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Objects and the production of technological forms of life: Understanding organisational arrangements from a post‐social perspective

Alan Lowe (Department of Accounting, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

Objects are produced within, and simultaneously affect, the process of organizing as a consequence of their interaction within social collectives. This paper discusses the impact and influences of the growth of post‐social relations, between human and technological objects, on social and organisational arrangements. The paper presents a discussion largely at the conceptual level and draws from a variety of literatures, including the burgeoning sociology of science literature. The discussion in this paper is based on a view that posits the growth of intimate links with epistemic objects within organisations and society. Organising through networks of post‐social relations increasingly comes to affect the manner in which differing groups of organisational participants, and particularly various categories of knowledge workers, experience time and spatial arrangements within organisations.

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Lowe, A. (2004), "Objects and the production of technological forms of life: Understanding organisational arrangements from a post‐social perspective", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 337-351. https://doi.org/10.1108/09534810410545100

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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