Accelerated Digital Transformation: The Case of The Online University Caused By Covid-19

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The Covid-19 pandemic has major negative consequences for health and economy. At the same time, the crisis paves the way for innovation. In the university sector, societal measures implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19 have made all teaching activities 100% digital, in effect creating the online university overnight. In this paper, we present an empirical account of this extreme situation. Based on an explorative case study of how it was possible for the social science faculty at a Danish university to undergo accelerated digital transformation, we identify three salient themes that capture the immediate organizational response: (1) leveraging existing resources, (2) intensified communica-tion and (3) re-organizing core activities. We contribute with preliminary empirical insights into the practicalities of accelerating digital transformation, especially the importance of mobilizing the organization’s existing resources and knowledge as well as the organizational actors’ helpfulness and willingness to share, learn, innovate and self-organize. Theoretically, we propose and substantiate the concept of accelerated digital transformation and present a model that summarizes the identified themes.
TidsskriftIRIS: Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia
Udgave nummer11
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedIRIS/SCIS Conference 2020 - Online / Virtual , Sundsvall, Sverige
Varighed: 9 aug. 202012 aug. 2020


KonferenceIRIS/SCIS Conference 2020
LokationOnline / Virtual

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