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Power, Machines, and Social Relations: Delegating to Information Technology in the UK National Health Service

Bloomfield, Brian (1995) Power, Machines, and Social Relations: Delegating to Information Technology in the UK National Health Service. Organization, 2 (3-4). pp. 489-518. ISSN 1350-5084

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Abstract

This article considers the implications of Latour's notions of durability and delegation for theorizing the relationship between technology and organization. Two central themes are the heterogeneous character of the fabric of organizational life which interweaves both humans and non-humans (including machines and inscriptions); and the question of power/domination in matters technological. To contextualize the discussion, the paper reflects on some of the recent developments in the UK National Health Service (the NHS) which centre on the development and use of information systems for purposes of management control, decision-making, contracting and the search for greater efficiency and organizational rationality through the operation of an internal market.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Organization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 55455
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2012 09:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55455

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