Marion Manowsky, University of St. Gallen (HSG)

    About Marion

    Marion Manowsky is a PhD student at the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). She studied Business Administration at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen (Germany) and the University of Texas at Austin (USA). She worked as IT-Project Manager, teaches at Universities and international companies, and is a worldwide speaker at BarCamps and ConventionCamps.  


    PhD Project

    The Impact of Web 2.0. (Online Social Networks) on Diversity in The Workplace

    Diversity in the workplace has been widely researched within the scientific community. The practical results are rather disappointing and several major reasons can be found to be responsible for this stagnation; like the lack of ethical and interdisciplinary discussions within the scope of this diversity.

    The diversity in the virtual world (Web 2.0 and Online Social Networks) is quiet universal even though specific diversity concepts have not been implemented in the virtual world. Furthermore, the Online Social Networks have the power to transfer the virtual communication into a real world scenario contributing to mutual cultural exchanges. For example, ‘couchsurfers’ meet online in the virtual travel community where they offer their local couches to fellow ‘couchsurfers’ for a short stay. Or a twitter member can meet other members on ‘tweetdays’ in a coffee shop or a bar after talking on twitter.

    This PhD Thesis Research focuses on the above mentioned areas with the aim to analyze mechanisms and patterns contributing to the “Web 2.0 diversity”. In addition, the PhD thesis tries to include ethical thoughts based on the theories of John Dewey to further analyze the patterns and



    Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb, University of St.Gallen

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner, University of St.Gallen



    marion.manowsky [at] doctoral-academy [dot] net