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Work, control and computation: rethinking the legacy of neo-institutionalism

Kallinikos, Jannis and Hasselbladh, Hans (2009) Work, control and computation: rethinking the legacy of neo-institutionalism. In: Meyer, Renate, Sahlin-Andersson, Kerstin, Ventresca, Marc J. and Walgenbach, Peter, (eds.) Institutions and Ideology. Research in the sociology of organizations. Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 257-282. ISBN 9781848558663

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Identification Number: 10.1108/S0733-558X(2009)0000027010


This chapter claims technology to be a principal mode of regulation in formal organizations alongside social structure and culture. Such a claim breaks with the conventional neo-institutional outlook that considers technology outside the object of institutional analysis of organizations. The distinctive regulative logic of computational technology is manifested in the increasing entanglement of domain-specific practices and their underlying cognitive and normative order with the decontextualized principles and methods that have traditionally been deployed in the management and control of work operations. Such entanglement and the effects it generates reflect the reshuffling of the regulative reach of technology, social structure and culture under the pressures exercised by the dynamics of current technological change and the impressive involvement of computational systems and artefacts in human affairs.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 15:18
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:27

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