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Technology Choices
Author: Diane E. Bailey

ISBN: 9780262028424
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8 January 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4
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An analysis of the occupational factors that shape the technology choices made by people who perform the same type of work.

Why do people who perform largely the same type of work make different technology choices in the workplace? An automotive design engineer working in India, for example, finds advanced information and communication technologies essential, allowing him to work with far-flung colleagues; a structural engineer in California relies more on paper-based technologies for her everyday work; and a software engineer in Silicon Valley operates on multiple digital levels simultaneously all day, continuing after hours on a company-supplied home computer and network connection. In Technology Choices, Diane Bailey and Paul Leonardi argue that occupational factors -- rather than personal preference or purely technological concerns -- strongly shape workers' technology choices.

Drawing on extensive field work -- a decade's worth of observations and interviews in seven engineering firms in eight countries -- Bailey and Leonardi challenge the traditional views of technology choices: tech...

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