Governance of emerging technologies

Policy and popular attention are focused on a wide range of emerging technologies.

Each has potential to transform the basics of business and beyond that, broader societal questions. This includes the future of work, augmented performance, inclusive growth, the institutional foundation of modern democracy, inequality, and the basics of life itself and conceptions of ‘what it is to be human?’. 

When looking at the governance of emerging technologies, the lab considers both the available and the needed ‘vocabularies’ of governance for the whole portfolio of technologies.

Current research

Current questions being addressed by Marc Ventresca, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Kristina Dahlin, Associate Professor in Engineering and Entrepreneurship:

  • What are the challenges of governing new portfolios of technologies? 
  • What are the lessons to be learned from history and from incumbent governance regimes and models? 
  • Where are these regimes adequate? And where is development needed beyond current institutions, stakeholder models, and values? 
  • What is the current evidence for the interactive and cumulative impacts of emerging technologies on business practice and on wider society? 
  • What are the current governance means? Do these address longer-term ethical questions?
  • Where are there promising experiments and pilots that grapple with governing the portfolio of emerging technologies? How do we learn from these?
  • How do we translate these pilots for business policy and practice?