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Valuing Technology : Organisations, Culture and Change - Janice McLaughlin

Valuing Technology

Organisations, Culture and Change

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Published: 26th August 1999
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How 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.

"The authors of" Valuing Technology ...suggest that adding IT to an organization, and finding "value" in that technology, is a complex process that happens as much at the frontline work site as it does at the upper levels of management.American Journal of Sociology "September 2001 ."

Introduction
Valuing Technology
Technology acquisition and consumption
Drivers of change: organisational and technological imperatives
Organisational Cultures and Identities
Administering organisational space: standardisation and malleability
Mediating change: corporate and workplace culture
Rationalising knowledge: professional identity and the construction of need
Gendered organisation, gendered technology
Finding Certainty
Making it useable: Constructions of usability
Securing stability, constructing value
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780415192118
ISBN-10: 0415192110
Series: The Management of Technology and Innovation
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 26th August 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1