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The object and the event: The power in things

Fletcher, G and Greenhill, A 2007, The object and the event: The power in things , in: Critical Management Studies, 11-13 July 2007, University of Manchester. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper examines information and communications technology artefacts as a subset of the broader range of cultural items that surround and pervade contemporary experiences of the everyday. Within this context the paper utilises the critical perspectives of material culture studies to interpret the way in which artefacts continuously act as proxy agents of power within organisations. All artefacts reflect and are simultaneously influenced by dominant power structures. However, this relationship is not constant and is experienced in an indeterminate manner. Specific events within the organisation variously reinforce dominant structures or alternatively offer moments of liberation which are experienced directly and through interaction with artefacts. The argument presented in this paper understands events as cycling between the situationist perspectives of detournement and recuperation. By examining events and various interchanges that occur between people and objects, a critical understanding of how artefacts can be used both as tools of emancipation as well as mechanisms for reinforcing managerial and ideological modes of power can be exposed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical thinking, management, information, communication, ICT, information management
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Digital Business
Refereed: Yes
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Depositing User: Gordon Fletcher
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2009 16:11
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:59
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