The Platform Digital Transformations: Technology, data and knowledge in the digital age. The platform explores the implications of digital and other technological developments for economic and societal transformations.

Academic Directors

Mikkel Flyverbom
Professor with special responsibilities, Ph.D
Ioanna Constantiou
Professor with special responsibilities, Ph.D

The Digital Transformations Platform focuses on the implications of digital and other technological developments for economic and societal transformations. Anchoring this broad question in the context of CBS priorities, the platform explores issues such as organisational transformations in the digital age, transformations of business models, technology and socio-economic transformations, knowledge production and digital transformations and digital transformations in media and communications.

The mission of the platform is to bring together CBS researchers and external partners from public and private sectors in understanding and leveraging technological transformations in the digital age. The Transformations Platform will pursue innovative and high-quality initiatives in research and education, and make a strong and visible CBS contribution in the current public debates on these matters. Through seed funding and other forms of support, the platform will strengthen and cross-fertilise existing and new research on technological transformations in the digital age at CBS.

The Digital Transformations Platform seeks to combine the expertise of top researchers, inside and outside CBS, and stakeholders from the public and private sectors that will provide research ideas and innovation by bridging disciplinary and sectorial boundaries. The platform is led by a Steering Committee consisting of the HoDs of DIGI, MSC and ECON plus externally, Lisbeth Knudsen, Editor in Chief, Mandag Morgen.

The platform programme runs from 2018-2023.

Digital responsibility and ethics

We can’t think of human progress without technologies of all sorts, and it makes little sense to argue for or against technology. In recent years, questions about responsibility and ethics have moved to the centre of discussions about digital transformations.

This is an opportunity to consider how we can live with technology, and how we can have digital transformations on other terms and conditions than the ones, we’re offered at the moment. Shaping our digital future requires organizational visions, critical reflections and competencies, as well as engaged scholarship that can inform public discussions and regulatory initiatives.

The Digital Transformations Platform brings together researchers with both technical, business and sociological backgrounds seeking to pave the way for digital transformations that places human and societal aspirations at the core.

Digital Markets and Value Creation

Digital markets are prominent in today’s business landscape, and they are characterized with a whole new logic of value creation and competitive dynamics. At the same time, the digital businesses form part of society and are as such confronted with other values than those of the market.

Understanding the different nature of competition in digital markets is paramount for understanding the new logics of value creation and competitive dynamics:

The digital markets critically alter the way companies generate and deliver value to their final customers. Typically, they emerge around central platforms used by many independent firms, all embracing the possibilities of digital technologies to provide new service-solutions. Where companies traditionally would compete with a ‘zero-sum game logic’, they are now operating within a ‘coopetition logic’ - with companies collaborating for co-creating value, yet at the same time competing.

The Digital Transformation Platform brings together researchers from across disciplines to understand the nature of digital markets and their impact on society – a central question being what kind of regulatory frameworks we should relate to these new digital markets and to what extent? The Platform provides knowledge to inform discussions within academia and with business societies, policy makers and the public.

Research Topics:

Organisational transformations in the digital age
This area of research is part of a collaborative space for organising seminars, workshops and research applications revolving around the transformative effects of digitalisation in the organisation of private firms, public sector and third sector organisations. The organisational perspective implies an interest in, for instance, how digitisation changes tasks, work practices, professional relations, management strategies, accountabilities and decision-making in organisations.

For more information, contact Ursula Plesner
Business models - transformations in the digital age
"Business models - transformations in the digital age" concerns the ways in which digitalisation influences firms in traditional industries, as well as the emergence of digital platforms and the creation of new markets. In particular, the proliferation of digital platforms and the digitalisation of business activities has a profound impact on industry competition, business models and value chains. Digital transformation challenges our understanding of the dynamics of firm boundaries and the structure of industry. Research in this area aims to address the major challenges of firms facing the disruptive effects of digital transformation.

For more information, contact Ioanna Constantiou
Emerging technological transformations and society
Research on the topic of “Emerging technological transformations and society” seeks to elucidate the socio-economic impact of technological transformations. Such transformations may determine the governance of societal change at the macro level, but also the creation of knowledge in firms and other organisations at the micro level. They also impact knowledge exchange and transfer between individuals and organizations. This, in turn, may have repercussions for the protection of knowledge and the distribution of innovation activity in societies. Research in this area aims to answer the important questions arising from technological transformations in these respects.

For more information, contact Christoph Grimpe
Digital transformations and knowledge production
Research under "Digital transformations and knowledge production" explores how processes of digitalisation and datafication create novel conditions for the production of knowledge, and how they relate to more qualitative and quantitative modes. Digital technologies and digital traces constitute new resources for the understanding and representation of organisational and social affairs, and shape the workings of corporations, research and education and the governance of societies. The emergence of datafied and algorithmic modes of knowledge production raises a host of questions about organisational practices, epistemology and social justice in need of attention. Research in this area addresses these issues in relation to research, funding, education and public engagement.

For more information, contact Mikkel Flyverbom
Digital transformations in media and communications
"Digital transformations in media and communications” concerns the ways in which digital technology is transforming communication across a range of different media. These changes have captured the public imagination with increasing urgency, amid growing concerns about filter bubbles, fake news and clickbait. Digital technology has also completely transformed the way in which researchers can study communications media. The cluster will deploy techniques from computational linguistics and machine learning and combine them with qualitative and quantitative research methods to gain new insights into the ongoing transformations of media and communications.

For more information, contact Daniel Hardt

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