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Guest Talk: The dynamics of drift in digitized processes

Dr. Waldemar Kremser

Date/Time: Apil 4th 2018,4 p.m.

Loca­tion: D2.2.094


This paper uses a simu­la­tion to build new theory about comple­xity and phase change in processes that are supported by digital tech­no­lo­gies.  We know that digi­tized processes can drift (change incre­men­tally over time).  We simu­late this pheno­menon by incre­men­tally adding and remo­ving edges from a network that repres­ents the process.  The simu­la­tion demons­trates that incre­mental change can lead to a state of self-or­ga­nized criti­ca­lity.  As the process approa­ches this state, further incre­mental change can preci­pi­tate non-­li­near bursts in process comple­xity and signi­fi­cant changes in process struc­ture.   Digital tech­no­logy can influ­ence the factors that influ­ence the likelihood of these trans­for­ma­tive phase changes.  We use the simu­la­tion to gene­rate a set of theo­re­tical propo­si­tions about the effects of digi­tiza­tion that will be testable in empi­rical rese­arch.


Waldemar Kremser is Assis­tant Professor of Orga­niza­tion Design and Deve­lop­ment at Radboud Univer­sity (NL). In his rese­arch on orga­niza­tion design, orga­niza­t­ional routines and orga­niza­t­ional tempo­ra­lity he combines insights from prac­tice theory and systems theory to analyse issues of inno­va­tion and orga­niza­t­ional change. His disser­ta­tion on routine inter­de­pen­dence received the Erns­t-­Reu­ter-Prize 2017. The most important results have been published in Orga­niza­tion Science. At the moment, he is setting up a rese­arch project on the design chal­lenges that are met in new orga­niza­t­ional forms like Hola­cractic or agile orga­niza­t­ions (e.g. Zappos,, ING).

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