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On sociomaterial imbrications: what plagiarism detection systems reveal and why it matters

Introna, L and Hayes, N (2011) On sociomaterial imbrications: what plagiarism detection systems reveal and why it matters. Information and Organization, 21 (2). pp. 57-122. ISSN 1471-7727

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Abstract

In the context of an increasingly mobile student population, and Greek students specifically, this paper opens up and reveals the manner in which a specific culturally situated human actor (the Greek student) and a specific culturally situated non-human actor (the plagiarism detection system) encounter, interpret and constitute each other within the situated context of the UK higher education system. Methodologically, we base our paper on a longitudinal in-depth case study that focussed on the teaching, learning and assessment practices in Greek public sector universities. Based on our Greek case example we specifically focus on how the delegation of plagiarism detection to a technical actor produces a particular set of agencies and intentionalities (a politics one might say) which unintentionally and unexpectedly conspires to constitute some students as plagiarists (who are not) and others as not (who are). We suggest that this is best explored by looking exactly at what is rendered visible and invisible in such imbrications. This has important implications for the design, implementation and use of IS in situated contexts.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Information and Organization
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 45815
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:37
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45815

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