Readership: Academics and researchers in Communication Studies, Science and Technology Studies, and Organization Studies.
Edited by Paul M. Leonardi, Pentair-Nugent Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University, Bonnie A. Nardi, Professor, Department of Informatics, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the University of California, Irvine, and Jannis Kallinikos, Professor, London School of Economics
Paul M. Leonardi is the Pentair-Nugent Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University where he teaches courses on the management of innovation and organizational change in the
School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Kellogg School of Management. His research focuses on how companies can design organizational structures and employ advanced information technologies to more effectively create and share knowledge. He is the author of Car Crashes Without Cars: Lessons about Simulation Technology and Organizational Change from Automotive Design (MIT Press, 2012).
Bonnie Nardi is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the University of California, Irvine. An anthropologist, she has studied the uses of digital technologies in offices, schools, homes, libraries, hospitals, scientific laboratories, and virtual worlds. Her theoretical orientation is
activity theory. She is the author of many scientific articles and books. Her latest books are My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft (University of Michigan Press, 2010) and Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (co-author, Princeton University Press, 2012).
Jannis Kallinikos is Professor and PhD programme Director in the Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of Management at the London School of Economics. His research covers a wide range of topics on the interpenetration of technology with the administrative and institutional arrangements of contemporary societies. Recent books include The Consequences of Information: Institutional Implications of Technological Change (Edward Elgar, 2006), and Governing Through Technology: Information Artefacts and Social Practice (Palgrave, 2011).
"Materiality and Organizing marks a long overdue turning point in the scholarly study of the human-technology relationship that now engulfs our lives. For too long, researchers have tended to treat technology as a dream conjured by agents and imbued with their projects. This brilliant sequence of essays restores and deepens the entire field of perception. It finally returns us to the facticity of technology as it persistently redefines the horizon of the possible. These tightly argued masterpieces reestablish technology as embodied and significant. Most importantly, they return us to materiality just in time. With each passing day, technology becomes both more abstracted from its physical manifestations and more ubiquitous, producing a dematerialized
materiality. Only a relentless focus on this paradox will yield the intellectual tools that are required to participate in our own destinies." - Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor, Harvard Business School
"This volume is a much-needed exploration of the material aspects of the technologies that have reshaped our world. For two decades, a narrative framing technologies as social constructions has led to important advances in our understanding of their nature and impacts. Materiality and Organizing provides an important counterbalance to this approach in its exploration of the dimensions of materiality that constrain but also enable technologies to connect with and affect people, organizations, and society. This volume is required reading for
scholars interested in technology, its development, and its impacts. Its insights into information technology are particularly significant." - Professor Marshall Scott Poole, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
"For too long the materiality of social life has been ignored by sociologists and organization studies scholars. The role of materiality in social life is turning out to be one of the most interesting and difficult issues in the field. This multidisciplinary collection does not offer a single solution but offers the latest thoughts of scholars who try and take materiality seriously in their own research. The resulting volume is a deep and fascinating collection of essays." - Professor Trevor Pinch, Cornell University
I. Setting the Stage
1: Jannis Kallinikos, Paul M. Leonardi, and Bonnie A. Nardi: The Challenge of Materiality: Origins, Scope, and Prospects
II. Theorizing Materiality
2: Paul M. Leonardi: Materiality, Sociomateriality, and Socio-Technical Systems: What Do These Terms Mean? How Are They Different? Do We Need Them?
3: Philip Faulkner and Jochen Runde: On Sociomateriality
4: Jannis Kallinikos: Form, Function, and Matter: Crossing the Border of Materiality
III. Materiality as Performativity
5: Neil Pollock: Ranking Devices: The Socio-Materiality of Ratings
6: Susan V. Scott and Wanda J. Orlikowski: Great Expectations: The Materiality of Commensurability in Social Media
7: Youngjin Yoo: Digital Materiality and the Emergence of an Evolutionary Science of the Artificial
IV. Materiality as Assemblage
8: Hamid Ekbia and Bonnie A. Nardi: Inverse Instrumentality: How Technologies Objectify Patients and Players
9: Anne-Laure Fayard: Space Matters, but How? Physical Space, Virtual Space, and Place
10: Jennifer Whyte and Chris Harty: Socio-material Practices of Design Co-ordination Across a Large Construction Project
V. Materiality as Affordance
11: Daniel Robey, Benoit Raymond, and Chad Anderson: Theorizing Information Technology as a Material Artifact in Information Systems Research
12: Samer Faraj and Bijan Azad: The Materiality of Technology: An Affordance Perspective
13: Carole Groleau and Christiane Demers: Pencils, Legos, and Guns: A Study of Artifacts Used in Architecture
VI. Materiality as Consequence
14: Brian T. Pentland and Harminder Singh: Materiality: What are the Consequences?
15: François Cooren, Gail Fairhurst, and Romain Huët: Why Matter Always Matters in (Organizational) Communication
16: Jenna Burrell: The Materiality of Rumor
17: Albert Borgmann: Matter Matters: Materiality in Philosophy, Physics, and Technology