Provided by: Gazi Islam, Grenoble Ecole de Management
Major Topics: The relation between datafication and quantification, why quantification is important, ethical concerns of various modes of quantification.
Slides as PDF
Espeland, W. N., & Stevens, M. L. (2008). A sociology of quantification. Archives Europeennes de Sociologie, 49(3), 401–436. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003975609000150
Islam, G. (2021). Business ethics and quantification: Towards an ethics of numbers. Journal of Business Ethics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-020-04694-z
After watching the video, please think of two real-world examples in which creating numerical data involves ethically sensitive consideration. Describe each example and the main ethical issues involved. Finally, propose, for each example, one way in which quantification could be handled in an ethically or socially responsible way (500-700 words).