Crisis-driven digital transformation: Examining the online university triggered 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 communication 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.
TitelLUT Scientific and Expertise Publications
Antal sider12
Publikationsdato7 jun. 2020
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-952-335-466-1
StatusUdgivet - 7 jun. 2020
BegivenhedISPIM innovation conference: Innovating in Times of Crisis - Virtual Event
Varighed: 7 jun. 202010 jun. 2020
Konferencens nummer: 31


KonferenceISPIM innovation conference
LokationVirtual Event

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