New work practices, digital technologies and the emergence of new organizational dynamics
New ways of working (e.g. freelancing, digital nomadism, coworking), new organizational dynamics (e.g. collaborative economy, gig economy, holacracy, etc.) and new technologies (e.g.artificial intelligence, augmented reality, automation, etc.) are changing the way we work and collaborate. This course also introduces some trends about work and organization and their link with digital technologies. It is specially designed for students trying to understand major evolutions at stake.
Degree: Master and MBA
Which are the relevant theories to follow, transcribe and understand the emergence of new organizational phenomena? The current evolution of work practices and the emergence of new organization phenomena that cannot be delimited to companies or institutions require theories enabling scholars to study organization as an ongoing evolving phenomenon, always in a state of becoming. This course firstly introduces the classic organization theories, questions their core ontological assumptions and highlights their limits to understand the current evolutions. Then, this course deals with recent theories considering the organization as an open phenomenon (practice-based view, process view, sociomateriality, etc.) and questions the relevance of such approaches to understand the current emergence of new organization phenomena.
Innovative project and organizational change
The current evolutions at work put the matter of project as a core component of most of activities. Most of the jobs are nowadays project-based oriented, while the organization is defined from the projects in which people are involved. Agile methods, design thinking, Jugaad innovation, open innovation, lean startup are thus the new methods people work with. This course aims at providing students with the fundamentals to understand these methods and the socioeconomic context in which they have emerged. This course is also an opportunity to question the core assumptions of these methods and to understand what they mean in terms of work, communication and collaboration practices.
Qualitative research methods
Following and understanding the emergence of new forms of organization, work practices and management requires not only that one spend time in the proximity of workers, but that employ appropriate methods and tools. As qualitative research requires that one study people in live, this course is mainly about ethnography, case study, netnography, photography, observation, interview and data analysis. Through this course, the aim is to develop knowledge and practice methods for doing qualitative studies.
Degree: Master, EDBA