Department of Management, Society and Communication

Professor with special responsibilities
Academic Director of the BiS Platform Digital Transformations

Room: DH.V.2.36
Profilbillede af Mikkel Flyverbom


I’m a Professor (MSO) of Communication and Digital Transformations at Copenhagen Business School.

My main research interests concern how digital technologies shape communication and governance processes in organizational settings. More specifically, I’m interested in how organizations engage with digital transformations, such as ‘big data’ and internet infrastructures that unsettle established ways of working and thinking. My research addresses how the Internet has emerged as a key concern in global politics (see my book The Power of Networks), how ‘big data’ relates to knowledge production and the politics of transparency (see The Politics of Transparency), how transparency ideals shape the Internet domain (see the Sunlight in Cyberspace), and how power and transparency intersect (see The Transparency-Power Nexus). I work both empirically and conceptually on these issues, currently focusing on two projects:

Digital technologies and visibility management: This project seeks to conceptualize transparency and other ways of seeing, knowing and governing as forms of visibility management. On this topic, I’m editing special issue of The International Journal of Communication (with Paul Leonardi, Cynthia Stohl and Michael Stohl), and working on a book to be published by Cambridge University Press. My research in this area has been funded by a Google Research Award.

Datafication and anticipatory governance: Big data and algorithms play increasingly important roles in attempts to predict, measure and govern, and this new project looks at how organizations such as Internet companies, think tanks and international organizations turn digital traces into actionable and anticipatory knowledge. My work in this area is part of a five-year research project funded by a major grant from the Swedish Riksbank and led by Christina Garsten.

I have recently been appointed to the government’s Data Ethics Council, and the board of the Danish NGO Børns Vilkår. I also serve on the Advisory Boards of the Disruption Task Force, the think tank DataEthics and the DataJusticeLab at Cardiff University. Also, I am on the Editorial Boards of the international journals Organization Theory, Communication Theory and Big Data&Society.

Primary research areas
  • Global Internet governance
  • Transparency in and around organizations
  • Big data and governance
  • Internet industry
  • Corporate advocacy
  • Networks
Administrative tasks

Programme director for BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management at Copenhagen Business School.

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Communication in a Datafied World, CM(kom) & Digitalisering, organisation og samfund, Master of Management Development


PhD and master's students

Selected publications

Flyverbom, M (2019): The Digital Prism: Transparency and Managed Visibilities in a Datafied World, Cambridge University Press

Flyverbom, Deibert and Matten (2019) The Governance of Digital Technology, Big Data, and the Internet : New Roles and Responsibilities for Business, Business & Society, Vol. 58, No. 1, 1, p. 3-19

Flyverbom, M and Murray, J. (2018) Datastructuring: Organizing and Curating Digital Traces into Action, Big Data & Society, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2018

Flyverbom, L., Leonardi, P., Stohl, C., Stohl, M. (2016) The Management of Visibilities in the Digital Age : Introduction, International Journal of Communication, Vol. 10, p. 98–109

Publications sorted by:
Mikkel Flyverbom; Christina Garsten / Anticipation and Organization : Seeing, Knowing and Governing Futures.
In: Organization Theory, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2021
Journal article > peer review
John Murray; Mikkel Flyverbom / Datafied Corporate Political Activity : Updating Corporate Advocacy For a Digital Era.
In: Organization, Vol. 28, No. 4, 7.2021, p. 621-640
Journal article > peer review
Mikkel Flyverbom / Den digitale mediemagts politiske økonomi
In: Klassisk og moderne medieteori. ed. /Mikkel Fugl Eskjær ; Mette Mortensen . København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2021, p. 457-469
Book chapter > peer review
Mikkel Flyverbom; Frederik Schade / Influencer-staten
In: Fra velfærdsstat til overvågningsstat : Algoritmernes magt i den offentlige forvaltning. . ed. /Kim Escherich ; Michael Jarlner . København : Djøf Forlag 2021, p. 133-156
Book chapter
Mikkel Flyverbom / Book Review: Jana Costas and Chris Grey Secrecy at Work: The Hidden Architecture of Organizational Life
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 41, No. 10, 10.2020, p. 1460-1463
Book review > peer review
Mikkel Flyverbom / Digital Powers : Surveillance and Economic Logics in a Datafied World.
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 20, No. 3, 8.2020, p. 245-253
Book review
Mikkel Flyverbom; Anders Koed Madsen / Telegraph
In: The Oxford Handbook of Media, Technology, and Organization Studies. ed. /Timon Beyes; Robin Holt; Claus Pias. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2020, p. 452-463
Book chapter > peer review
Nanna Bonde Thylstrup; Mikkel Flyverbom; Rasmus Helles / Datafied Knowledge Production : Introduction to the Special Theme.
In: Big Data & Society, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2019, 5 p.
Mikkel Flyverbom; Glen Whelan / Digital Transformations, Informed Realities, and Human Conduct
In: Human Rights in the Age of Platforms. ed. /Rikke Frank Jørgensen. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press 2019, p. 53-72
Book chapter > peer review
Rasmus Helles; Mikkel Flyverbom / Meshes of Surveillance, Prediction, and Infrastructure : On the Cultural and Commercial Consequences of Digital Platforms.
In: Surveillance & Society, Vol. 17, No. 1/2, 2019, p. 34-39
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities

Name of contractual partner

Duration of activity 

Type of activity

Karnov Group

December 2018


Ledelse i dag December 2018 Talks

Swedish Association of Communication Professionals

Februar 2019

Professional development course


Marts 2019


Copydan/conference at Christianborg

September 2019


Lægevidenskabeligt Selskab

January 2020

February- April 2021


Speaker at conferences

Swedish Communication Association February 2020 Teaching
Politiken Spring 2018 - ongoing Regular column on tech
Børns Vilkår 2019 - ongoing Board member
Dataetisk Råd 2019 - ongoing Member
Digitaliseringspartnerskab 2019 - ongoing Member
Danish Industry and the IT University 2021 Moderator (talk with Danish Tech Ambassador Anne Marie Engtoft and author Carissa Veliz)
Gentofte Kommune 2021 Talk