Connectivity in and around Organizations: Waves, tensions and trade-offs

Darl G. Kolb*, Kristine Dery, Marleen Huysman, Anca Metiu

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Connectivity has become the foundation for organizing as it increasingly underpins and defines the way we live and work. Notwithstanding all the advances in connectivity within organizations, there are even more pervasive changes between and around organizations. In a digital world, more and more of us are working anytime, anyplace, and companies deliver value by better connecting with customers and external partners within digital ecosystems. In this introduction to the Special Issue, we summarize four waves of connectivity – globalization, socialization, personalization and datafication – that combine to create opportunities and challenges for contemporary organizations. We then introduce the papers in the special issue and discuss their contributions to theory and practice. Finally, we draw upon currently emerging challenges to suggest enduring tensions and trade-offs for connectivity research in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1589-1599
Number of pages11
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number12
Early online date28 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • connectivity
  • datafication
  • digital communication
  • globalization
  • remote work
  • waves


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