University of Twente Student Theses


The Phantom of Dataism in Public Administration Sciences : an exploratory case study

Stolz, Alma (2023) The Phantom of Dataism in Public Administration Sciences : an exploratory case study.

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Abstract:Digital transformation has made our world increasingly rendered into a quantifiable data flow. The phenomenon of datafication changes everything around us. But, while some people view this development with horror, others view it as a tremendous opportunity. They believe in data, they are dataist. This study aims to make sense of a phenomenon, that up until now has not been subject to empirical investigation. This thesis aims to change that by conducting an exploratory case study about the Management, Society and technology Bachelor program at the University of Twente. With the help of an analysis of the course materials of the program, expert interviews with instructors and a group discussion with students, this study investigates how dataist perspectives influence education at the MS&T program. While ultimately no concrete evidence could be obtained, that a considerable influence exists, the study nevertheless offers valuable insights about which underlying dynamics influence dataism, how it can be operationalized and what processes in the program could contribute to keeping dataist perspectives at bay. This adds to the wider body of datafication research and helps illuminate this abstract concept.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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