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Institutions and Technology: Frameworks for Understanding Organizational Change - The Case of a Major ICT Outsourcing Contract

Bridgman, T. and Willmott, Hugh 2006. Institutions and Technology: Frameworks for Understanding Organizational Change - The Case of a Major ICT Outsourcing Contract. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 42 (1) , pp. 110-126. 10.1177/0021886305284990

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Abstract

The paper offers a fresh approach to the analysis of technology in organization through a critique of Orlikowski and Barley's assessment that institutional theory has the potential to bridge the social and material facets of organizational change when greater emphasis is placed on the materiality of technology. Through analysis of a major information and communication technologies outsourcing contract between UK Inland Revenue and Electronic Data Services, the authors follow institutional theory in problematizing studies in which technology is treated as a material cause or independent variable. But the approach commended by Orlikowski and Barley, they argue, is flawed by its unproblematized assumption of a separation between the physical and social aspects of technology. Drawing on the thinking of Laclau and Mouffe, the authors advocate an alternative framework that unsettles the commonsense, naturalized differentiation of the materiality of technology and the discursive field through which it is articulated and given meaning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Institutional theory; organizational change; ICTs; discourse theory; outsourcing; actor-network theory
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0021-8863
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/40109

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