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1 Intro to Management Hilary 2008 Professor Steve Woolgar Week 5 • Lecture H9: Science, truth and management • Lecture H10: Management speak, consultants and gurus • Tutorial questions: • Is there any scientific basis to management? or • Do consultants ever speak the truth? Week 6 • Lecture H11: What is technology? • Lecture H12: Internet technologies and the “new” organisation • Tutorial questions: • How can we understand the impact of technology upon organisation? or • Must we always be taken in by the hype about new technology? Introduction to Management Lecture H11: 19 th February 2008 What is technology? Professor Steve Woolgar – Recap lectures H9 and H10 – Technology and Management – Five Theoretical Perspectives on Technology – Conclusions Recap lectures H9/H10 • Lecture H9: – Difference between science in theory and science in practice – What counts as scientific (evidence) is socially constructed: it could have been otherwise • Lecture H10: – What counts as management knowledge/consultant advice is socially constructed: it could have been otherwise • Links! – Difference between accounting in theory and in practice – What counts as an account is socially constructed: it could have been otherwise – Difference between strategy in theory and in practice – What counts as a strategy is socially constructed • Similar general themes today – Difference between technology in theory and technology in practice – What counts as a technology is socially constructed Technology and Management • Why do technologies matter? – Differentiating products – Reducing costs – Providing new business opportunities – Facilitating/supporting strategic change • Questions for organisations and management: – Do we need the new technology? – Should we purchase it? – Will it lead to competitive advantage? – How to install/deploy the new technology? – What impact (effects) will it have? – How to manage technological change? Technology and Management • All these questions involve assumptions about what the technology can do, what it is for (technical capacity) and what its effects are • We usually take these for granted • Need to get a distance on these • These assumptions become most evident in cases of technology disasters and breakdowns • Recall when old technologies were new • Today: introduction to different frameworks for understanding relation between technology,
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2010 for the course ECON DEAM taught by Professor Vines during the Spring '10 term at Oxford University.

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