Materiality and Organizing: Social Interaction in a Technological World

Paperback | November 26, 2012

EditorPaul M. Leonardi, Bonnie A. Nardi, Jannis Kallinikos

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Ask a person on the street whether new technologies bring about important social change and you are likely to hear a resounding "yes." But the answer is less definitive amongst academics who study technology and social practice. Scholarly writing has been heavily influenced by the ideology oftechnological determinism - the belief that some types or technologically driven social changes are inevitable and cannot be stopped. Rather than argue for or against notions of determinism, the authors in this book ask how the materiality (the arrangement of physical, digital, or rhetoricalmaterials into particular forms that endure across differences in place and time) of technologies, ranging from computer-simulation tools and social media, to ranking devices and rumours, is actually implicated in the process of formal and informal organizing. The book builds a new theoretical framework to consider the important socio-technical changes confronting people's everyday experiences in and outside of work. Leading scholars in the field contribute original chapters examining the complex interactions between technology and the social, betweenartefact and humans. The discussion spans multiple disciplines, including management, information systems, informatics, communication, sociology, and the history of technology, and opens up a new area of research regarding the relationship between materiality and organizing.

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Ask a person on the street whether new technologies bring about important social change and you are likely to hear a resounding "yes." But the answer is less definitive amongst academics who study technology and social practice. Scholarly writing has been heavily influenced by the ideology oftechnological determinism - the belief that ...

Paul M. Leonardi is the Pentair-Nugent Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University where he teaches courses on the management of innovation and organizational change in the School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pagesPublished:November 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. Setting the Stage1. Jannis Kallinikos, Paul M. Leonardi, and Bonnie A. Nardi: The Challenge of Materiality: Origins, Scope, and ProspectsII. Theorizing Materiality2. Paul M. Leonardi: Materiality, Sociomateriality, and Socio-Technical Systems: What Do These Terms Mean? How Are They Different? Do We Need Them?3. Philip Faulkner and Jochen Runde: On Sociomateriality4. Jannis Kallinikos: Form, Function, and Matter: Crossing the Border of MaterialityIII. Materiality as Performativity5. Neil Pollock: Ranking Devices: The Socio-Materiality of Ratings6. Susan V. Scott and Wanda J. Orlikowski: Great Expectations: The Materiality of Commensurability in Social Media7. Youngjin Yoo: Digital Materiality and the Emergence of an Evolutionary Science of the ArtificialIV. Materiality as Assemblage8. Hamid Ekbia and Bonnie A. Nardi: Inverse Instrumentality: How Technologies Objectify Patients and Players9. Anne-Laure Fayard: Space Matters, but How? Physical Space, Virtual Space, and Place10. Jennifer Whyte and Chris Harty: Socio-material Practices of Design Co-ordination Across a Large Construction ProjectV. Materiality as Affordance11. Daniel Robey, Benoit Raymond, and Chad Anderson: Theorizing Information Technology as a Material Artifact in Information Systems Research12. Samer Faraj and Bijan Azad: The Materiality of Technology: An Affordance Perspective13. Carole Groleau and Christiane Demers: Pencils, Legos, and Guns: A Study of Artifacts Used in ArchitectureVI. Materiality as Consequence14. Brian T. Pentland and Harminder Singh: Materiality: What are the Consequences?15. Francois Cooren, Gail Fairhurst, and Romain Huet: Why Matter Always Matters in (Organizational) Communication16. Jenna Burrell: The Materiality of RumorVII. Epilogue17. Albert Borgmann: Matter Matters: Materiality in Philosophy, Physics, and Technology