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(p. vi) Acknowledgements

(p. vi) Acknowledgements

When we began work on this Oxford University Press Handbook, Claudio Ciborra, Professor of Information Systems at the LSE, was an enthusiastic member of our editorial team. Until his death in February 2005 he had responsibility for the second theme on Organizational Dynamics, Strategy, Design, and ICTs. Roger Silverstone, Professor of Media and Communications at the LSE, completed his work for the fourth theme on Culture, Community and New Media Literacies before his death in July 2006. We dedicate this book to Claudio and to Roger. We greatly miss their contributions now.

David Musson, commissioning editor for this handbook, was hugely encouraging throughout its lengthy gestation and we thank him for his confidence in our ability to put together a volume of this kind.

We are very grateful to each of the contributors. We understand that a handbook chapter is not necessarily at the top of the list of papers waiting for completion. Books and refereed articles claim a substantial share of the time of academics, as do teaching, administration, and other activities. We thank all the authors for their responsiveness to our comments and to those of the referees. We also thank them for their willingness to contribute to a strongly interdisciplinary handbook.

The editors of this handbook work variously in the fields of study of information systems, media and communications, and science and technology policy, as well as in economics, sociology, and cognate disciplines. We commissioned the chapters based on our knowledge of leading research in these areas. The juxtapositions of the theory and methodology from these areas of inquiry may be uncomfortable for some of our contributors as well as for some of our readers. Our conviction is that productive interdisciplinarity is not a matter of smoothing away difference. Rather, it is a matter of acknowledging the great variety of questions that need to be asked, and of developing theories and methodologies that are most appropriate. We are pleased that the contributors have shown a willingness to join us in this endeavour.

All those who refereed a chapter for this book, often at short notice, and always with great care and attention, also are to be thanked. The referees have agreed to be named and they are all actively involved in research in the areas we have included: Johannes Bauer, Nancy Baym, Sandra Braman, David Buckingham, Bart Cammaerts, Edward Comor, Philip Cooke, Wendy Currie, Peter Dahlgren, William H. Dutton, Jonathan Haskel, Richard W. Hawkins, Caroline Haythornthwaite, (p. vii) Richard Hull, Frank Land, Sonia Liff, Priscilla Regan, Sundeep Sahay, Luc Soete, Harry Trebing, Frank Webster, Chris Westrup and Sally Wyatt.

Cynthia Little is to be congratulated, given the substantial size of this volume, for taking much of the detailed editing burden off our shoulders. As always, she performed well. We thank many others for their contributions including Kathy Moir in the early stages of commissioning the chapters and those who supported this work in their personal or professional capacities. (p. viii)