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040220 SE Seminar Organization and Personnel (MA) (2020S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Summary

1 Vetschera , Moodle

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).
Registration information is available for each group.

Groups

Group 1

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

max. 24 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the switch to distance learning, the seminar will be transformed to online teaching. All sessions will be held at the indicated date and time via BigBlueButton in Moodle.
Please upload your presentation to the folder "Presentation upload" in Moodle, it will then be available in the BBB session.

If you are presenting, please joint the BBB session 5 minutes before the seminar starts to test the setup for presentation.

Please read the instructions for BBB at
https://wiki.univie.ac.at/display/homelearning/BigBlueButton+for+students
before joining the online session

Monday 02.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Monday 04.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 04.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 11.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 18.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 25.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 15.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 22.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 29.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital

Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar is devoted to current topics in organization theory, specific topics will be announced and assigned in the first unit. In addition to this substantive element, the seminar also serves as a training in writing scientific papers, to prepare you for writing the Master thesis.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students must prepare written papers (in groups of at most two students) and present them to class. A first draft of the paper has to be handed in one week before presentation. Papers may be revised to create a final version (due at the end of the semester) after presentation. For each paper, two discussants will be assigned who have to prepare a brief (about one page) discussion statement on their colleague's work. Active participation in classroom discussion will also be evaluated.

The total score for the course is therefore based on:

Seminar paper (55%)

Presentation (20%)

Discussion paper (15%)

Active participation in discussions (10%)

All papers submitted will be checked for plagiarism and rules the rules published on our homepage will be strictly enforced.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The goal of the seminar is twofold: the substantive goal is to develop insights into central questions of organization theory using current literature. Furthermore, students write and present their own papers based on scientific results, this will prepare them for their work on the master thesis.
50% of the total course points are required to pass the course

Reading list

Initial literature will be provided. Students are expected to perform their own literature research and include additional references in their papers.

Group 2

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

max. 24 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This course will be held online via Moodle.

Wednesday 11.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 24.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 9 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 24.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 24.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Wednesday 24.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Wednesday 24.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Wednesday 24.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 25.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 25.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 25.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 25.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 25.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 26.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 26.06. 11:30 - 13:05 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Friday 26.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 26.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock

Aims, contents and method of the course

Digitalization and the Future of Work
“I look forward, therefore, in days not so very remote, to the greatest change, which has ever occurred in the material environment of life for human beings in the aggregate.”
John Maynard Keynes (1933)

In a remarkable letter to his imaginary grandchildren, economist John Maynard Keynes envisioned a world where men are freed from painful work and were able to focus on abundant leisure in 2030. In the next decade upon us, he imagined, we “can look forward to the age of leisure and of abundance without a dread“. Yet while machines, robots, or algorithms are thought to solve very many of today´s problems, there is a growing unease that the algorithmic economy will not be as pleasant as Keynes conceived of. Evidently, as Derek Thompson wrote for The Atlantic, “while many people hate their jobs, they are considerably more miserable doing nothing.” Hence, the conundrum pertains as to what the consequences are that an increased digitalization and computerization of work will bring about.
Predictions range from a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (Roberto Saracco) to the end of the human race (Stephen Hawking). While it is certainly conceivable that digitalization brings very many changes to the better, many arguments to the contrary are equally popular. As we are in somewhat uncharted territory, it is about time to replace fear and personal opinion, with scientific evidence. The goal of this seminar is therefore to understand the changes and consequences that digitalization poses for the individual worker, companies, HR policies, and collective societies.
1) The Platform Economy and Gig Work
2) Gig work and entrepreneurship
3) Measuring the Gig Economy
4) Working in uncertain times
5) Consequences of Gig work for employees
6) Workplace automation and job creation/destruction
7) Economic consequences of technological change
8) Labor Market Polarization
9) Skills for the digital age
10) Big Data and HR Analytics
11) HRM and new technologies
12) Digital Leadership

Assessment and permitted materials

General information:
This course willl be held online via Moodle.
(1) There will be an introductory meeting of this seminar on 11.03.2020 in room SR 5. During this meeting, we will check the topic assignments. Thus, attendance is absolutely necessary. “No-show”-students may be replaced by students registered on the “waiting list” who agree to comply with the seminar rules.
(2) Complete attendance of each session of the seminar is obligatory. Absolutely no exceptions apply. Leaves will only be granted in cases of illnesses or if the person demanding a leave is required to participate in an official activity of the University, Faculty, or Institute. In the first case, the doctor’s medical certificate must be presented to the group’s office immediately (i. e. latest by the first working day following the absence day). Failure to comply with this rule leads to a no-pass grade. Passing grades can generally not be earned by students who miss more than 20% of the total class-time.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final grade will be calculated as the weighted average of the grades for the seminar paper (40 %), for the presentation (40 %), and for classroom participation (20 %).
Beurteilungsmaßstab:
50 Punkte: Nicht genügend
50 bis <62,5 Punkte: Genügend
62,5 bis < 75 Punkte: Befriedigend
75 bis < 87,5 Punkte: Gut
87,5 bis 100 Punkte: Sehr gut

Reading list

Topic 1
• Lehdonvirta, V., Kässi, O., Hjorth, I., Barnard, H., & Graham, M. (2019). The global platform economy: A new offshoring institution enabling emerging-economy microproviders. Journal of management, 45(2), 567-599.
• Green, D. D. (2018). Fueling the Gig Economy: A Case Study Evaluation of Upwork. com. Management and Economics Research Journal, 4(2018), 3399.
Topic 2
• Kuhn, K. M., & Maleki, A. (2017). Micro-entrepreneurs, dependent contractors, and instaserfs: Understanding online labor platform workforces. Academy of Management Perspectives, 31(3), 183-200.
• Burtch, G., Carnahan, S., & Greenwood, B. N. (2018). Can you gig it? An empirical examination of the gig economy and entrepreneurial activity. Management Science, 64(12), 5497-5520.
Topic 3
• Abraham, K. G., Haltiwanger, J., Sandusky, K., & Spletzer, J. (2019, May). The Rise of the Gig Economy: Fact or Fiction?. In: AEA Papers and Proceedings (Vol. 109, pp. 357-61).
• Kässi, O., & Lehdonvirta, V. (2018). Online labour index: Measuring the online gig economy for policy and research. Technological forecasting and social change, 137, 241-248.
Topic 4
• Alberti, G., Bessa, I., Hardy, K., Trappmann, V., & Umney, C. (2018). In, Against and Beyond Precarity: Work in Insecure Times. Work, Employment and Society, 32(3), 447-457.
• Malin, B. J., & Chandler, C. (2016). Free to work anxiously: Splintering precarity among drivers for Uber and Lyft. Communication, Culture & Critique, 10(2), 382-400.
Topic 5
• Graham, M., Hjorth, I., & Lehdonvirta, V. (2017). Digital labour and development: impacts of global digital labour platforms and the gig economy on worker livelihoods. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 23(2), 135-162.
• Kost, D., Fieseler, C., & Wong, S. I. (2019). Boundaryless careers in the gig economy: An oxymoron?. Human Resource Management Journal.
Topic 6
• Frey, C. B., & Osborne, M. A. (2017). The future of employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?. Technological forecasting and social change, 114, 254-280.
• Acemoglu, D., & Restrepo, P. (2019). Automation and new tasks: how technology displaces and reinstates labor. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 33(2), 3-30.
Topic 7
• Graetz, G., & Michaels, G. (2018). Robots at work. Review of Economics and Statistics, 100(5), 753-768.
• Autor, David, H. (2015). Why are there still so many jobs? The history and future of workplace automation. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 29(3), 3-30.
Topic 8
• Michaels, G., Natraj, A., & Van Reenen, J. (2014). Has ICT polarized skill demand? Evidence from eleven countries over twenty-five years. Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(1), 60-77.
• Goos, M., & Manning, A. (2007). Lousy and lovely jobs: The rising polarization of work in Britain. The review of economics and statistics, 89(1), 118-133.
Topic 9
• Beaudry, P., Green, D. A., & Sand, B. M. (2016). The great reversal in the demand for skill and cognitive tasks. Journal of Labor Economics, 34(S1), S199-S247.
• Deming, D. J. (2017). The growing importance of social skills in the labor market. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 132(4), 1593-1640.
Topic 10
• Marler, J. H., & Boudreau, J. W. (2017). An evidence-based review of HR Analytics. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28(1), 3-26.
• Shah, N., Irani, Z., & Sharif, A. M. (2017). Big data in an HR context: Exploring organizational change readiness, employee attitudes and behaviors. Journal of Business Research, 70, 366-378.
Topic 11
• Strohmeier, S. (2018). Smart HRM–a Delphi study on the application and consequences of the Internet of Things in Human Resource Management. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 1-30.
• Angrave, D., Charlwood, A., Kirkpatrick, I., Lawrence, M., & Stuart, M. (2016). HR and analytics: why HR is set to fail the big data challenge. Human Resource Management Journal, 26(1), 1-11.
Topic 12
• El Sawy, O. A., Kræmmergaard, P., Ams

Information

Examination topics

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Association in the course directory

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