Perspectives on management learning in the digital economy

Abstract

The digital economy, which was once considered as a panacea, is becoming increasingly viewed as a grand societal challenge – a problem that not only presents significant barriers to many people but is also so complex that it cannot be tackled by any one single organization. Mangers influence how the components of the global digital infrastructure, such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotics impact society. However, mitigating the broad-gauged impacts of the digital economy, like its impact on the nature of work, would benefit from new ideas about manger’s roles in the digital economy. Framed in a management learning perspective, this study collates what we know, and what we need to know, about management and the digital economy. Overall, this paper suggests that managers need to learn new habits of thought to build a more balanced, equitable, and sustainable version of digital economy. Perspectives on how to design management learning environments to help managers think of, then implement, a digital ecosystem rather than a digital economy will contribute to ongoing debates about management learning that will advance positive transformations of the nature of work

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