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How Matter MattersObjects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies$
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Paul R. Carlile, Davide Nicolini, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671533.001.0001

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Media as Material: Information Representations as Material Foundations for Organizational Practice

Media as Material: Information Representations as Material Foundations for Organizational Practice

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(p.92) 5 Media as Material: Information Representations as Material Foundations for Organizational Practice
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How Matter Matters
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Paul Dourish

Melissa Mazmanian

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671533.003.0005

Through a confluence of different disciplinary interests and trajectories, questions of the materiality of digital media and information technologies have recently come into relief. There are several different strains of work under this broad umbrella and it is valuable to distinguish between the varied concerns. This chapter has two objectives. It begins by teasing apart and describing five related ways to conceptualize the materiality of digital goods. The goal is to provide a typology for delineating current streams of research and language for analysis. Next, the authors unpack one of these conceptions, the materiality of information representation, by first taking a historical perspective of the material consequences of representational practices. They then analyze two empirical examples that explore the role of digitization and simulation (or the materiality of digital representation) in order to shed light on how social and organizational systems respond to, create practices around, and develop delineating logics about digitally rendered data.

Keywords:   materiality, representation, literacy, simulation, information goods

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