Lunch UP: New Institutions for a New Economic Order
Urban and Regional Planning Ph.D. Candidate, Taubman College
Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organizations, Ross School of Business
Ubiquitous information and communication technologies are radically changing what organizations look like, and in many cases rendering formal organizations unsustainable. As ongoing organizations are replaced by supply chains and pop-up enterprises, we face renewed philosophical questions around ontology (what counts as a “firm?”), epistemology (can organizations know things?), and ethics (who can and should be held responsible in a world of dispersed enterprise?). Organization theorists have a number of advantages in helping construct both new theories and new institutions to help channel the economic forces unleashed by ICTs for human benefit. In this LunchUP we provide the background of this new economic order and then open it up for a discussion on the role of planners in mitigating and theorizing the political and spatial manifestation of these changes.
These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.