Reading Group May 13 2008
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
The Entangling of Technology and Work in Organizations" by Orlikowski and Scott, February 2008 LSE Working Paper Series 168. This paper can be downloaded from the LSE IS department website.
In this paper, Orlikowski and Scott develop the concept of Sociomateriality. Orlikowski published on this topic last year in Organizational Studies. This paper makes a number of serious claims in relation to the way IS researchers have investigated the role of technology in organisations. Specifically, Orlikowski and Scott are attempting to develop a theory surrounding the materiality of the IT artefact. In so doing, they draw upon Latour and Reckwitz. They support a number of criticism leveled against Latour and use these criticisms to reposition the concept of materiality within the praxiological perspective. This is a working paper, in what appears to be a developing area of interest for a number of IS researchers. It brings us, in a limited way, into contact with Materiality, ANT, Agency, Praxis, Perception and Mediation.
Part of my motivation for suggesting this paper is based on my own research interests, and my excitement regarding the possibilities ANT and Materiality present. From the perspective of next month's LCD conference, since a number of students are engaged in ANT type research, it may be timely to re-familiarise ourselves with these interrelated perspectives, and, with the strong possibility of enticing Bruno Latour to UCD, the paper may also provide some useful points for future conversations.