Technology and Organization: Essays in Honour of Joan Woodward Vol: 29

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02 Jul 2010
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
310 pages - 156 x 234 x 28mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
It is now 35 years since the death of Professor Joan Woodward, one of the founding figures of organization studies. Professor Woodward died in 1971 at the age of 54 after a relatively brief but highly distinguished career as a management researcher and teacher, and just six years after the publication of her landmark book "Industrial Organization". At the time of her death, Professor Woodward was the Chair in Industrial Sociology at Imperial College London, having been elected as only the second women professor at the College in 1970. She joined the Production Engineering and Management Section of Imperial in 1958 and the majority of her most important work was published during this period. Prior to this she had spent a number of years at the South East Essex College of Technology where she conducted much of the empirical work that informed her significant contributions to the field.
Advisory Board. List of Contributors. Preface. Introduction: Joan Woodward and the study of organizations. Joan Woodward: A personal memory. From medieval history to smashing the medieval account of organizations. Joan Woodward: A style fit for the task. Working with Joan Woodward. The contribution of Joan Woodward: A personal reflection. We are what we do (and how we do it): Organizational technologies and the construction of organizational identity. Letting users into our world: Some organizational implications of user-generated content. Entrepreneurship and the construction of value in biotechnology. Institutional sources of technological knowledge: a community perspective on nanotechnology emergence. Project-based innovation: The world after Woodward. Taking time to understand: Articulating relationships between technologies and organizations. Technology and organization: Contingency all the way down. Textualizing technology: Knowledge, artifact, and practice. Technology, institutions, and entropy: understanding the critical and creative role of maintenance work. What are business models? Developing a theory of performative representations. The role of structured intuition and entrepreneurial opportunities. The organization of technological platforms. Research in the sociology of organizations. Research in the sociology of organizations. Copyright page.

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