Fellow Dr. Armin Beverungen

Dr. Armin Beverungen

Department of Media Studies, University of Siegen

  Fellow at CAIS from March to October 2019


Algorithmic Management in Logistics Centres: Automation, Labour, Capture

Logistics is an essential area in which the digitization of work is progressing rapidly. It is driven by large software and logistics companies that restructure and network logistics chains, reorganizing and distributing work. Especially in logistics centres, where algorithmic systems equipped with sensor technologies for data collection are in use, the relationship between machine and work and the future of automation is negotiated. Far-reaching debates on black box societies or algorithmic governance are concerned with the opportunities and dangers of algorithmic control systems for politics, culture and society. In logistics chains, these challenges become much more apparent and acute. The aim of the research project is therefore to investigate exemplary algorithmic systems for the organization of work in logistics centres from the perspective of media studies and science and technology studies using two case studies. It explores their opportunities, risks and room for maneuver for actors such as trade unions and civil society.

Main Research Topics
  • Media and Organisation
  • Digital Cultures
  • Algorithmic Management
  • Logistics and Automation
  • High-Frequency Trading
Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 11/2017: Lecturer in Media Studies, University of Siegen
  • 10/2013-10/2017: Juniordirektor, Digital Cultures Research Lab at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 02/2017-03/2017: Visiting Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
  • 01/2012-09/2013: Research Fellow (PostDoc), Innovations-Incubator, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 09/2008-08/2011: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England
Lectures and Publications
  • Beverungen, A. (2019, i.E.). Executive Dashboard. In T. Beyes, R. Holt, & C. Pias (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Technology, Media and Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Beverungen, A., Schröter, J., Mirowski, P., & Nik-Khah, E. (2019). Markets. Minneapolis / Lüneburg: University of Minnesota Press and meson press.
  • Beverungen, A., & Lange, A.-C. (2018). Cognition in High-Frequency Trading: The Costs of Consciousness and the Limits of Automation. Theory, Culture & Society, 35(6), 75–95.
  • Beverungen, A. (2018). ‹Kognitiver Kapitalismus›? Nichtbewusste Kognition und Massenintellektualität. Zeitschrift Für Medienwissenschaft, 18, 37–49.
  • Beverungen, A. (2017). Algorithmisches Management. In T. Beyes, J. Metelmann, & C. Pias (Eds.), Nach der Revolution: Ein Brevier digitaler Kulturen (pp. 51–63). Hamburg: Edition Speersort.