Theory Of Technology

Theory Of Technology

by David Clarke
     
 

The history of technology is often troubled by good ideas that do not, for one reason or another, take off right away—sometimes for millennia. Sometimes, technology comes to a standstill, and sometimes, it even reverses itself. Thus, unlike science, which seems to proceed at a reasonable and calm rate, the progress of technology is difficult to theorize about.

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The history of technology is often troubled by good ideas that do not, for one reason or another, take off right away—sometimes for millennia. Sometimes, technology comes to a standstill, and sometimes, it even reverses itself. Thus, unlike science, which seems to proceed at a reasonable and calm rate, the progress of technology is difficult to theorize about. While in science many developments are predictable to a certain extent and this predictability may, at times, direct or stymie science's progress—as with stem-cell research and cloning—technological advances, such as the Internet, are often sudden and unpredictable, and therefore frightening.

In Theory of Technology, David Clarke brings together nine authors who try to understand technology from a variety of viewpoints. Rias van Wyk, in "Technology," parses the concept into many angles, including its anatomy, taxonomy, and evolution. Karol Pelc, in "Knowledge Mapping," discusses tracking the evolution of the emerging discipline of technology management. Jon Beard, in "Management of Technology," pursues a similar mapping endeavor, but looks to the patterns of the literature of technology management. Thomas Clarke, in "Unique Features of an R&D Work Environment and Research Scientists and Engineers," takes the reader on a tour of how people of technology present unique challenges to not just management but whole organizations.

Richard Howey, in "Understanding Software Technology," places enterprise software into a meaningful pattern of technology management. Fred Foldvary and Daniel Klein, in "The Half-Life of Policy Rationales," discuss how new technology affects old policy issues. John Cogan, in "Some Philosophical Thoughts on the Nature of Technology," maintains that our Aristotelian search for the essence of technology is doomed. And Peter Bond, in "The Biology of Technology," establishes a basis for the development of a socio-biological approach to understanding the phenomena of technological society and technical change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765808448
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Technology : a fundamental structure?1
2Knowledge mapping : the consolidation of the technology management discipline25
3Management of technology : a three-dimensional framework with propositions for future research35
4Unique features of an R&D work environment and research scientists and engineers51
5Understanding software technology65
6The half-life of policy rationales : how new technology affects old policy issues79
7Some philosophical thoughts on the nature of technology91
8The biology of technology - an exploratory essay99
9Technological semantics and technological practice : lessons from an enigmatic episode in twentieth-century technology studies119

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