Research at CITO draws on a range of historically sensitive and empirically informed research traditions, including organisation/management studies, science and technology studies, information studies, market studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography, history, philosophy, and political science.
The intellectual traditions and approaches that inform our work lead us to question instrumental and historically progressive narratives of technosocial innovation in organisational contexts. We value and wholeheartedly embrace meaningful and constructive forms of social critique that aspire to building better business organisations and social institutions for our collective human flourishing.
Our research is captured by three broad, interrelated themes:
Efficient, reliable and secure Digital Information Infrastructures are seen as key for connection, innovation and growth in our modern age. They require significant and ongoing investments as the capacity and quality needs of a growing and increasingly reliant user base continue to grow. In addition to examining a range of issues pertaining to the design, development and implementation of these infrastructures, research at CITO also focuses on challenges associated with power and governance– issues examined include data privacy, trust, cybersecurity, ethics, and sustainability.
As digital technologies and applications become ubiquitous across both public and private domains, a variety of new (but also very familiar) organisational, socio-cultural, and political implications and challenges surface. Research that falls under this theme focuses, for example, on how digital technologies are being implicated in the (re)organisation and delivery of services, such as healthcare; how blockchain technology is powering decentralised modes of value exchange and social coordination and how we might understand the role of cryptocurrencies in reshaping digital media and the social world more generally.
What does it mean to work in a technological age? This theme focuses on the implications of increasing technologisation for our human ways of organising, collaborating, learning and leading. Central to our research agenda are questions such as - how are we constituted as distinctive kinds of human subjects in a technological age? What kinds of leadership practices and skills are important for developing people and communities in good and sustainable ways? Under what kinds of organisational and institutional conditions are people likely to be brought out at their best? In short, we explore how technology might be appropriated in ways that contribute to our collective flourishing.