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A Survival Kit for Social Media in the Workplace

In our re:publica 18 session, Shirley Ogolla and I were talking about Enterprise Social Software – and how both workers and managers can survive in this dense jungle.

This talk stems from our collaboration in the project „Competing and Complementing“ (Cocos), funded by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, where we investigate the influence of social software on worker’s councils. In what follows, you can find more information on the research we referenced to in our talk.

We begin by describing data processing in organizations, where information and knowlegde are obviously key to absorb, find, store, pass on and translate these into action (Leonardi 2007). Enterprise Social Networks (ESN) should make it easy to share the right kind of information at the right point in time to the right people.

O’Dell and Grayson (1998) summarized lessons on how to share knowledge in organizations. They emphasized how difficult it is for people to get the right kind of information to the right people at the right time.

Riemer et al. (2015) investigated the ESN of Deloitte Australia from top to bottom and found that formal  hierarchies significantly influence communication structures at the beginning of an ESN implementation.

Zuchowski et al. (2016) analyzed the current literature on internal crowdsourcing. They highlight the potential effects on organizational culture and where it works best. Moreover, Richter et al. (2016) looked at the role of managers in ESNs.

If you’d like to learn more, you can also read an interview by Diana Figueroa and me in Shift/ed News.

Surviving Social Media In The Workplace: A Kit

Next week, Berlin will host one of Europe’s largest conferences on Internet and society – re:publica 18. Shirley Ogolla and I will be speakers in the Business and Innovation track. In our talk, we will explain how employees and employers can „survive“ in the jungle of social media in the workplace.

You can find more information in the re:publica programme. I will also publish the video recording of our talk here.


Eine Geschichte des Scheiterns – Science Slam im Lido, Berlin

Beim Nikolaus Science Slam im abermals ausverkauften Lido habe ich dieses Mal eine Geschichte vom Scheitern über die gelungenen und weniger gelungen Teile einer angewandten Studie zu internem Crowdsourcing berichtet. Das Publikum und die Atmosphäre waren großartig, also schaut mal rein…

Konkurrent und Komplementär – Neues Projekt für die Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

Unter dem Titel „Konkurrent und Komplementär“ haben wir am FZI, gemeinsam mit dem Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG), ein neues zweijähriges Projekt im Forschungsverbund „Digitalisierung, Mitbestimmung, Gute Arbeit“ der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung gestartet.

Science Slam im Planetarium

Im Rahmen der Berlin Science Week findet am Mittwoch, 1.11., ein Science Slam im Zeiss-Großplanetarium statt. Ich bin live auf der Bühne. Alle Infos unter

„Dieser Blockchain-Wald forstet sich selbst auf!“ – WIRED über unser neues Forschungsprojekt

Sofie Czilwik hat für die WIRED einen wunderbaren Artikel über unser Forschungsprojekt „Bioökonomie 4.0“ geschrieben, was ich für das FZI ab Oktober betreue. Im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung arbeiten wir gemeinsam mit dem Wuppertal Institut, inter3, Zebralog und der Universität der Künste an neuen Ansätzen für eine gesellschaftliche Debatte zur Bioökonomie 4.0.

Crowdsourcing in a Public Organization: Transformation and Culture

From August 10th to 12th, I was lucky enough to attend the 23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems. I presented our paper „Crowdsourcing in a Public Organization: Transformation and Culture,“ where we develop an IT artifact that enables employees to participate in the strategic decision-making processes at their organization. Working with an organization that had a quite hierarchical structure with fixed processes, we found an IT culture conflict as crowdsourcing requires an open and more transparent culture. Nonetheless, our study shows that crowdsourcing can help to transform organizations, if you mind the organizational culture.

I’m honored that my paper was nominated by SIGOSRA as one of the best papers at the conference and that I was named Best Reviewer by SIGEGOV.

People Analytics und Künstliche Intelligenz – Was steckt hinter Kollege Watson?

Auf der diesjährigen re:publica stellte IBM unter dem Titel „Kollege Watson hilft dem Personaler“ seine Lösungen im Bereich der Künstlichen Intelligenz (KI) und deren Anwendung im HR-Kontext vor. Watson wird dabei als kognitives System vorgestellt, das Verstehen, Folgern und Lernen kann. Welche technischen Innovationen stecken hinter Watson und was können sie für den HR-Bereich bedeuten?

Deutsche Welle Interview: Shift Blockchain

Noch am Rande der re:publica hatte mich die Deutsche Welle für ihr Magazin „Shift – Leben in der digitalen Welt“ zum Thema Blockchain interviewt. Der Beitrag ist nun online zu sehen unter und beleuchtet ganz spannende Anwendungsfälle der Technologie im Kunst- und Diamantenbereich.

Blockchange – How Science Revolutionizes Democracy, Work and Nature Using Blockchain

Bitcoin is already transforming the financial industry. The technology behind it – Blockchain – has great potential to revolutionize many other areas of our lives too. In my talk at re:publica 17, I explore Blockchain applications under way in the fields of nature, democracy and work.

If you’d like to learn more about it, here are some interesting links:

  1. terra0 is an art project on a self-owning augmented forest. There’s also some code on Github. If you’d like to learn more about Uber and Waymo, you might want to read this Economist article.
    We are going to start a large-scale research project based on the terra0 concept later this year. Stay in touch!
  2. Ralph Merkle wrote a paper on the DAO Democracy, which draws on ideas related to Futarchy by Robin Hanson. There’s a paper in Science on the promise of prediction markets. Also there are two excellent interviews with both Merkle and Hanson on Epicenter.
    You can trade on the prediction market developed by my colleagues at KIT, on For those interested in the costs of a German road charge, see this piece at (German). If you’d like to learn more about my research on democracy, watch my re:publica 15 talk or refer to my publications list.
  3. Consensus Systems applies the blockchain to get rid of hierarchies and to implement a Holocracy-like corporate governance system. There is a great interview with its founder, Joe Lubin, in Duke’s CE magazine. And you can learn more about Liquid Holocray at CoinDesk.
    You can also verify my claim of the correlation between city scaling and innovation in this PNAS article. I borrowed the analogy to corporate growth from Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos).

For further information on the blockchain technology, you may also join the Blockchain Network by KIT’s Institite of Information Systems and Marketing and follow our research group.

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