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Loveable networks. A story of affection, attraction and treachery
Göteborg University, Gothenburg, Sweden; Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6662-0403
Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.
2001 (English)In: Journal of Organizational Change Management, ISSN 0953-4814, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 28-49Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In an increasingly connected age, information technology can be argued to have become more politicized. The attempts to establish network technologies to promote the development of an information society are tokens of an increasingly vested interest that politics has in information technologies. Recognition of the entanglement of politics and technology is crucial in understanding contemporary organizational change. Instead of taking organizational stability for granted, we assume organizational change to be the norm. In this paper, we point to the many organizing efforts needed to prevent technologies from drifting away into non-existence. We present two cases of IT ventures ± one seemingly failed and one seemingly successful. Together, they illustrate the point that technological networks, as stable as they may seem, can only survive as long as they permanently fascinate actors from other techno-economic networks and thereby attract their unconditional love, affection and commitment.

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2001. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 28-49
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Information technology, Politics, Technological innovation, Organizational change
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3792DOI: 10.1108/09534810110367084ISI: 000167370600003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0035584465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3792DiVA, id: diva2:116456
Available from: 2007-10-22 Created: 2007-10-22 Last updated: 2015-07-02Bibliographically approved

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