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Research Handbook on Digital Transformations

Edited by F. Xavier Olleros and Majlinda Zhegu, Associate Professors of Innovation Management, École des Sciences de la Gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
The digital transition of our economies is now entering a phase of broad and deep societal impact. While there is one overall transition, there are many different sectoral transformations, from health and legal services to tax reports and taxi rides, as well as a rising number of transversal trends and policy issues, from widespread precarious employment and privacy concerns to market monopoly and cybercrime. They all are fertile ground for researchers, as established laws and regulations, organizational structures, business models, value networks and workflow routines are contested and displaced by newer alternatives. This Research Handbook offers a rich and interdisciplinary synthesis of some of the current thinking on the digital transformations underway.
Extent: 480 pp
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Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 775 9
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  • Business and Management
  • Knowledge Management
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  • Innovation Policy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Technology and ICT
The digital transition of the world economy is now entering a phase of broad and deep societal impact. While there is one overall transition, there are many different sectoral transformations, from health and legal services to tax reports and taxi rides, as well as a rising number of transversal trends and policy issues, from widespread precarious employment and privacy concerns to market monopoly and cybercrime. This Research Handbook offers a rich and interdisciplinary synthesis of some of the recent research on the digital transformations currently under way.

This comprehensive study contains chapters covering sectoral and transversal analyses, all of which are specially commissioned and include cutting-edge research. The contributions featured are global, spanning four continents and seven different countries, as well as interdisciplinary, including experts in economics, sociology, law, finance, urban planning and innovation management. The digital transformations discussed are fertile ground for researchers, as established laws and regulations, organizational structures, business models, value networks and workflow routines are contested and displaced by newer alternatives.

This book will be equally pertinent to three constituencies: academic researchers and graduate students, practitioners in various industrial and service sectors and policy makers.
‘This practical, informative and timely book is a substantial contribution to understanding the concrete risks and opportunities presented by information technologies. It appears at a time when society and institutions face urgent decisions on how to shape the future with that potential. Important reading for all.’
– Carlota Perez, London School of Economics, UK and Author of Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: the Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages

‘It is now common knowledge that there is a digital transformation under way. This Research Handbook is a comprehensive examination of these changes that includes contributions from leading experts in a remarkable range of fields. I commend the book to all readers.’
– Martin Kenney, University of California, Davis, US
Contributors include: D. Arnold, A. Asquer, R.W. Campbell, M.A. Cherry, K.K. Courtney, A. DuVernet, B. Fecher, M. Foth, S. Friesike, D. Gifford, A. Greul, A. Hudson-Smith, E. Jardine, P. Jeffrey, F. Khan, E. Kilcer, J.H. King, I. Krachkovskaya, K.E. Kushida, D. Lupton, J.M. Newman, F.X. Ollero, S. Onnée, L. Osborn, M. Pilkington, W.R. Poster, S. Renault, N.M. Richards, A. Schmitz, D.I.C. Thomson, S. Vezzoso, J. West, M. Zhegu, D. Zillmann


Contents:

Digital Transformations: An Introduction
F. Xavier Olleros and Majlinda Zhegu

PART I SECTORAL ANALYSES
1. How Online Learning Will Transform Legal Education
David I. C. Thomson

2. The Digital Future of the Oldest Information Profession
Ray Worthy Campbell

3. Medicine in The Age of Smart Machines: Legal Liability Challenges
Fazal Khan

4. Digital Health Technologies and Digital Data: New Ways of Monitoring, Measuring and Commodifying Human Bodies
Deborah Lupton

5. The Digital Disruption of Banking and Payment Services
David Arnold and Paul Jeffery

6. Collaboration, Participation, and Transparency: The Promise of Digitizing Academic Research
Sascha Friesike and Benedikt Fecher

7. University Libraries in the Digital Era
Kyle K. Courtney and Emily Kilcer

8. Online Dating Platforms: A Tool for Social Science Research
Andreas Schmitz and Doreen Zillmann

9. Atoms Matter: The Role of Local ‘Makerspaces’ in the Coming Digital Economy
Joel West and Anne Greul

10. Smart Cities, Social Capital and Citizens at Play: A Critique and a Way Forward
Marcus Foth, Andrew Hudson-Smith and Dean Gifford


PART II TRANSVERSAL TOPICS
11. Blockchain Technology: Principles and Applications
Marc Pilkington

12. 3D Printing and Intellectual Property
Lucas Osborn

13. Big Data and the Future for Privacy.
Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King

14. Crowdwork, Corporate Social Responsibility and Fair Labor Practices
Miriam A. Cherry and Winifred R. Poster

15. Crowdfunding: Principles, Trends and Issues
Stéphane Onnée and Sophie Renault

16. The Gamification of Education and Business: A Critical Analysis and Future Research Prospects
Amy Duvernet, Alberto Asquer and Inna Krachkovskaya

17. The Impact of Digital Technologies on Innovation Policy
Kenji E. Kushida

18. Innovation Policy for Cloud-Computing Contracts
John M. Newman

19. Competition Policy in a World of Big Data
Simonetta Vezzoso

20. A Continuum of Internet-Based Crime: How the Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Policies Varies Across Cybercrime Types
Eric Jardine

Index