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Title:
Organizations and communication technology / edited by Janet Fulk, Charles Steinfield.
Published:
Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage Publications, c1990.
Description:
328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Other Authors:
Fulk, Janet.

Steinfield, Charles William.
ISBN:
0803935307

0803935315 (pbk.)

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Summary

Summary

How do technology and organization interact to shape organizational structures and processes? What organizational, political and social processes constrain technological development? What forces shape the articulation of organizational and technological systems?

Answering these and other pivotal questions, this volume centres on the role of theory for advancing our knowledge of communication technology in organizations at several levels - micro, group and macro. The distinguished contributors examine richly diverse topics, including telecommunications, communication networks and new media, the use of group decision support systems and discretionary databases.


Summary

How do technology and organization interact to shape organizational structures and processes? What organizational, political and social processes constrain technological development? What forces shape the articulation of organizational and technological systems?Answering these and other pivotal questions, this volume centres on the role of theory for advancing our knowledge of communication technology in organizations at several levels - micro, group and macro. The distinguished contributors examine richly diverse topics, including telecommunications, communication networks and new media, the use of group decision support systems and discretionary databases.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Theorizing About Information Technology in Organizations
The Theory ImperativeCharles W Steinfield and Janet Fulk
Part 2 Two Views of Information Technology, Tasks, and Organizations
Conceptualizing Information Technology as Organization, and Vice VersaJames R Beniger
On the Study of Technology and TaskClifford Nass and Laurie Mason
A Variable-Based Approach
Part 3 Individual Interactions With Information Technology intThe Organizational Context
Understanding Managers' Media ChoicesLinda Klebe Trevino and Richard L Daft and Robert H Lengel
A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Opportunities for Strategic Information Manipulation through New Information TechnologyRobert W Zmud
A Social Influence Model of Technology UseJanet Fulk and Joseph W Schmitz and Charles W Steinfield
Part 4 Information Technology and Collective Behaviors
Communication Networks and New Media in OrganizationsNoshir S Contractor and Eric M Eisenberg
Understanding the Use of Group Decision Support SystemsMarshall Scott Poole and Gerardine DeSanctis
The Theory of Adaptive Structuration
Toward a 'Critical Mass' Theory of Interactive MediaM Lynne Markus
Discretionary DatabasesTerry Connolly and Brian K Thorn
Theory, Data, and Implications
Part 5 Information Technology and Organization Design
A Theory of the Effects of Advanced Information Technologies on Organizational Design, Intelligence, and Decision MakingGeorge P Huber
The Substitution of Communication Technologies for Organizational Structure in Research and DevelopmentThomas J Allen and Oscar Hauptman
Telecommunications and Organizational ChoicePeter G W Keen
Part 1 Theorizing About Information Technology in Organizations
The Theory ImperativeCharles W Steinfield and Janet Fulk
Part 2 Two Views of Information Technology, Tasks, and Organizations
Conceptualizing Information Technology as Organization, and Vice VersaJames R Beniger
On the Study of Technology and TaskClifford Nass and Laurie Mason
A Variable-Based Approach
Part 3 Individual Interactions With Information Technology intThe Organizational Context
Understanding Managers' Media ChoicesLinda Klebe Trevino and Richard L Daft and Robert H Lengel
A Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Opportunities for Strategic Information Manipulation through New Information TechnologyRobert W Zmud
A Social Influence Model of Technology UseJanet Fulk and Joseph W Schmitz and Charles W Steinfield
Part 4 Information Technology and Collective Behaviors
Communication Networks and New Media in OrganizationsNoshir S Contractor and Eric M Eisenberg
Understanding the Use of Group Decision Support SystemsMarshall Scott Poole and Gerardine DeSanctis
The Theory of Adaptive Structuration
Toward a 'Critical Mass' Theory of Interactive MediaM Lynne Markus
Discretionary DatabasesTerry Connolly and Brian K Thorn
Theory, Data, and Implications
Part 5 Information Technology and Organization Design
A Theory of the Effects of Advanced Information Technologies on Organizational Design, Intelligence, and Decision MakingGeorge P Huber
The Substitution of Communication Technologies for Organizational Structure in Research and DevelopmentThomas J Allen and Oscar Hauptman
Telecommunications and Organizational ChoicePeter G W Keen