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Account books as a mediating technology of organization  

François-Régis Puyou and Paolo Quattrone

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
Using examples from Rome, the Renaissance, and modernity, this chapter takes an historical view on how accounts allow organizations to coalesce. This phenomenon is described as a process of ... More

Accountability in Health Care  

Haldor Byrkeflot and Karsten Vrangbaek

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Apr 2016
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Jun 2016
The debate on accountability within the public sector has been lively in the past decade. Significant progress has been made in developing conceptual frameworks and typologies for ... More

Accreditation and Assessment in Vocational Education and Training  

Gordon Stanley

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Feb 2017
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Mar 2017
Vocational education and training has emerged from traditional industry and technical training into a vigorous post-compulsory education sector focused on satisfying the ever-changing ... More

Acoustic Tile as a mediating technology of organization  

Reinhold Martin

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
This chapter considers the history and organizational effects of the suspended acoustical tile ceiling in terms of the difference between ‘space’ (below) and ‘plenum’ (above). Reviewing the ... More

Actionable Knowledge  

Chris Argyris

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Mar 2005
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Sep 2009
The focus of this article is upon producing actionable knowledge. Propositions that are actionable are those that actors can use to implement effectively their intentions. Actionable ... More

Analyzing Freedom of Expression Online: Theoretical, Empirical, and Normative Contributions  

Victoria Nash

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter highlights the most significant ways in which research from across Internet Studies combines thematically to offer a picture of the challenges facing freedom of expression in ... More

Battery as a mediating technology of organization  

Jan Müggenburg

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
This chapter is dedicated to batteries as media of spatio-temporal organization. In a first step, the history of (rechargeable) batteries is summarized with special regard to their ... More

Bicycle as a mediating technology of organization  

Christoph Michels and Chris Steyaert

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
The bicycle is an almost iconic study artefact that assembles the technological with the social, the organizational with the cultural, and the geographical with the political. This chapter ... More

Bitcoin as a mediating technology of organization  

Lucas Introna and Lara Pecis

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
This chapter explores how Bitcoin promotes itself as an open, democratic, decentralized, and collaborative community that can bypass untrustworthy financial institutions. Whilst notions of ... More

Borgs in the Org? Organizational Decision Making and Technology  

Terri L. Griffith, Gregory B. Northcraft, and Mark A. Fuller

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2009
Data warehousing and the development of the World Wide Web both augment information gathering (search) processes in individual decision making by increasing the availability of required ... More

Bottlenecks, Modules, and Dynamic Architectural Capabilities  

Carliss Y. Baldwin

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Mar 2018
How do firms create and capture value in large technical systems? In this paper, I argue that the points of both value creation and value capture are the system’s bottlenecks. Bottlenecks ... More

By Means of Which: Media, Technology, Organization  

Timon Beyes, Robin Holt, and Claus Pias

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
This chapter traces and interrogates media, technology, and organization in their foundational relations, their forms, and their constraining and loosening effects and affects. The folding ... More

Calendar as a mediating technology of organization  

Florian Hoof

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
This chapter dwells on the calendar and more specifically on personal time management systems as a technology that mediates between the organization and the individual. The calendar is ... More

Card as a mediating technology of organization  

Markus Krajewski

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
Cards in all their varieties played a crucial role in pre-digital information processing and were only partially replaced at the start of the twenty-first century. Starting with Conrad ... More

Chair as a mediating technology of organization  

Maria-Laura Toraldo and Jeanne Mengis

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
This chapter examines the chair as both a mundane, physical object with the role of ‘seating a person’ and as a cultural artefact with a history of use, of handcraft, of design, and even of ... More

Changing the Story Surrounding Enterprise Systems to Improve our Understanding of What Makes ERP Work in Organizations  

Erica Wagner and Sue Newell

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2011
This article turns our attention to enterprise systems (ES). It shows that this competitiveness can be gained through enabling leaner production as a result of streamlining work flow with a ... More

Clock as a mediating technology of organization  

Melissa Gregg and Tamara Kneese

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
The clock has long been a social technology, or a way of authorizing a singular source to propel collective activity. This chapter explores whether this social function continues in quite ... More

Cloud as a mediating technology of organization  

John Durham Peters

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
This chapter explores the cultural productivity of the ontological elusiveness of clouds. Vaporous entities without a clear material or formal existence, clouds carry great freights of ... More

Coffee Machine as a mediating technology of organization  

Götz Bachmann and Paula Bialski

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Dec 2019
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Feb 2020
Technologies of coffee making and drinking at the workplace and in break rooms provide us with field-internal analytical devices for organizational research. Drawing on five ethnographic ... More

Cognition and Human Capital: The Dynamic Interrelationship between Knowledge and Behavior  

Rhett A. Brymer, Michael A. Hitt, and Mario Schijven

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Jan 2011
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May 2011
This article focuses on managerial, operative, and corporate cognition. It argues that ‘the transformation of knowledge into practice is mediated by the cognition of the firm's human ... More

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