Social and Professional Applications of Actor-Network Theory for Technology Development

Social and Professional Applications of Actor-Network Theory for Technology Development

Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
Release Date: October, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 300
ISBN13: 9781466621664|ISBN10: 1466621664|EISBN13: 9781466621671|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2166-4


The latest advances in technology development have been particularly useful to actor-network theory as a structure for much of its research. With a socio-technical approach to the understanding of information systems and applications, the actor-network theory aims to bring support for social influence on technological innovations.

Social and Professional Applications of Actor-Network Theory for Technology Development presents a platform for the approaches and implementations on the actor-network theory and its relationship with technology development. This book provides researchers and practitioners with a better understanding of the usefulness of the social and technical connection.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Actor-Network Theory
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Socio-Technical Study
  • Standardization

Reviews and Testimonials

The 17 articles in this collection cover everything from teaching standards through deconstructing the Arizona stock exchange to leadership styles in local government. [...] The standard is very high, and the collection well edited. It brings together contrasting approaches to the application of ANT in diverse areas that is not available elsewhere. The collection is a very useful addition to literature.

– David Mason, Victoria University of Wellington, Online Information Review, 38 (4)

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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.