Organizing for Data: Crafting Data Elements in the ‘Data-Driven’ Hospital
Ass Professor Kathleen H. Pine,
Arizona State University
When: April 4, 2019, at 10:30-11:30,
Where: Room 5.0.22 at CSS, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, building 5
Organizations in a variety of sectors are adopting an array of techniques known broadly as “data-driven” and “algorithmic” management. New information technologies increase the availability of high-quality information available in real time, which is resulting in ever-richer virtual representations of the activities and knowledge of organizations. While a body of recent literature examines how data-driven management and algorithms shape organizational functioning, little scholarly attention has been paid to how organizations must organize around the creation of data itself. We are not talking about the “data-driven organization” as promised in popular narratives, rather the practices of “organizing for data” that are a precursor to that illusive organizational form.
What are the practices of crafting data? We use this question as the foundation for a multi-sited ethnographic study of multiple hospitals and a