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- DescriptionWhy do people who perform largely the same type of work make different techlogy choices in the workplace? An automotive design engineer working in India, for example, finds advanced information and communication techlogies essential, allowing him to work with far-flung colleagues; a structural engineer in California relies more on paper-based techlogies for her everyday work; and a software engineer in Silicon Valley operates on multiple digital levels simultaneously all day, continuing after hours on a company-supplied home computer and network connection. In Techlogy Choices, Diane Bailey and Paul Leonardi argue that occupational factors -- rather than personal preference or purely techlogical concerns -- strongly shape workers' techlogy choices. Drawing on extensive field work -- a decade's worth of observations and interviews in seven engineering firms in eight countries -- Bailey and Leonardi challenge the traditional views of techlogy choices: techlogical determinism and social constructivism. Their invative occupational perspective allows them to explore how external forces shape ideas, beliefs, and rms in ways that steer individuals to particular techlogy choices -- albeit in somewhat predictable and generalizable ways. They examine three relationships at the heart of techlogy choices: human to techlogy, techlogy to techlogy, and human to human. An occupational perspective, they argue, helps us t only to understand past techlogy choices, but also to predict future ones.
- Author BiographyDiane E. Bailey is Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Paul M. Leonardi is the Reece Duca Professor of Technology Management in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Car Crashes without Cars (MIT Press).
- Author(s)Diane E. Bailey,Paul M. Leonardi
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication20/03/2015
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleActing with Technology
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note6 figures
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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