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    Auf dem Weg zur Digitalität in Schule
    (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Forschungscluster OPAL, 2023) ; ; ; ;
    Czarnojan, Izabela
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    “Free” and “unfree” money in German prisons: the role of accounting in educating public service users
    This paper explores how public organizations use accounting as a pedagogical instrument for educating individual citizens. Drawing on conceptions of financial literacy and governmentality, our paper presents the findings of a qualitative case study of German prisons and analyzes how accounting practices shape interactions between public organizations and individual citizens. Our findings show how three types of financial accounts—prison money, gate money, and private money—grant prisoners differentiated access to funds. Prison administrators refer to these accounts as “free” or “unfree,” depending on whether prisoners can decide how the money will be used. The study reveals how German law, ministries, and prison administrations attach three basic virtues to prisoner accounts—legal consumption, financial prudence, and social responsibility—in an attempt to include individuals (back) into a population of economically and socially functioning citizens. To public management research, this paper contributes a description of how public institutions employ accounting as a pedagogical technology in interactions with individual citizens. To prior works on financial literacy, we add the idea that educative measures not only produce viable and disciplined market actors, but also transport specific virtues of being a social citizen. Finally, our study discusses how disciplinary and postdisciplinary notions of accounting interact and provide possibilities for governing through freedom—even behind bars.
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    Governance von Universitäten: Das Beispiel österreichischer Universitätsräte
    (Universitätsbibliothek der HSU / UniBwH, 2019) ; ;
    Matiaske, Wenzel
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    Liebsch, Katharina
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    Weber, Vanessa
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    Klug, Katharina
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    Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
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    Valuation und Evaluation von Hilfen zur Erziehung: Eine Reflexion wirkungsorientierter Steuerung in der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe
    (Universitätsbibliothek der HSU / UniBwH, 2017)
    Junghänel, Philipp
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    Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
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    Infolge kontinuierlich steigender Kosten und Legitimationsdruck ist die öffentliche Jugendhilfe darum begehrt Instrumente und Ansätze zu finden, welche eine effektivere Aufgabenerfüllung ermöglicht und kontrollierbar macht. In dieser Arbeit wurde daher untersucht, inwiefern eine Etablierung von wirkungsorientierter Steuerung anhand erzieherischen Hilfen für seelisch behinderte Kinder möglich ist. Durch die Fokussierung, ob jene Hilfen zur Erziehung durch Valuation oder Evaluation bewertet werden sollten, werden zum einen zwei unterschiedliche Methoden zur Bewertung gegenübergestellt und zum anderen alte und neue Ansätze reflektiert vorgestellt. Dabei konnte innerhalb der empirischen Untersuchung hervorgehoben werden, dass es zwei unterschiedliche Haltungen – die sozialwirtschaftliche und die emanzipatorisch-partizipative - gibt, welche zu unterschiedlichen Vorstellungen von effektiver Wirkung in der Jugendhilfe führt. Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit hat sich dabei herausgestellt, dass eine Implementierung von wirkungsorientierten Ansätzen sich nur sehr schwer umsetzen lässt. Zwar konnten Ansätze aufgezeigt werden, welche Effektivität messbar machen. Allerdings handelt es sich dabei um keine einfache Steuerungsmechanik, da aufgrund der Individualität, Komplexität und Dynamik der Leistung eine sukzessive Herangehensweise benötigt wird, um den Anforderungen der Jugendhilfe gerecht zu werden.
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    Organizations and Imagination: The Imaginary Institution of Risk Management
    (Universitätsbibliothek der HSU / UniBwH, 2014)
    Klein, Vitor Hugo Jr.
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    Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
    This thesis presents a theory and analysis of the role of imagination in organizations. More specifically, the work exposes how central traditions of interpretative research within organization studies have overlooked the phenomenon of imagination and, thus, it aims at narrowing this gap, by empirically investigating the role of imagination in the risk management practices of a Brazilian conglomerate. With a long tradition in the sugar-ethanol sector, this company – here called Group – has been diversifying its business in order to position itself as a global player in the energy and infra-structure sector. This change involves the articulation of idiosyncratic notions of risk and opportunity within different levels of the conglomerate. Using a qualitative research strategy and an interpretative method, the thesis explores a narrative of risk management within the three levels of the conglomerate: its corporate level, a business here called Energy and a business named Land. Accordingly, the constitutive and reproductive aspects of risk management in these levels were highlighted. Constitutive refers to the moments in which the signification of risk led practitioners to engage in transforming their own practices; reproductive refers to the routinization and dissemination of such practices within the company. By casting light on the intersections between these aspects and imagination, the thesis describes risk management as an imaginary institution. This description adopts a dialectical phenomenological approach to institutions developed from the works of Cornelius Castoriadis (1987). Following this perspective, risk is a social imaginary signification working as an institutional resource that managers use in order to introduce new regimes of practice. Findings point to three emergent imaginaries of risk management in the conglomerate, along with, respectively, different logics: risk management as the exploration and exploitation of new uncertainties; risk management as a cultural collusion; and risk management as a techno-logical production of images. Implications of these findings to both organizational and risk management theory are explicated. First, the findings imply that rather than logics being a central mechanism of organizing (Thornton et al., 2012), organizations have at their core imaginary significations which enable and determine multiple logics. This assumption challenges the dominant understanding that institutional logics shape action in organizational fields, because logics stem, in this case, from imaginary institutions. Second, the thesis shows that, while enacted by domains of practice, risk is necessarily deferred within discourses and practices. Through this deferral, the imaginary of risk incorporates novel and unpredicted elements into itself contributing to changing the very way risk is understood within the conglomerate. This leads practices of risk management to be revised, changed or supplemented. Risk management assumes, in this case, a less monolithic aspect. As the thesis makes explicit, the managers and analysts of the Group and the other two businesses are not being colonized by risk (Rothstein et al., 2006), but are instead colonizing through and within the imaginary signification of risk. The thesis draws, finally, two associated conclusions regarding the role of imagination in organizations. On the one side, managers use imagination to produce figural orderings. These refer to the many forms of accounting in organizations (i.e. through figures, images, sets, etc.) that are constructed and differentiated in order to give support for action. Rationality emerges here out of the practices, techniques, language and tools used to organize action around spatial images and the recombination of imaginary locations. On the other side, however, imagination provokes (re)presentations in organizations, that is, imagination pushes practitioners to constantly re-interpret established images and to construct new representations beyond available logics of organizing. Individual imagination then intertwines with the practices, objects and technologies constructed in and for organizations, through the non-technical aspects involved in organizational action and change. Practices in organizations are, according to this view, always fragmentary and must rely on the continuous expansion of action within action itself. Organizations are, therefore, socially and imaginarily constructed through the putting in place of particular techniques and languages – the logics of talking and doing things – according to interests and projects that underpin and are underpinned by social imaginary significations.