The Information Panopticon in the Big Data Era

  • Martin Berner University of Mannheim Institute for Enterprise Systems (InES) Schloss 68131 Mannheim, Germany SAP AG 69190 Walldorf, Germany
  • Enrico Graupner University of Mannheim Institute for Enterprise Systems (InES) Schloss 68131 Mannheim, Germany Commerz Business Consulting GmbH 60327 Frankfurt (Main), Germany
  • Alexander Maedche University of Mannheim Business School Chair of Information Systems IV (ERIS) Institute for Enterprise Systems (InES) Schloss 68131 Mannheim, Germany
Keywords: Big Data, Information Visibility, Visibility Paradox, Control, Empowerment

Abstract

Taking advantage of big data opportunities is challenging for traditional organizations. In this article, we take a panoptic view of big data – obtaining information from more sources and making it visible to all organizational levels. We suggest that big data requires the transformation from command and control hierarchies to post-bureaucratic organizational structures wherein employees at all levels can be empowered while simultaneously being controlled. We derive propositions that show how to best exploit big data technologies in organizations.
Published
2014-04-10
How to Cite
Berner, M., Graupner, E., & Maedche, A. (2014). The Information Panopticon in the Big Data Era. Journal of Organization Design, 3(1), 14-19. https://doi.org/10.7146/jod.9736