Valuing Technology: Organisations, Culture and Change by Janice McLaughlinValuing Technology: Organisations, Culture and Change by Janice McLaughlin

Valuing Technology: Organisations, Culture and Change

byJanice McLaughlin, Paul Rosen, David Skinner

Paperback | October 20, 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 Technologyopens 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 makesValuing Technologyessential reading for students, lecturers and researchers within the fields of organisation studies and the sociology of technology.
Title:Valuing Technology: Organisations, Culture and ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:October 20, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415192110

ISBN - 13:9780415192118


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Technology changes society, altering how we live and work. Valuing Technology provides a unique investigation into the socio-technical change within organizations. Founded on a sweeping study of management information systems introduced to health, higher education and retailing, it examines the active role of end-users in the process of innovation. This book also evaluates technology based on needs, uses and utilities and studies the relationship between organizational and technological cultures.

Editorial Reviews

"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 ."