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Technological practice, firms, communities and networks

Araujo, L M (2004) Technological practice, firms, communities and networks. Working Paper. The Department of Marketing, Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to explore the notion of technology as a practice and a system of connections. The Hughesian tradition in the history of technology locates technological practice in transorganisational systems, involving a variety of different actors by a central figure or entrepreneur. The Chandlerian approach privileges the firm as site of development of idiosyncratic capabilities, appropriation and development of technologies. Alternative approaches regard technology as knowledge, associated with well-winnowed traditions of practice and clearly defined communities of practitioners, involving both individuals and organisations. Constant (1987) attempted to reconcile these different traditions, through a framework contemplating communities of practitioners as the locus of technological knowledge, firms as the locus of technological practice and technological systems as the broader context where technologies evolve. Whilst relying on Constant's insights, this paper argues that a more refined conception of technology as practice and knowledge as a system of connections needs to address junctions of user-producer interaction as the locus where technological is developed and shaped

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Technology ; communities of practice ; knowledge-based theory of the firm
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Marketing
    ID Code: 48704
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:07
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 18:26
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48704

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