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Big Data in Organizations and the Role of Human Resource Management

A Complex Systems Theory-Based Conceptualization


Tobias M. Scholz

Big data are changing the way we work as companies face an increasing amount of data. Rather than replacing a human workforce or making decisions obsolete, big data are going to pose an immense innovating force to those employees capable of utilizing them. This book intends to first convey a theoretical understanding of big data. It then tackles the phenomenon of big data from the perspectives of varied organizational theories in order to highlight socio-technological interaction. Big data are bound to transform organizations which calls for a transformation of the human resource department. The HR department’s new role then enables organizations to utilize big data for their purpose. Employees, while remaining an organization’s major competitive advantage, have found a powerful ally in big data.

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Figure 1:Original Map Used by Snow (1854)
Figure 2:Conceptual Evolution of Data over Time (Scholz 2015a)
Figure 3:Big Data’s Technology Cycle
Figure 4:Organizational Inertia and Big Data Cap
Figure 5:Big Data as a Destabilizing Power for Order and Disorder
Figure 6:Mental Model
Figure 7:Inductive Top-Down Theorizing (Shepherd & Sutcliffe 2011: 366)
Figure 8:The Perception of Individual Identity on the Basis of Data Shadow and Social Shadow
Figure 9:Evolution of Data Streams within the Data Farm
Figure 10:Big Data Risk Governance ← XV | XVI →