NOR: Truth table, true distinction

Feature: In his 1926 life-size poster “Der Mensch als Industriepalast” (Man as Industrial Palace), physician and infographics pioneer Fritz Kahn draws on the state of art, science, and technology of the second industrial revolution to depict core processes of the human organism as if it were a factory: tubes filled with chemicals, a metabolic division […]

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Reblog | We have never been capitalist. Big data insights into social macro trends (1800–2000)

We think of modern societies as areligious and oriented more towards money and power. But what makes us sure that this idea is true? How can we know that secularisation, the dominance of politcs, and the primacy of money really are in the DNA of our societies? In an earlier article published in Technological Forecasting […]

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Release | Big data insights into social macro trends (1800-2000): A replication study

Roth S., Schwede P., Valentinov V., Zazar K., and Kaivo-oja J. (2019), Big data insights into social macro trends (1800-2000): A replication study, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 149, 119759 [SSCI 5.846, Scopus, CNRS***, FNEGE***, CABS***, VHB***]. Highlights: Dominant theories of society are grounded on strong assumptions about the capitalist nature of the modern society Results from […]

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Release | government.com? Multifunctional cabinet portfolio analysis of 201 national governments

Roth S., Santonen T., Heimstädt M., Clark C., Trofimov N., Kaivo-oja J., Atanesyan A., Laki B., and Sales A. (2019), government.com? Multifunctional cabinet portfolio analysis of 201 national governments, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 621-639 [SSCI 1.185, Scopus, CNRS**, FNEGE**, CABS**]. The article is available for download here. Purpose: This study […]

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CFP | Moral communication. Observed with social systems theory

Call for papers to the Luhmann Conference 2020 on “Moral communication. Observed with social systems theory” Place: Inter-University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia Address: Don Frana Bulicá 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia Dates: 15-18 September 2020 The PDF version of this CFP is available for download here. Theme: The conference committee invites contributions on the significance of moral communication […]

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Release | Harnessing big data for a multifunctional theory of the firm

Roth S., Schwede P., Valentinov V., Pérez-Valls M., and Kaivo-oja J. (2020) Harnessing big data for a multifunctional theory of the firm, European Management Journal, Vol. 38 No. 1, pp. 54-61 [SSCI 2.985, Scopus, CNRS**, FNEGE**, CABS**, VHB***]. Article available for download here. Abstract: This paper explores the potential of big data, such as those compiled by the […]

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Release | Digital transformation of social theory. A research update

Roth S. (2019) Digital transformation of social theory. A research update, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 146 No. September, pp. 88-93 [SSCI 5.846, Scopus, CNRS***, FNEGE***, ABS***, VHB***]. Article available for download here. Abstract: This article outlines the basic design of digitally transformed social theory. We show that any digital world is created by […]

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Guiding distinctions of social science | An online brainstorming

The purpose of this online brainstorming, supported by the International Sociological Association, was to gather as complete a collection of guiding distinctions of social sciences as possible. By guiding distinctions we mean dichotomies or dualisms, such as economy/society, action/behaviour, market/hierarchy, micro/macro, or male/female, that have been or still are at the heart of the debates […]

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Release | The open theory and its enemy

Roth S. (2019), The open theory and its enemy: Implicit moralisation as epistemological obstacle for general systems theory, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 36 No. 3, 281-288 [SSCI 1.052, Scopus, CABS**]. Online first version of the article available for download here. Abstract: Ludwig von Bertalanffy decisively shaped open systems theory as challenge and alternative to […]

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