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Make Dignity Core to Employee Data Use

As described in this audio podcast of the June 2021 research briefing, make dignity core to acceptable data use to improve firm oversight and allow leaders to reinforce regard for employees.

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MIT CISR research has shown that firms need an Acceptable Data Use capability that includes legal, regulatory, and ethical oversight practices. Leaders can effectively manage the latter values-based requirements of employee data use by focusing on dignity. Dignity broadly refers to the recognition that human beings possess intrinsic value, are endowed with certain rights, and deserve respect. Using this dignity lens, this briefing describes five kinds of interrelated contemporary employee data; how firms use the data to assess, improve, change, and engineer work; and guidance to ensure that firms treat employees like people, not like objects being managed.

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The June 2021 research briefing is read by co-author Dorothy Leidner.

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© 2021 MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, Tona, Leidner, Wixom, and Someh. MIT CISR Research Briefings are published monthly to update the center's patrons and sponsors on current research projects.

About the Researchers

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Olgerta Tona, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg

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Dorothy E. Leidner, Ferguson Professor of Information Systems, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University

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Ida A. Someh, Lecturer in Business Information Systems, University of Queensland

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