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Valuing Technology by Janice McLaughlin
Book DescriptionHow does new information technology become part of the fabric of organisational life? Drawing on insights from social studies of technology, gender studies and the sociology of consumption, Valuing Technology opens up new directions in the analysis of sociotechnical change within organisations. Based on a major research project focused upon the introduction of management of information systems in health, higher education and retailing, I explores the active role of end-users in innovation. This book argues that it is through the , often difficult, engagement between users and technology that new computer systems come to gain value within organisations. Key themes developed through analysis of case studies include: *the valuing of technology via the on-going construction of needs, uses and utilities *occupational identities, organisational inequalities and technological change *the gendering of technological and organisational change *interpretive flexibility and the 'stabilisation' of technological systems and their incorporation into the lives of people in organisations. A stimulating blend of the theoretical and substantive, this book demands a radical redefinition of 'technology acquisition'. It's highly original approach makes Valuing Technology essential reading for students, lecturers and researchers within the fields of organisation studies and the sociology of technology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415192118
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Janice McLaughlin
Contesting Recognition, Hardback (November 2011)
This book explores the social and political significance of contemporary recognition contests in areas such as disability, race and ethnicity, nationalism, class and sexuality, drawing on accounts from Europe, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East and Australasia.
Ostriches, Dung Beetles and Other Spiritual Masters, Paperback (October 2009)
During more than 30 years in Africa, Janice McLaughlin has not only become deeply attuned to all that we can learn of our Creator from nature, she has also accumulated a fund of rare wisdom useful in daily life. Sketches of African wildlife accompany the reflections presented in this book.
Families Raising Disabled Children, Hardback (October 2008)» View all books by Janice McLaughlin
Drawing upon qualitative material from parents and professionals, including ethnography, narrative inquiry, interviews and focus groups, this book brings together feminist and critical disability studies theories.
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