ABRI seminar Jan Recker


12:00 - 13:00


Towards a dynamic network theory of organizing and emerging technology

Professor Dr Jan Recker (University of Cologne)

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI seminar given by Professor Dr Jan Recker (University of Cologne) -  “Towards a dynamic network theory of organizing and emerging technology”. You will find more information in the abstract below.

The seminar will take place on Friday, February 28, from 12:00 – 13:00 in room HG-1D08.
To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Mariana Stori (m.t.stori@vu.nl), latest on Monday, February 24.
ABRI is looking forward to seeing you there!
Current thinking about emerging technology tends to focus on features and affordances of single artifacts, often in isolation, inserted into an existing way of organizing, often a single process.  In contrast, we propose a theory that is focused on networks of relations between technology-enabled actions in a dynamic network.  Network dynamics provides a framework for describing and theorizing about the close relationship between organizing and emerging technology.  We integrate organizing and emerging technology using narrative networks, a class of network where nodes represent categories of action and edges represent sequential relations between those categories.  In a narrative network, organizing can be captured through the community of actions (densely connected sets of actions), which represent repeatedly enacted sequence of actions.  New technology can add nodes to the network, but only the enactment of technology-in-use can add edges to the network.  Thus, organizing and emerging technology can both be interpreted as changes in community structures in narrative networks.   This view provides a novel basis and a powerful lexicon for theorizing about organizing and emerging technology across multiple levels and contexts.

Prof Dr Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, Chaired Professor for Information Systems at the University of Cologne, and Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School, Australia.
In his research he explores the intersection of technology, people and work. He works with particularly large organizations, such as Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Lufthansa, Ubisoft, federal and state governments, and with particularly small organizations ("start-ups") in the consumer goods, hardware, and financial sectors. He tackles questions such as

  • How do startups design their digital ventures?
  • How do large organizations deal with digital innovation and transformation?
  • How do products and processes change through digitalization?
  • How can digital solutions help building a sustainable future?

Jan's research in these areas draws on quantitative, qualitative and mixed field methods. His research has appeared in leading information systems, management science, software engineering, project management, computer science, and sociology journals. He has also written popular textbooks on scientific research and data analysis, which are in use in over 500 institutions in over 60 countries. He ranks as one of the most published information systems academics of all time. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems, one of two flagship journals of the global information systems association, and an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly, the leading journal of the field. In 2019, he was named #1 business researcher under 40 years of age by the German Magazine Wirtschaftswoche. He was the youngest academic ever to be named an AIS fellow in 2018. In 2019, he received an “Outstanding Associate Editor Award” from MIS Quarterly.