The project assists in understanding of how the #MeToo movement transformed the public perception of accountability for abuse of power in the workplace and caused the development of new social, regulatory and technological mechanisms to hold organisations and individuals to account. The movement takes place in a wider social context in which technology platforms facilitate significant social change. The project also explores the role of digitalisation and the use of online social media and networking platforms in the rapid expansion and empowerment of the #MeToo movement.
The project is grounded on interdisciplinary perspectives of applied sociology, management and business studies, organisational psychology, social and environmental accounting and accountability. The study mobilises the lenses of the moral problematization of accountability (Butler, 2005; Messner, 2009; Roberts, 2009), the notions of organisational complexity (Gerrit & Marks, 2015; Klijn & Koppenjan, 2014) and psychological safety (Keegan, 2015) in the workplace and the impact of social movements on sustainable organisational practices (Gahan & Pekarek, 2013; Bertels, Hoffman & DeJordy, 2014; Lefsrud, Graves & Phillips, 2019).