Growth and Function: A Viral Research Program for Next Organisations

International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 72 No. 4, pp. 296-309

16 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2017

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Steffen Roth

La Rochelle Business School; University of Turku

Date Written: December 6, 2016

Abstract

This article is the prototype of a virus that recodes economy biased decision programs of capitalist organisations. To bypass the notorious firewalls of capitalism we developed a program that works as anti-capitalist malware program without being one. This is achieved by changing the programming language from moral code to functional differentiation. If executed, our program: a) decodes growth as both economic and non-economic form; b) installs a multifunctional subroutine that enables organisations to modulate the frequencies with which they code decisions in both economic and non-economic media. The more decisions coded in non-economic media, the less important the economy, and the more alternatives to anti-/capitalist visions of de-/growth emerge.

Keywords: virus, organisational program, functional differentiation, social differentiation, degrowth, post-growth, next organisation

JEL Classification: A14, Z13

Suggested Citation

Roth, Steffen, Growth and Function: A Viral Research Program for Next Organisations (December 6, 2016). International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 72 No. 4, pp. 296-309. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2895011

Steffen Roth (Contact Author)

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University of Turku ( email )

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