Humanistic redesign and technological politics in organisations

Richard Badham*, Karin Garrety, Christina Kirsch

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Abstract

The political nature of technology design and implementation is explicitly addressed in "human centred" projects to introduce technologies that support job enrichment, group autonomy and industrial democracy. Yet the political meaning of such projects does not simply manifest itself in pure form from the methods employed or the intentions of the humanistic actors but, rather, from the complex configuration of these and other factors present in the design and implementation context. Illustrates this theme in an analysis of a case study human centred project. Argues that an improved understanding of the configurational politics surrounding such projects is not only an important research area but is also of practical significance in improving humanistic and other interventions in innovation processes in modern organisations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-63
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Design
  • Organizational politics
  • Technology

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