The Power of Digital Platforms

Vortrag, Öffentliche Vorlesung
Breite Öffentlichkeit
05.12.2023 17:15 - 18:45

Digital society lecture by Dr. Philip Balsiger
Professor of economic sociology at the University of Neuchâtel

In this talk I will discuss how digital platforms such as Uber, Deliveroo, Amazon, or Booking.com, reorganize work and markets, and what the social and political implications of this are. Using a number of empirical examples from my own studies as well as studies from other researchers,
the talk will analyze the power of digital platforms by answering a few basic questions : What is a digital platform? What kinds of platforms are there? What do platforms do? How do platforms make money? Who do platforms benefit (besides themselves)? What is a platform economy, and can it be resisted?

Philip Balsiger is professor of economic sociology at the University of Neuchâtel. His work on the platform economy, which he led with Muriel Surdez (UNIFR), analyzes how the Swiss hotel industry reacts to the rise of reservation platforms.
05.12.2023 17:15 - 18:45
Standort PER 21 / Raum A230
Bd de Pérolles 90, 1700 Fribourg
Anna Jobin
Blvd. de Pérolles 90
1700 Fribourg
Vortragende / Mitwirkende
Dr. Philip Balsiger, professor of economic sociology at the University of Neuchâtel

REIHE von Veranstaltungen:
Digital Society: Digital Transformation in Society and Culture

This interdisciplinary lecture series is organized by the new Master minor programme "Digital Society". It presents various issues and areas of research in digital society and culture. What are the major contemporary challenges? Who are the major players and their roles, what are the stakes?
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