Taking time to understand: articulating relationships between technologies and organizations
Whyte, J. (2010) Taking time to understand: articulating relationships between technologies and organizations. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 29. pp. 217-236. ISSN 0733-558X
To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X(2010)0000029016
Dynamic relationships between technologies and organizations are investigated through research on digital visualization technologies and their use in the construction sector. Theoretical work highlights mutual adaptation between technologies and organizations but does not explain instances of sustained, sudden, or increasing maladaptation. By focusing on the technological field, I draw attention to hierarchical structuring around inter-dependent levels of technology; technological priorities of diverse groups; power asymmetries and disjunctures between contexts of development and use. For complex technologies, such as digital technologies, I argue these field-level features explain why organizations peripheral to the field may experience difficulty using emerging technology.
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