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*Call for Papers: **The Future of Organizations in the Age of Digital
Transformation - A Critical Discussion Beyond Marketing and Buzzwords*

*Guest Editors:*
Susanne Durst, University of Skövde (Sweden)
Serdal Temel, Ege University (Turkey)
Pia Ulvenblad, Halmstad University (Sweden)

*Special Issue*

The need for preparing for the digital transformation is a recurrent theme
in the current public and academic debate. What is striking is that these
debates are characterized by a strong imagery that praises the
opportunities of digitalization in the highest possible terms (often
pronounced by IT consultancy firms and IT scholars). Here it sometimes
seems that it does not really matter what the problem is – the answer will
come from the application of advanced IT technologies. In addition, it is
played with the fear, which is amplified by uncertainty and ignorance, of
people by using, again, a strong imagery that is geared to show that
without a short-term realization of the digital transformation
organizations (or even entire countries) will lose out. Likely consequences
are obvious, organizations including policymakers approach the digital
transformation by means of ad hoc solutions, e.g. the order of new
software, thereby overlooking the crucial need of understanding the
structural and cultural contexts that they are supposed to benefit. What if
a too strong focus on digitalization in terms of collecting and storing
data will actually lead to (even) more formalization and documentation in
organizations (because it is possible to do it) and thus take away valuable
time from focusing on creativity and innovation. If we instead talk about
sustainable (or living) digitalization, what will we then imagine?

Against this background, from the research side, there is an urgent need to
discuss the digital transformation and its possible differential
implications on private and public organizations from a more balanced point
of view. Thus it is claimed that researchers should approach the digital
transformation and its consequences on organizations and their future with
more scrutiny and reflection. As we know from research that (technological)
innovation rarely yields the consequences expected.

Therefore, we encourage scholars and practitioners to share their
reflective and critical ideas about the future of different types of
organizations considering both the opportunities and challenges provided by
the digital transformation. Submissions, adopting different theoretical
lenses and worldviews, using different research methods, analyzing
different types of organizations (e.g. small and medium-sized enterprises)
and exploring the topic in different cultural settings are strongly
encouraged. Conceptual papers and contributions from disciplines other than
business and management are welcome as well.


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Full papers for this special issue of management revue – Socio-Economic
Studies must be submitted by *September 15, 2019*. All contributions will
be subject to double-blind review. Papers invited to a “revise and
resubmit” are due January 31, 2020. The publication is scheduled for issue
4/2020. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission
system at using “SI Digitalization Beyond
Marketing and Buzzwords” as article section.

*Submission Guidelines*
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and
the norm should be 30 pages in double-spaced type with margins of about 3
cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines
on the journal's website <> and submit
the papers electronically by sending a “blind” copy of your manuscript
(delete all author identification from this primary document).

*Hoping to hear from you!*
Susanne Durst <[log in to unmask]> (corresponding guest editor), Serdal
Temel and Pia Ulvenblad

Venlig hilsen/Kind regards
*Simon Fietze*
Associate Professor
Editor-in-Chief of management revue - Socio-Economic Studies
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