The Nordic Centre for Internet and Society had a very strong presence at this year's Academy of Management (AOM) meeting. The conference took place in Chicago from August 10-14 and had over 11000 attendants from across the world. It is the leading academic conference in business and management research, with BI being a key sponsor.
Together with leading HRM researchers, Sut I Wong and Christian Fieseler hosted a successful personal development workshop on HRM, crowdsourcing and online labor platforms. The workshop led to engaging discussions on the potentials and challenges of digital platforms for workers and HR managers.
Nordic Centre alumna Marthe Berntzen and Sut I presented a paper entitled Transformational Leadership and Leader-Member Exchange in Virtual Teams within a session on global teams and social media. Moreover, Sut I, Christian and Nordic Centre alumna Dominique Kost had a paper on job-career (in-)congruence in the gig economy that was well received.
Christian and Kateryna Maltseva, together with collaborator Hannah Trittin (Leuphana University of Lüneburg) showcased their ongoing research on gamification and sustainability communication.
Finally, the Nordic Centre was strongly represented in a session about the sharing economy, with two talks out of three featuring Nordic Centre author teams: Eliane Bucher presented a paper co-authored with Christian, Christoph Lutz and Gemma Newlands about emotional labor and emotional management in sharing economy transactions. Finally, Gemma's and Christoph's paper User Perceptions of Fairness and Regulation in the Sharing Economy dealt with the relationship between fairness percepctions of sharing platforms and regulatory desirability, showing that when sharing users think that sharing platforms act fairly they see less need for regulation.
During the paper sessions, workshops and many informal conversations we received very valuable feedback for our work going forward, and explored opportunities to further enlarge our network of international collaborators. We are thankful for the opportunity to present our work on the social issues of the digital economy, and are looking forward to the next academy conference.