Title

Individualist and collectivist representations of technology

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Public Management

School

School of Business

RAS ID

562

Comments

Dobson, P.J. (2002). Individualist and collectivist representations of technology. In: Lethbridge, N. (Ed.). E-conomy- from here to where? 3rd international We-B conference. Churchlands, Australia: Edith Cowan University School of Management Information Systems We-B Centre.

Abstract

This article presents various individualist and collectivist positions on representing IT systems and discusses the benefits and dangers of such representations. The article emphasizes the importance of examining the social context in which the IT system operates and suggests that in order to examine social situations there needs to be a recognition of the importance of structure and agency. It discusses the use of structuration theory to represent technology and proposes the development of a new model based around critical realism.

 
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