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Materiality and OrganizingSocial Interaction in a Technological World$
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Paul M. Leonardi, Bonnie A. Nardi, and Jannis Kallinikos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664054.001.0001

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The Materiality of Technology: An Affordance Perspective

The Materiality of Technology: An Affordance Perspective

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(p.237) 12 The Materiality of Technology: An Affordance Perspective
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Materiality and Organizing
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Samer Faraj

Bijan Azad

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664054.003.0012

The research at the nexus of technology-organizational change has converged on the materiality of technology as a fundamental theoretical concern. This chapter highlights three major weaknesses in how the extant research conceptualizes technology: conflation of product categories over technologies; superimposition of feature and technology; and static conception of technology over time. The chapter then points out how these weaknesses tend to decontextualize technology-in-use and thus underemphasize technology's materiality. The chapter then goes on to propose affordances as a viable scaffolding to undergird the development of a conceptual apparatus that takes account of materiality more holistically and in a more relational manner. The chapter concludes by pointing out the challenges ahead in the further development of the affordances concept to account for technology's materiality.

Keywords:   technology materiality, technology affordances, feature-centricity, relationality, technology-in-use

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