Oxford University Press (July 2002)
How to use information and communication technologies in organisations and how to manage their impact has been the traditional domain of computer specialists and management consultants. The former have offered multiple ways to represent, model, and build applications that would streamline and accelerate data flows, while the latter have been busy linking the deployment of ICTs with strategy and the redesign of business processes.
This book takes quite a different approach altogether. In a series of essays, Ciborra uses a string of metaphors, such as 'bricolage', 'krisis', and 'gestell', to place a concern for human existence and our working lives at the centre of the study of ICTs and their diffusion in business organisations, and looks at our practices, improvisations, and moods.
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