prof. John Leslie King from the School of Information, bringing perspectives from organization studies and information studies to bear on contemporary transformations of work, labor, and organizing.

    Please RSVP by Feb. 21 (Sun.) noon. Everyone is welcome -- light lunch will be served on a first-come-first-served basis (add to calendar).


    Prof. Jerry Davis

    Jerry Davis received his PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and taught at Northwestern and Columbia before moving to the University of Michigan, where he is Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management and of Sociology.  He has published widely in management, sociology, and finance.  Books include Social Movements and Organization Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Organizations and Organizing (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007); Managed by the Markets: How Finance Reshaped America (Oxford University Press, 2009); Changing your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015); and The Vanishing American Corporation (Berrett Koehler, forthcoming).  He is Editor of the Administrative Science Quarterly and Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies (ICOS) at the University of Michigan.

    Davis’s research is broadly concerned with the effects of finance on society.  Recent writings examine how ideas about corporate social responsibility have evolved to meet changes in the structures and geographic footprint of multinational corporations; whether "shareholder capitalism" is still a viable model for economic development; how income inequality in an economy is related to corporate size and structure; why theories about organizations do (or do not) progress; how architecture shapes social networks and innovation in organizations; why stock markets spread to some countries and not others; and whether there exist viable organizational alternatives to shareholder-owned corporations in the United States.


    Prof. John Leslie King

    John Leslie King is W.W. Bishop Professor of Information, former Dean of the School of Information and former Vice Provost at the University of Michigan. He joined Michigan in 2000 after twenty years on the faculties of computer science and management at the University of California at Irvine.  He has published more than 200 books and papers from his research on the relationship between technical and social change.  He was Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, distinguished visiting professor in Singapore (at both the National University of Singapore and at Nanyang Technological University), and Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Frankfurt.  He is currently Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research, and served as associate editor for other journals.  He has been on the Board of the Computing Research Association (CRA), the Council of the Computing Community Consortium, and the U.S. National Science Foundation Advisory Committees for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), and Cyberinfrastructure (ACCI).  His PhD is in administration from the University of California, Irvine.  He received an honorary doctorate in economics from Copenhagen Business School. He is an elected fellow of the Association for Information Systems and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


    Prof. Silvia Lindtner

    Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, with a courtesy appointment in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Lindtner’s research and teaching interests include transnational networks of innovation and entrepreneurship culture, DIY (do it yourself) making and hacking, science and technology studies in China, and Internet and digital cultures. She is currently writing a book on the culture and politics of “making” and transnational entrepreneurship in urban China. Her research has been awarded support from the US National Science Foundation, IMLS, Intel Labs, Google Anita Borg, and the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation. Her work has appeared at ACM SIGCHI, ACM CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing), ST&HV (Science Technology & Human Values), Games & Culture, China Information, and other venues. Lindtner is affiliated with several interdisciplinary centers and initiatives on campus including the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Science, Technology and Society Program and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Research Group, and directs the Tech.Culture.Matters. Research Group. Together with Professor Anna Greenspan and David Li, Lindtner co co-directs the China-based Research Initiative Hacked Matter, dedicated to critically investigating processes of technology innovation, urban redesign, and maker-manufacturing cultures in China.


    Prof. Casey Pierce

    Casey Pierce is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on how technology influences knowledge sharing, work practices and organizational outcomes. In this line of research, she has examined social media use in organizations, technology implementation during a federal policy change, and how employees work across geographic boundaries. Currently, Casey is studying how physicians and healthcare workers collaborate using online communities and telemedicine platforms. Casey received her BA in Psychology and MA in Communication Management from the University of Southern California and her PhD in Communication from Northwestern University’s Media, Technology, and Society program.

    This presentation was recorded and you can view it here