Lead project

Post-Office - Spatio-temporal transformation processes in knowledge-generating forms of cooperation

Research department: Economy and Civil Society

Project Team: Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt Prof. Dr. Gabriela Christmann Alica Repenning Dr. Ariane Sept Nicole Zerrer Dr. Lukas Vogelgsang

Duration: 01/2022 - 12/2025

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The lead project of the research area "Economy and Civil Society" addresses profound transformation processes in knowledge and innovation societies, which in turn are characterised by disruptive events. For example, socio-spatial transformation dynamics in collaborative processes of knowledge generation with the establishment of new spatial solutions of knowledge work (e.g. Open Creative Labs) have massively changed the organisation and multilocality of work in rural and urban regions. In particular, often disruptive innovations in digital technologies are accelerating the transformation of collaborative knowledge work practices, creating previously unknown on/off-line spatial arrangements. Finally, from today's perspective, the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic significantly accelerate these transformation processes, because within a very short period of time, collaborative action in knowledge work had to be surprisingly and completely unforeseen, consistently and almost exclusively converted to digital forms. The lead project "Post-Office" aims to understand the dynamics of change in knowledge-generating collaboration with its disruptive elements and to discuss resulting consequences for urban and rural regions.

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