High Reliability in Digital Organizing : Mindlessness, the Frame Problem, and Digital Operations

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dc.contributor.author Salovaara, Antti
dc.contributor.author Lyytinen, Kalle
dc.contributor.author Penttinen, Esko
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-28T10:26:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-28T10:26:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06
dc.identifier.citation Salovaara , A , Lyytinen , K & Penttinen , E 2019 , ' High Reliability in Digital Organizing : Mindlessness, the Frame Problem, and Digital Operations ' , MIS Quarterly , vol. 43 , no. 2 , pp. 555-578 . https://doi.org/10.25300/MISQ/2019/14577
dc.identifier.other PURE: 125403196
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: e675d94e-bd48-4da0-a221-a57b6d9e1f3a
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-7260-8670/work/58958361
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000475891800009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/303576
dc.description.abstract Organizations facing high risks and operating in purely digital domains, such as computer security and many financial services, must meet two, contradictory goals: they need to identify digital threats at scale and speed while also avoiding errors that result from automated processing. Research on high-reliability organizations has identified multiple challenges in reaching these goals simultaneously, because automation often renders organizations’ operations “mindless” and unable to cope gracefully with changing, complex situations characteristic of high-risk domains. In digital operations, a special challenge arises from the “frame problem” connected with the inability of algorithms to adapt to environments not identified within their developers’ initial cognitive frames. An exploratory, theory-generating case study was conducted within a computer security company (F-Secure) to examine how organizations acting in digital domains may achieve high reliability by mitigating the frame problem. This article examines digital organizing of the epistemic and pragmatic features of operations, along with arrangements of these features that respond to the frame problem. Collective mindfulness is identified as emerging in such a sociotechnical setting via a carefully layered, systemic constellation of (human) mindful and (digital) mindless operations while the organization’s core operations remain digital and algorithmic. The findings point to heretofore unexplored reliability challenges associated with digital organizing, alongside several relevant ways to overcome and/or mitigate them. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 113 Computer and information sciences
dc.title High Reliability in Digital Organizing : Mindlessness, the Frame Problem, and Digital Operations en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Computer Science
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.25300/MISQ/2019/14577
dc.relation.issn 0276-7783
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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