The Labyrinths of Information: Challenging the Wisdom of Systems

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A reflective discussion of information in the contemporary organization. Current descriptions of the design, implementation, management, and use of information technology in organizations are largely founded on notions of rationality, science, and method. In this volume the author focuses on an alternative centre of gravity: human existence in everyday life. While still informed by the author's own research and consultancy work, the volume eschews the overly technical character of much writing about IT in favour ...

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Overview

A reflective discussion of information in the contemporary organization. Current descriptions of the design, implementation, management, and use of information technology in organizations are largely founded on notions of rationality, science, and method. In this volume the author focuses on an alternative centre of gravity: human existence in everyday life. While still informed by the author's own research and consultancy work, the volume eschews the overly technical character of much writing about IT in favour of an exploration of the subject through various conceptual prisms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199241521
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/22/2002
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (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
2. Krisis
3. Bricolage
4. Gestell
5. Dérive
6. Xenia
7. Shih
8. Kairos (and Affectio)
9. Methodological Appendix (Odos)

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