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This work attempts to bridge the gap between the abstractions of current theories of organization and the somewhat excessively grounded material that forms the bulk of literatures within the information systems and knowledge management communities. It provides a theoretically informed analysis of the organizational impact of information technologies by examining and commenting upon the myriad ways in which various actors, organizations, and environments are represented through these technologies. The book deploys a number of different theoretical lenses (including systems theory, social constructivism, labour process theory, post-structuralism and actor network theory) that offer complementary and contrasting insights into the computerization of (managerial) work and its administration, and uses these theories to consider real examples of the development and implementation of knowledge and information systems.
Simon Lilley is a Reader in Information and Organization at the Management Centre, University of Leicester. Simon studied for his first degree, in psychology, at University College London. His PhD, which considers the impact of computerisation on the management of oil refineries, was awarded by Edinburgh University, being funded by the ESRC as part of their Programme on Information and Communication Technologies. Simon has taught previously at the Universities of
Keele, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Lancaster, at the International Business School, Budapest, and at the Manchester School of Management, UMIST.
Geoffrey Lightfoot is a Visiting Reader in Critical Organization Studies, University for Humanistics, Utrecht and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Management, Keele University. Geoffrey studied for his first degree, in social science, with the Open University. His masters in Economic History was taken with the London School of Economics and Political Science. His PhD, which investigated financial management practices of small firm owner-managers, was awarded by Kingston University.
Geoff has taught at Kinston University, Keele University, and the University for Humanistics, Utrecht.
Paulo Amaral M. N. is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Management, Keele University. Paulo studied for his undergraduate degree, in Economics and Business, at the University of Turin, Italy, and has taught at Keele University in Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Marketing and Management.