Rethinking political process in technological change: Socio-technical configurations and frames

Ian McLoughlin*, Richard Badham, Paul Couchman

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The political process perspective has done much to enhance our understanding of the organizational effects of technological change as a negotiated outcome reflecting the political and power dynamics of the adopting context. In so doing, we suggest, technology has been marginalized as an analytical category and the problem of change agency, although better understood, remains largely unresolved. This article addresses these issues through the articulation of the concepts of socio-technical configurations and technological frames and explores their utility in understanding change agency through an action research project. The project sought a novel form of 'socio-technology' transfer, taking ideas and concepts of 'human-centered' manufacturing embodied in team-based cellular manufacture from a European context into three firms in Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-37
Number of pages4
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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