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Technology and the Transformation of Work

Richard John Badham

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199299249
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199299249.003.0007

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Technology and the Transformation of Work

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This article argues that traditional analyses of the impact of technology, as well as more recent explorations of the role of social agency in shaping technology, are not necessarily in competition. They both address enduring and important issues in the study of technology and the transformation of work. Yet despite their value and ongoing relevance, the stronger versions of these approaches remain restricted to a one-dimensional approach to workplace transformation. The softer versions of both approaches take up a more complex two-dimensional standpoint, recognizing the mutual influence of the technical and the social. However, in order to further advance the understanding of technology and the transformation of work, these two-dimensional views need to be integrated with those exploring a third dimension, which is explained in this article. This article shows that the themes addressed are implicit in a number of more traditional analyses of technology and the transformation of work.

Keywords: technology; social agency; transformation; two-dimensional views; transformation of work

Article.  8833 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Knowledge Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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