Hack for impact – sociomateriality and the emergent structuration of social hackathons

Faludi, Julianna ORCID: (2023) Hack for impact – sociomateriality and the emergent structuration of social hackathons. Journal of Organizational Ethnography . DOI

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Purpose Social hackathons are events designed to craft social change using technology that enables citizen empowerment or addresses societal issues by deploying data. Hackathons provide a framework for organizing to help create prototypes and business models through interaction with technology. The relevance of the sociomateriality of the emergent technology (prototype) and organizational structure raises the question if viable and impactful solutions can be developed within such frames. Design/methodology/approach This study applies an inductive research methodology based on ethnographic participant observation, interviews with participants and event organizers, and qualitative insights from surveys. Findings Events such as social hackathons are centered around technology and share a vision of creating opportunities for change. The materiality of prototypes may define their interaction patterns. The differentiation of the embodiment and emergent structuration of technology may be a breaking point for in-group dynamics and a barrier to social innovation. The emergent structuration of technology with a longer initial phase of problem definition and ideation within a group was found to have more potential for impactful embodiment with the technological artifact. Some cases reveal that “expert” participants who shared visions of change enabled by technology were constrained by other members. Originality/value The paper suggests an extended view on the connection of sociomateriality, organizing and social impact.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:socialhackathon, structurationtheory, sociomateriality, collaborative innovation
Divisions:Institute of Marketing and Communication Sciences
ID Code:8422
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:20 Jul 2023 10:09
Last Modified:20 Jul 2023 10:09

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