CSH Webtalk by Bastian Wurm: “Organizational complexity – a computational social science perspective”

Jan 22, 2021 | 15:0016:00

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Bastian Wurm (WU) will present an online talk on Friday, January 22, 2021 via Zoom.

If you would like to attend, please email office@csh.ac.at




Title: “Organization Complexity – a Computational Social Science Perspective”





Complexity is a phenomenon that various sciences are interested in. In the context of organizations, complexity refers to the degree of differentiation among the elements of an organization. Scholars have investigated, among others, the effects of organizational  Complexity on innovation or organizational performance, in general. Increasingly, organizing takes place around information technology, thereby creating large quantities of digital trace data.  Digital trace data provides a processual perspective on organizational complexity and thus allows scholars to investigate how organizational complexity develops as organizations grow, re-organize, or even cease to exist. This dissertation makes use of this emerging opportunity and investigates how organizational complexity changes over time using digital trace data from two organizations. In this regard, I pursue two complementary perspectives on organizational complexity: structural complexity (i.e. how an organization is organized) and process complexity (i.e. how an organization carries out work). With this doctoral dissertation, I extend computational methods to investigate organizationalcomplexity and provide further insights into how structural and process complexity change in the light of time.





Bastian Wurm is a Teaching and Research Associate at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He received his M.Sc. degree in IT- and Business Process Management from the University of Liechtenstein in 2017.



His research focuses on organization perspectives in business process management.


Jan 22, 2021


Complexity Science Hub Vienna