Institut for Organisation


Kontor: KIL/14.A-4.54
E-mail: up.ioa@cbs.dk
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My research focuses on how digital technologies become intertwined with organizational phenomena and transform various aspects of work. For instance, I have studied how automation, new shared digital platforms, and various communication technologies afford new professional relations, new managerial work, and new power relations.

In the coming years, I will lead a large collaborative research project together with Lise Justesen on the invisible work that follows from digitalizing organizations. Our cases are public sector organizations, which have ambitious digitalization agendas, and we hope to offer knowledge about how efficiency ambitions often clash with the emergence of new everyday work tasks in digitalized organizations. 

Primære forskningsområder
Digital organizing
Digitalization of public sector organizations
Digitalization and changing tasks, professional relations and managerial work


Administrative opgaver
PhD Coordinator at the Department of Organization
Curriculum Vitae
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Digitalization, organization and management (Master of Public Governance)

Digitalization and organization (BA in Business Administration and Psychology) – course coordinator

Organizing Digitalization (CM Strategy, Organization and Leadership) – course coordinator


PhD Supervision

Louise Jørring (2020-): Invisible Casework in the Automated Public Sector 

Jack Jones (IOA, 2019-): Opening up disruption: a study of fintech in the Danish financial sector

Cecilie Kampmann (IOA, 2017-): Short of time: Organization, work and technology among the kinetic elite

Emil Krastrup Husted (IOA, 2014-17): There is always an alternative: A study of control and commitment in political organization

Andreas Kamstrup (IOA, 2012-17): Crowdsourcing and the architectural competition as organisational technologies

Jacob Brogaard-Kay (secondary supervisor) (IOA, 2012-15): Constituting Performance Management. A field study of a Pharmaceutical Company.

Mie Plotnikov (secondary supervisor) (IOA, 2014-15): Challenges of Collaborative Governance – An Organizational Discourse Study of Public Managers’ Struggles with Collaboration across the Daycare Area

Lone Christensen (secondary supervisor) (MPP, 2014-): En kvalificering af proceskonsulenters arbejde med strategi-implementering

Andre undervisningsaktiviteter
Course coordinator, Digitalisering og organisering, HA (Psyk) 
Course coordinator in Digitalization, Organization and Management (Master of Public Governance)


Udvalgte publikationer
  • 2021: ‘Digitalize and deny: Pluralistic collective ignorance in an algorithmic profiling project’ in ephemera – theory and politics in organization (online first) (with Lise Justesen)
  • 2021: ‘The Double Darkness of Digitalization: Shaping Digital-ready legislation to reshape the conditions for Public-Sector Digitalization’ in Science, Technology and Human Values (online first) (with Lise Justesen)
  • 2020: ’Managerial Work with Digitalization: A Multi-Sited Ethnographic Approach to Data and Data-driven Management in Practice’ in The Routledge Companion to Anthropology and Business (eds) Raza Mir & Anne-Laure Fayard. New York, Routledge (with Lise Justesen).
  • 2020: Digital Organizing – revisiting themes in organization studies, Palgrave Macmillan/Red Globe (with Emil Husted)
  • 2020: ‘Reassembling Cultural Journalism in the Digital Age’ in Technology and Creativity: Production, Mediation and Evaluation in the Digital Age, (eds.) Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen, Barbara Slavich, Mukti Khaire, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 211-238.
  • 2019: ’New media and strategy research: towards a relational agency approach’ in International Journal of Management Reviews. (with Gulbrandsen, I.T. and Raviola, E.) 
  • 2018: ’Fra skøn til algoritme: Digitaliseringsklar lovgivning og automatisering af administrativ sagsbehandling’ i Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv 20 (3), 9-23 (with Lise Justesen)
  • 2018: ‘The Transformation of Work in Digitized Public Sector Organizations’ in Journal of Organizational Change Management 31 (5), 1176-1190 (with Lise Justesen & Cecilie Glerup)
  • 2017: 'Spaces of open-source politics: Physical and digital conditions for political organization' in Organization 24(5) (with Emil Husted)
  • 2016: ‘Digital Technologies and a Changing Profession: New Management Devices, Practices and Power Relations in News Work’ in Journal of Organizational Change Management 29 (7) (with Elena Raviola)
Publikationer sorteret efter:
Ursula Plesner; Lise Justesen / Digitalize and Deny : Pluralistic Collective Ignorance in an Algortihmic Profiling Project.
I: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, 2022
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Ursula Plesner; Emil Husted / L'organizzazione digitale
Bologna : Il Mulino 2022, 320 s.
Bog > peer review
Ursula Plesner; Lise Justesen / The Double Darkness of Digitalization : Shaping Digital-ready Legislation to Reshape the Conditions for Public-sector Digitalization.
I: Science, Technology & Human Values, Vol. 47, Nr. 1, 1.2022, s. 146-173
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
Ursula Plesner; Lise Justesen / Digitalize and Deny : Pluralistic Collective Ignorance in an Algorithmic Profiling Project.
Paper presented at 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, 2021
Paper > peer review
Emil Husted; Ursula Plesner / Et eklektisk blik på politisk organisering : Diskursteori, materiel semiotik og affektteori.
I: Eklektiske analysestrategier. red. /Emil Husted; Justine Grønbæk Pors . Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur 2021, s. 87-112
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Till J. Winkler; Simon Krogh; Ursula Plesner; Lise Justesen; Tina Blegind Jensen / A Real “Killer” Application? : Organization-system Misfits of the Danish Health Platform.
I: Proceedings of the 41st International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). red. /Joey George; Souren Paul; Rahul De'; Elena Karahanna; Suprateek Sarker; Gal Oestreicher-Singer. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) 2020 (Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems)
Konferencebidrag i proceedings > peer review
Lise Justesen; Ursula Plesner; Cecilie Glerup / Arbejdets forandring i digitaliserede offentlige organisationer
I: Digitalisering i offentlig forvaltning. red. /Jesper Hundebøl; Anja Svejgaard Pors; Lars Hove Sørensen. Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur 2020, s. 151-164
Bidrag til bog/antologi
Ursula Plesner; Emil Husted / Digital Organizing : Revisiting Themes in Organization Studies.
London : Red Globe Press 2020, 272 s.
Bog > peer review
Ursula Plesner; Lise Justesen / Managerial Work with Digitalization : A Multi-Sited Ethnographic Approach to Data and Data-Driven Management in Practice.
I: The Routledge Companion to Anthropology and Business. red. /Raza Mir; Anne-Laure Fayard. New York : Routledge 2020, s. 258-277 (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Marketing)
Bidrag til bog/antologi > peer review
Ib T. Gulbrandsen; Ursula Plesner; Elena Raviola / New Media and Strategy Research : Towards a Relational Agency Approach.
I: International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 22, Nr. 1, 1.2020, s. 33-52
Tidsskriftartikel > peer review
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University of Copenhagen, central administration
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