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.
The books in the series offer groundings in central elements of the management of technology and innovation. They provide stimulating treatments of key themes which form part of the Management of Technology and/or Innovation syllabus and are primarily aimed at advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturing and research staff. The books explain, develop and critically explore issues and concepts on the assumption that students and staff already have a basic understanding of the area. All the books in the series incorporate a combination of this review of the current state of knowledge in a particular aspect of the management of technology/innovation with the presentation and discussion of new primary material not previously published.