Class V: Organizing Facts in a Post-Truth Condition

Provided by Maximilian Heimstädt, Bielefeld University and Weizenbaum Institute

Guiding question: What are forms of organizing that can reduce epistemic uncertainty in times of armed conflict and war?



Core readings

Knight, E., & Tsoukas, H. (2019). When fiction trumps truth: What ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’ mean for management studies. Organization Studies, 40(2), 183-197. PDF

Bauer, R. M., & Gegenhuber, T. (2015). Crowdsourcing: Global search and the twisted roles of consumers and producers. Organization, 22(5), 661-681. PDF

Contemporary news articles

Bellingcat Investigation Team (2022). Invasion of Ukraine: Tracking use of cluster munitions in civilian areas, Bellingcat, February 27, 2022.

Higgins, E. (2022). These are the cluster munitions documented by Ukrainian civilians, Bellingcat, March 11, 2022. 

Post-lecture assignment

Visit the Bellingcat website and search for an example of their strategy of radical transparency. This can be a passage from a news article, a tutorial, or even a video. In not more than 400 words (one page) analyze what aspects of Bellingcat’s journalistic work become visible to you in this example. In what regards – if any – do you still need to trust the members of Bellingcat?

Background readings

Buschow, C. (2020). Why do digital native news media fail? An investigation of failure in the early start-up phase. Media and Communication, 8(2), 51-61. PDF

Gegenhuber, T., & Dobusch, L. (2017). Making an impression through openness: how open strategy-making practices change in the evolution of new ventures. Long Range Planning, 50(3), 337-354. PDF

Background video

A great TEDX talk by Massimo Maoret (IESE Barcelona) on “The Social Construction of Facts