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Computerization Movements and Technology Diffusion
From Mainframes to Ubiquitous Computing
Edited by Margaret S. Elliott and Kenneth L. Kraemer
Foreword by Suzanne Iacono
This book is a significant contribution to scholarly study in Social
Informatics ... unique in being the largest collection of research
papers on CMs to date. ... it shows that CMs greatly influence how
people think about computing technologies and therefore help shape the
technology adoption decisions of managers and users in organizations,
and more broadly within society."
— Dr. Suzanne Iacono, from the foreword
"Computerization movement” (CM), as first articulated by Rob Kling,
refers to a special kind of social and technological movement that
promotes the adoption of computing within organizations and society.
Here, editors Margaret S. Elliott and Kenneth L. Kraemer and more than
two dozen noted scholars trace the successes and failures of CMs from
the mainframe and PC eras to the current Internet era and the emerging
era of ubiquitous computing.
Through theoretical analyses,
systematic empirical studies, field-based studies, and case studies of
specific technologies, the book shows CMs to be driven by Utopian
visions of technology that become part of the "ether” within society,
creating a general bias in favor of computing adoption. The empirical
studies presented here show the need for designers, users, and the
media to be aware that CM rhetoric can propose grand visions that never
become part of a reality, and reinforce the need for critical and
scholarly review of promising new technologies.
2008/608 pp/hardbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-311-6
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