A paper co-authored by Professor Marlei Pozzebon, of the Department of International Business, took the Kauffman Paper Award at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2020, in December. The award goes to the best paper presented at the conference.
The paper was based on the doctoral dissertation of Erica Souza Siqueira, a student supervised by Professor Pozzebon and Professor Eduardo Henrique Diniz, of the FGV EAESP School of Business Administration, in Brazil. He is also a co-author of the paper.
The paper is titled The Pursuit of Perfect Control and Ultimate Outreach: Social Fintech Platforms, Microcredit Agents and Surveillance. The authors use a sociological approach to analyze a microcredit platform offering financial services in an impoverished region of Brazil. They very critically analyze the monitoring and surveillance role played by this technological platform on micro-entrepreneurs.
In addition to receiving the Kauffman Award, it was selected as the best paper examining the societal impact of new technologies.