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Governing Through Technology
Information Artefacts and Social Practice
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
24 Nov 2010
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Governing Through Technology describes the vital importance which digital information, in all its breeds and formats, acquires in restructuring organizations and other domains of social life in which expert work is carried out. Information produced and disseminated by an interlocking ecology of computer-based systems and artifacts currently provides the essential yet steadily shifting means for planning organizational operations and controlling organizational performances through multiple comparisons of outcomes across tasks, units, work clusters and sources. Information and information-based technologies are also a vital means through which expert work is conducted and monitored and an indispensable carrier of messages within and across sites and institutional boundaries.

In all these qualities, information ceases to be a simple administrative companion through which people execute or monitor their duties and becomes a pervasive element and a crucial platform upon which new social, administrative and economic relations develop.


Description

Governing Through Technology describes the vital importance which digital information, in all its breeds and formats, acquires in restructuring organizations and other domains of social life in which expert work is carried out. Information produced and disseminated by an interlocking ecology of computer-based systems and artifacts currently provides the essential yet steadily shifting means for planning organizational operations and controlling organizational performances through multiple comparisons of outcomes across tasks, units, work clusters and sources. Information and information-based technologies are also a vital means through which expert work is conducted and monitored and an indispensable carrier of messages within and across sites and institutional boundaries.

In all these qualities, information ceases to be a simple administrative companion through which people execute or monitor their duties and becomes a pervasive element and a crucial platform upon which new social, administrative and economic relations develop.


Contents

Technology as an Object of Social Enquiry
The Regulative Regime of Technology
Boundaries and Freedoms: Re-opening the Black Box of Technology
Deconstructing Information Packages: Efficiency versus Governance
Control and Complexity in a Connected World
Cognitive Foundations of Work: The Workplace as Information
Information Tokens and Reality: A Parable of the Internet


Authors

JANNIS KALLINIKOS is professor in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics, UK. His current research focuses on the study of technological information in all its forms (text, voice, image) and digital formats and the implications its diffusion carries for organizations and institutions.