The Labyrinths of Information: Challenging the Wisdom of Systems

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"In a series of essays, Ciborra uses a string of metaphors - such as Bricolage, Krisis, Gestell, etc. - to place a concern for human existence and our working lives at the centre of the study of ICTs and their diffusion in business organizations, and looks at our practices, improvisations, and moods." Labyrinths of Information presents an alternative role to the current approaches in management, software-engineering, and strategy that will be of interest to all those concerned with the deployment of ICTs in society today - whether as users, managers, designers, policy makers, or the merely curious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199275267
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/2/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Claudio Ciborra graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, before pursuing his studies in management, economics, and organization theory at the University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University. He has held teaching positions at a number of Italian universities and been a Visiting Professor in many European and American universities. He is currently Chair Professor of Information Systems at the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Professor at IULM in Milan. He has carried out extensive research in the fields of new technologies, organizational structures, learning, knowledge, and change.

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Table of Contents

1 Invitation 1
2 Krisis : judging methods 11
3 Bricolage : improvisation, hacking, patching 29
4 Gestell : the power of infrastructures 55
5 Derive : drift and deviation 83
6 Xenia : hosting an innovation 103
7 Shih : architecture and action 119
8 Kairos (and Affectio) : seizing the opportunity 153
Methodological appendix (Odos) : my chosen road 173
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