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*Seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik (April 11-15th, 2016) & Special Issue of
Management Revue*

Working life is undergoing a radical change in which new digital
technologies are changing the nature of labour and its organizational forms
in a pervasive manner, regardless of whether it concerns qualified
professionals or labourers. The framework, which previously regulated the
content of work, as well as when, where and how it would be conducted is
being reconsidered. A process that presents both challenges and

One fundamental aspect of ICT is that it can make employees more accessible
to others and allow work to become more available to the employee. Easy
access to ICT functions (e.g., email, text and voice messages), for
example, enable employees to continue working after leaving the office for
the day. This ease of access may have both positive and negative effects.
Although much of the research focus to date has concentrated on how ICT may
act as demands, stressors or certain characteristics of ICT can enhance
work-life balance, employee satisfaction, well-being and productivity.

Another aspect of new digital technologies concerns the manner in which the
work process is monitored and controlled. Surveillance in the workplace is
not a novelty. Nor is it unreasonable to expect that employers have both
rights and reasons to do so. To a certain extent, of course. However,
increasing availability of relatively inexpensive and easy to use
technology, for example software monitoring programs, enables employers to
expand the range and scope of their control over their employees’
activities. The increase in potential methods to track and monitor employee
behaviour poses questions that concern where the borders for personal
integrity are drawn. Who has the right to personal details, and at what
point? In what way does this monitoring affect the social relations between
employer and employee in terms of control, autonomy and trust?

Digital technology, in computers, phones or in the “Internet of things”
also provides tools that enable the standardization of work on a completely
different level than previously. For some workers, we see a degradation and
depletion of work, and also that the control of work is increasing; a
development that is usually described using the concept of “Digital
Taylorism.” How does this development affect the working man or the working

In the special issue and the corresponding seminar (IUC Dubrovnik
<>, 11.-15.April 2016), we would like to discuss our
topic in an appropriately broad and interdisciplinary manner. We are
particularly interested in questions such as:

   - Virtual work and stress
   - Digital technologies and work-family boundaries
   - Virtual teams and E-leadership
   - Digital Taylorism
   - Virtual work and trust
   - Digital surveillance

This is not an exhaustive list.

Potential contributors to the *seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik* are encouraged
to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages *before January 31st, 2016* electronically
via Management Revue’s online submission system at using ‘IUC Dubrovnik’ as
article section.

All contributors to the seminar are invited to submit their paper for
the *special
issue of Management Revue*. Full papers must be submitted *by July 31st,
2016*. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers
invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due October 31st, 2016. Please
submit your papers electronically via the online submission system at using ‘SI Digital Working Life’
as article section.

*Hoping to hear from you!*

Mikael Ottosson <[log in to unmask]>
Calle Rosengren <[log in to unmask]>
Doris Holtmann <[log in to unmask]>
Wenzel Matiaske <[log in to unmask]>

Med venlig hilsen/Kind regards
*Simon Fietze*
Adjunkt/Assistant Professor

Syddansk Universitet
Institut for Grænseregionsforskning
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