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The night of the bug:technology, risk and (dis)organization at the fin de siecle

Knights, David and Vurdubakis, Theo and Willmott, Hugh (2008) The night of the bug:technology, risk and (dis)organization at the fin de siecle. Management and Organizational History, 3 (3-4). pp. 289-309. ISSN 1744-9359

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Abstract

Euro-American forms of social organization are increasingly performed via ever more intricate computer systems and networks. Against this backdrop, the corrosive spectre of computer failure has assumed the role of the ‘network society’s dreaded other, the harbinger of dis-organization and dis-order.At the close of the twentieth century anxiety over the probable effects and consequences of the so-called ‘Millennium Bug’ provided a stark contrast to the then prevailing internet euphoria.This article suggests that the Bug, and the extensive (and costly) efforts that were dedicated to its extermination, provide us with a useful illustration of the ways in which IT applications have been used to think and enact particular, historically and culturally situated, notions of (human and technological) agency, organization, manageability and expertise.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Management and Organizational History
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer failure ; institutional memory ; manageability ; Millennium Bug ; Y2K
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 45807
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 16:58
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45807

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