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Technological Changes in Crime Investigation and Occupational Identity

Grant number: 23/11340-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 29, 2024
Effective date (End): June 22, 2024
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Administration - Administration of Specific Sectors
Principal Investigator:Rafael Alcadipani da Silveira
Grantee:Rafael Alcadipani da Silveira
Host Investigator: Michael Gerard Pratt
Host Institution: Escola de Administração de Empresas (EAESP). Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Boston College (BC), United States  


The research internship at Boston College is an expansion of the project "Grand Challenges of Society: Police Organizations and Criminal Investigation," funded by FAPESP. Employing an ethnographic and inductive approach, the original research examines how daily police investigation occurs. To date, 42 interviews and field observations have been conducted, identifying that the investigation is influenced by where and for whom it is conducted. It was found that technology is impacting the way investigation is conducted, replacing traditional methods and altering the profile of investigators. The analysis of technology's impacts on investigation is nascent in the literature on policing and reveals how emerging technologies are transforming professional occupations. In the research proposed in this BPE, the intention is to analyze, in the case of Brazilian police investigators, how technology is affecting their occupational identity, with the aim of building theorization in Organizational Studies on this phenomenon and contributing to the literature on occupations, identity, and technology in the field.

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