Organising in the Information Age
Distributed Technology, Distributed Leadership, Distributed Identity, Distributed Discourse
This title was first published in 2002. Networked technologies are now widespread: in workplaces, at home, and in transport, connecting providers of products and services with consumers, and linking government with the governed. The distributed nature of such technologies, their non-hierarchical structure and widespread availability, affords modes of access to information, for its creation and transmission as well as reception and consumption. The spatial and temporal constraints on patterns of communication exchange that have hitherto applied are dissolved by the availability of distributed and asynchronous modes of communication. This volume explores key facets of the consequences of the emergence of this distributed technology for organizational life. It argues that these developments have taken place at such a pace that organizational theory has not kept up to analyse and explain adequately the current applications or to explore possible future applications. This book contributes to the necessary development of organizational theory, by providing analysis and empirical studies of existing applications. The themes of distributed technology, distributed leadership, distributed identity and distributed discourse provide key elements for new modes of analysis, and potentially new vistas for the future shape of globalisation.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Margaret Grieco. 2. Why distributed discourse matters, Stewart Clegg. 3. Relational identity and relational technology: implications for everyday life, Len Holmes and Margaret Grieco. 4. E-communications and relational constructionism: distributed action, distributed leadership and ecological possibilities, Dian Marie Hosking. 5. Personal dataspace and organizations: managing personal knowledge and identity, Marcus Wigan. 6. E-collectivism: on-line action and on-line mobilization, John Hogan and Anne Marie Greene. 7. Archiving social practice: the management of transport boycotts, Miriam Green, Margaret Grieco and Len Holmes. 8. Changing contours, changing technology: Aboriginal participation in administration in the Northern Territory, Perry Morrison. 9. Distributed globalization: identity, virtuality and adjacency, Stephen Little. 10. Globalization - trash or treasure? the experience of the cancer support association of Western Australia, Peter Daale. 11. The psychoanalysis of on-line auditing, David Crowther. 12. Shifts in the balance of Scottish democracy: from the far side of the historical circumference towards a new information union, Paul Griffin. 13. Changing the contours through information technology: the open management of transport, Julian Hine, Jeff Turner and Margaret Grieco. 14. The distribution of telecom technology across the Indonesian border, Alfons van Marrewijk. 15. Epilogue: a juxtaposition of virtual discourse communities and organizational life, Earon Kavanagh; Index.