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Organizations and Communication Technology
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Organizations and Communication Technology

Edited by:
  • Janet Fulk - University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Charles W. Steinfield


October 2012 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How do technology and organization interact to shape organizational structures and processes? What organizational, political and social processes constrain technological development? What forces shape the articulation of organizational and technological systems?

Answering these and other pivotal questions, this volume centres on the role of theory for advancing our knowledge of communication technology in organizations at several levels - micro, group and macro. The distinguished contributors examine richly diverse topics, including telecommunications, communication networks and new media, the use of group decision support systems and discretionary databases.

 
PART ONE: THEORIZING ABOUT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN ORGANIZATIONS
Charles W Steinfield and Janet Fulk
The Theory Imperative
 
PART TWO: TWO VIEWS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, TASKS, AND ORGANIZATIONS
James R Beniger
Conceptualizing Information Technology as Organization, and Vice Versa
Clifford Nass and Laurie Mason
On the Study of Technology and Task
A Variable-Based Approach

 
 
PART THREE: INDIVIDUAL INTERACTIONS WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
Linda Klebe Trevino, Richard L Daft and Robert H Lengel
Understanding Managers' Media Choices
A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

 
Robert W Zmud
Opportunities for Strategic Information Manipulation through New Information Technology
Janet Fulk, Joseph W Schmitz and Charles W Steinfield
A Social Influence Model of Technology Use
 
PART FOUR: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COLLECTIVE BEHAVIORS
Noshir S Contractor and Eric M Eisenberg
Communication Networks and New Media in Organizations
Marshall Scott Poole and Gerardine DeSanctis
Understanding the Use of Group Decision Support Systems
The Theory of Adaptive Structuration

 
M Lynne Markus
Toward a `Critical Mass' Theory of Interactive Media
Terry Connolly and Brian K Thorn
Discretionary Databases
Theory, Data, and Implications

 
 
PART FIVE: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ORGANIZATION DESIGN
George P Huber
A Theory of the Effects of Advanced Information Technologies on Organizational Design, Intelligence, and Decision Making
Thomas J Allen and Oscar Hauptman
The Substitution of Communication Technologies for Organizational Structure in Research and Development
Peter G W Keen
Telecommunications and Organizational Choice

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