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Hyper-Taylorism and third-order technologies: Making sense of the transformation of work and management in a post-digital era
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation.
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2021 (English)In: Management and Information Technology after Digital Transformation, Taylor and Francis , 2021, p. 63-71Chapter in book (Other academic)
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Taylor and Francis , 2021. p. 63-71
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-56505DOI: 10.4324/9781003111245-8Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85118349176ISBN: 9781000451610 (print)ISBN: 9780367612764 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-56505DiVA, id: diva2:1610840
Available from: 2021-11-11 Created: 2021-11-11 Last updated: 2023-10-31Bibliographically approved
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1. Digital automation of administrative work: How automating reconfigures administrative work
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2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis is an examination of how digital automation of administrative work unfolds in practice. It sets out to understand how administrative work changes as it is digitally automated and how such changes have wider consequences beyond the performance of specific work tasks. A case study design is used, focusing on digital automation through Robotic Process Automation (RPA) at a Swedish municipality, and the methods to produce data include interviews, observations, and document analysis. The thesis contributes to the body of literature that understands work as practices performed by diverse configurations of social and material elements, a body of literature that spans the fields of organization studies and information systems research. It comprises five papers:Paper I builds a foundation for the thesis by examining the automation process and conceptualizing it as configuring work. This is a dynamic process of mutual reconfiguration of work practice, digital technology, and organizational arrangements through which a new agentive configuration of work is approached. Paper II explores the ways in which a new dichotomy of human and digital coworkers emerges and the role of social responsibility and context for work as a new division of labor emerges. Paper III takes a broader look at the effects of digital technology on the organizing of work and proposes the conceptualization of hyper-taylorization as a way of understanding how the rationale of digital automation technology comes to enhance Taylorism in terms of making work digitally legible, predictable, and controllable. Paper IV shifts the focus again to the ethics of digital automation, utilizing an example from the case study to explore ethical and managerial implications when digitally automating. Paper V is a conceptual paper that aims to conceptualize the thesis's core theoretical contribution, which is to understand digital automation of administrative work as not just a change in how work is performed but a change regarding how knowledge about work is created and the conditions of knowledge creation. Within this framework, “work” is understood as performing an epistemic machineryrelated to the materiality of the configuration that performs work. Thus, The paper concludes that digital automation, at least in technological history, implies an epistemological shift of administrative work towards a more strictly rationalistic way of understanding the world at the expense of a pluralistic set of ways of creating knowledge and understanding the world.The thesis concludes by discussing the implications of this shift and how the political terrain of administrative work comes to be abandoned as it is digitally automated.

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Västerås: Mälardalens universitet, 2023
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Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 392
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Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Organisations
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urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-64640 (URN)978-91-7485-619-4 (ISBN)
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2023-12-13, Delta, Mälardalens universitet, Västerås, 13:00 (English)
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-07210
Available from: 2023-11-01 Created: 2023-10-31 Last updated: 2023-11-22Bibliographically approved

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