Twenty-First International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations

  • 2021 Special Focus - Preparing Organizations for New Digital Futures: New Rules of Engagement for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
  • 15-16 January 2021
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand (Virtual Conference)

2021 Special Focus - Preparing Organizations for New Digital Futures: New Rules of Engagement for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

As we move into a new epoch—a so-called fourth industrial revolution—defined by big-data, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things, digitally informed organizational principles are being reconfigured. So, too, are logics of innovation, understandings of growth, and visions of human development. This structural transformation appears in the everyday: in how we communicate, collaborate, and understand rules of engagement, in the broader context of societies that are macro-organizations, and in how we situate the constellation of micro-organizations of personal and professional life. The challenges for organizations—for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental—is how to take advantage of the affordances of this Fourth Industrial Revolution. Internally, how do organizations offer new tools to foster the development of new competencies and deliver resources to frame human resource development? And in the broader context of societies, the challenge for the organization as "actor" within the community is how does what we do internally reflect, guide, or offer alternatives within broader scope of the societies in which we want to live? What are the ethical challenges, the notions of good citizenship, and ecological sensitivity they can be offered "out"? What are the intangible drivers that determine not only the livability of organizations for insiders but also their credibility and attraction to outsiders?

Conference Chair

Davood Askarany

Davood Askarany

Senior Lecturer, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Plenary Speakers

The Twenty-first International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Susan Watson

Susan Watson

Professor and Dean, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Sholeh Maani

Sholeh Maani

Professor, Economics, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Daniel Araya

Daniel Araya

Co-founder, Aion Advisors; Senior Partner, World Legal Summit; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation





Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities, provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are listed below.

Gabriel Rached

Gabriel Rached

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

​Mika Morikawa

​Mika Morikawa

Northeastern University, United States

Svetlana Kostrykina

Svetlana Kostrykina

University of Auckland, New Zealand

​Nirma Jayawardena

​Nirma Jayawardena

Griffith Business School, Australia

Javiera Garcia-Meneses

Javiera Garcia-Meneses

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile

​Sandy Arief

​Sandy Arief

Macquarie University, Australia

Janki Shah

Janki Shah

Toronto School of Management, Canada

​Xue Bai

​Xue Bai

Pratt Institute, United States

Conference Partner