Actor-Network Theory and Technology Innovation: Advancements and New Concepts

Actor-Network Theory and Technology Innovation: Advancements and New Concepts

Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
Release Date: November, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 328
ISBN13: 9781609601973|ISBN10: 1609601971|EISBN13: 9781609601997|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-197-3


About 25 years ago, the first developments of ANT (Actor-Network Theory) took place, but it wasn’t until much later that researchers began to take it seriously. In the late 1990s, ANT began to take hold in the scientific community as a new and exciting approach to socio-technical research and social theory.

Actor-Network Theory and Technology Innovation: Advancements and New Concepts provides a comprehensive look at the development of actor-network theory itself, as well as case studies of its use to assist in the explanation of various socio-technical phenomena. This book includes topics relating to technological innovation; both those using actor-network theory as an explanatory framework and those using other approaches. It is an excellent source of information regarding ANT as an approach to technological innovation and its link to ICT (Information Communication Technology).

Topics Covered

  • Analytical frameworks that build on, and go beyond ANT
  • ANT research methods and the conduct of ANT research
  • ANT to investigate the implementation and use of information and communication technologies
  • Comparison of the various different approaches to framing technological innovation
  • Development, evaluations, criticisms, and triumphs of ANT
  • Ecological models of innovation
  • Innovation Diffusion
  • Innovation translation as an approach to explaining technological innovation
  • The use of ANT for investigating technological applications
  • Use of ANT in the investigation of historical examples of technological innovation

Reviews and Testimonials

Actor-Network Theory and Technology Innovation is another solid volume in the Premier Reference Source Series. It is also a very valuable resource on ANT research and shows how the ANT framework can be used as an approach to technological innovation. Furthermore, is shows the link between ANT, technological innovation, and information communication technology.

– Madely du Preez, University of South Africa, Online Information Review, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2012.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Arthur Tatnall
Chapter 1
Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, Fouad Nagm
Pre-investment evaluation of information system (IS) project proposals persists to be problematic and highly risky in practice. Numerous evaluation... Sample PDF
Have You Taken Your Guys on the Journey?: An ANT Account of IS Project Evaluation
Chapter 2
Lorna Uden, Janet Francis
Our economy is becoming more and more service-oriented, with distinctions between services and non-services making less and less sense. In today’s... Sample PDF
Service Innovation Using Actor Network Theory
Chapter 3
Nimini Wickramasinghe, Rajeev K. Bali
In a dynamic and complex global environment traditional approaches to healthcare delivery are becoming more and more inadequate. To address this von... Sample PDF
The Need for Rich Theory to Realize the Vision of Healthcare Network Centric Operations: The Case for Combining ANT and Social Network Analysis
Chapter 4
Arthur Tatnall
The process of innovation involves getting new ideas accepted and new technologies adopted and used. There are a number of different approaches to... Sample PDF
Innovation Translation, Innovation Diffusion and the Technology Acceptance Model: Comparing Three Different Approaches to Theorising Technological Innovation
Chapter 5
Yuti Ariani, Sonny Yuliar
This paper employs the notion of translation introduced in ANT literature to study the current bio-fuel development in Indonesia. Despite the... Sample PDF
Translating Biofuel, Discounting Farmers: The Search for Alternative Energy in Indonesia
Chapter 6
Scott Bingley, Steven Burgess
This chapter describes the development of a visual aid to depict the manner in which Internet applications are being diffused through local sporting... Sample PDF
Using I-D maps to Represent the Adoption of Internet Applications by Local Cricket Clubs
Chapter 7
Napaporn Kripanont, Arthur Tatnall
With a penetration rate of only about 13%, Internet usage in Thailand is lower than the world average, and is much less than the US and Australia... Sample PDF
Modelling the Adoption and Use of Internet Technologies in Higher Education in Thailand
Chapter 8
Ali Alawneh, Hasan Al-Refai, Khaldoun Batiha
Grounded in the technology–organization–environment (TOE) framework, we have developed an extended model to examine factors, particularly... Sample PDF
E-Business Adoption by Jordanian Banks: An Exploratory Study of the Key Factors and Performance Indicators
Chapter 9
Amany R. Elbanna
This chapter examines the properties of ANT in light of other approaches. It presents the theoretical and analytical inclusion of ANT in relation to... Sample PDF
The Theoretical and Analytical Inclusion of Actor Network Theory and its Implication on ICT Research
Chapter 10
Lars Linden, Carol Saunders
In June 2007, with the impending release of a revised version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), Linux kernel developers discussed the... Sample PDF
Linux Kernel Developers Embracing Authors Embracing Licenses
Chapter 11
Thierry Rayna, Ludmila Striukova, Samuel Landau
The aim of this research is the investigate the role played by market segmentation, in general, and by the choice of initial market segment, in... Sample PDF
The Critical Role of Market Segmentation: Evidence from the Audio Player Market
Chapter 12
Jonathan Tummons
This chapter is an exploration of one particular form of non-traditional provision of higher education (HE) in England, known as higher education in... Sample PDF
Actors, Networks and Assessment: An Actor-Network Critique of Quality Assurance in Higher Education In England
Chapter 13
Hasmiah Kasimin, Huda Ibrahim
In Malaysia, major information technology transfers in public sector agencies are usually due to policy implementation. This policy-led technology... Sample PDF
Managing Multi-Organizational Interaction Issues: A Case Study of Information Technology Transfer in Public Sector of Malaysia
Chapter 14
Leonie Rowan, Chris Bigum
The percentages of girls in developing countries undertaking information technology subjects in the post-compulsory years of education has remained... Sample PDF
Reassembling the Problem of the Under-Representation of Girls in IT Courses
Chapter 15
Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Rajeev K. Bali, Steve Goldberg
The S’ANT approach (Wickramasinghe and Bali, 2009) - namely the incorporation of Actor-network Theory and Social Network Analysis as proposed by... Sample PDF
Using S’ANT for Facilitating Superior Understanding of Key Factors in the Design of a Chronic Disease Self-Management Model
Chapter 16
Tiko Iyamu, Arthur Tatnall
Organisations’ reliance on Information Technology (IT) is rapidly increasing. IT strategy is developed and implemented for particular purposes by... Sample PDF
The Impact of Network of Actors on the Information Technology
Chapter 17
Magdalena Bielenia-Grajewska
In this chapter, an attempt will be made to discuss the place of Actor Network Theory in organizational studies. To narrow the scope of the... Sample PDF
A Potential Application of Actor Network Theory in Organizational Studies: The Company as an Ecosystem and its Power Relations from the ANT Perspective
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Arthur Tatnall is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. In his PhD he used actor-network theory to investigate adoption of Visual Basic in the curriculum of an Australian university. Arthur’s research interests include technological innovation, history of technology, project management, information systems curriculum, information technology in educational management and electronic business. Much of his research is based on the use of actor-network theory. Arthur is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and active in the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) as Chair of IFIP WG9.7 – History of Computing, Chair of IFIP WG3.4 – ICT in Professional and Vocational Education and a member of IFIP WG3.7 – Information Technology in Educational Management. He has published widely in journals, books, book chapters and conference proceedings and recently edited the Encyclopaedia of Portal Technology and Applications, and Web Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications for IGI Global. Arthur is also Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Education and Information Technologies and Editor of the Journal of Business Systems, Governance and Ethics.