1st Edition

Technological Change and Organizational Action

Edited By Juha Laurila, David Preece Copyright 2003

    In recent decades an extensive array of changes and innovations have taken place in and across work organizations and networks of organizations and workers, facilitated by new technologies and technological forms. This has initiated an interest in technological change as one of the conditions for organizational action and researchers have begun to draw inspiration from a wider spectrum of conceptual issues, perspectives and theoretical traditions.
    This book is interested in the level of praxis and how this might be understood and theorized. It brings together a comprehensive collection of empirically-grounded and theoretically-informed research projects from studies of organizational practice which explore a number of technological changes in a variety of contexts. These are informed by contemporary debates within and across theoretical approaches including the sociology of technology, work and organizations, actor network theory, technology as text and metaphor, processual and political perspectives, social and business network-based approaches to the analysis of technology and innovation, and the social construction and shaping of technology.
    This book will be essential reading for researchers and advanced students within the field of technology, work and organizations and also organization studies and management studies.

    1. Juha Laurila and David Preece Looking Backwards and Sideways to See Forward: Some Notes on Technological Change and Organizational Action2. Ian McLoughlin and Patrick Dawson The Mutual Shaping of Technology and Organizatioin: 'Between Cinema and a Hard Place'3. David Preece and Ken Clarke Company Intranets, Technology and Texts4. Christian Koch ERP Software Packages: Between Mass Production and a Hard Place5. Richard Bahdam, Ian McLoughlin and Karin Garrety 'Push People's Balls and Push People's Balls and Push People's Balls Until Something Comes Out': Understanding Implementation as a 'Configurational Practice'6. Hanuu Hanninen Normalization of Risks: A Streeam of Bow Visor Incidents and the Estonia Ferry Accident7. Ossie Jones Kicking Against the Pricks: Corporate Entrepreneurship in Mature Organizations8. Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma Experimentation as a Boundary Practice in Exploring Technological Development Processes in Chemistry9. Chris Hendry, Jim Brown, Hans-Dieter Ganter and Susanne Hilland Regional Technology Systems or Global Networks? The Sources of Innovation in Opto-Electronics in Wales and Thuringia10. David Knights and Darren McCabe 'We Have Crossed the Rubicon': A 'One Team' Approach Towards Knowledge Management


    David Preece is Professor of Technology Management and Organization Studies in the Business School, the University of Teesside. His current research interests include organizational change in the UK public house retailing sector and constructing, using and talking about company intranets. Juha Laurila is a Senior Research Fellow (The Academy of Finland) in Management and Organization at the Helsinki School of Economics, Finland. His current research interests include institutional and social movement theory and technological change in business firms.