Technological Advancements and the Impact of Actor-Network Theory

Technological Advancements and the Impact of Actor-Network Theory

Arthur Tatnall (Victoria University, Australia)
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Release Date: June, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 331
ISBN13: 9781466661264|ISBN10: 1466661267|EISBN13: 9781466661271|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6126-4


Actor-Network Theory (ANT) has existed as a topic of interest among social theorists for decades. Due to the prevalence of technology in modern society, discussions over the influence of actor-network theory on the changing scope of technology can assist in facilitating further research and scientific thought.

Technological Advancements and the Impact of Actor-Network Theory focuses on cross-disciplinary research as well as examples of the use of actor-network theory in a variety of fields, including medicine, education, business, engineering, environmental science, computer science, and social science. This timely publication is well-suited for reference use by academicians, researchers, upper-level students, and theorists.

Topics Covered

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

  • Digital Communication
  • E-Health
  • Human Interaction
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Online Education
  • Online Investing
  • Public Service Innovation
  • Software Development

Reviews and Testimonials

In this book, Australian and international contributors employ concepts of socio-technical research and actor network theory (ANT) to examine the effects and implications of interactions between humans and non-humans. Discussion encompasses principles, theories, and case studies in many areas, from education through healthcare. Some specific topics include the impact of ICT on educating students with learning disabilities in Australian schools, online investing and ANT, public service innovation and ANT, and intersections between feminist methodologies and ANT. There is also material on how ANT can shed light on the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record in Australia, and how ANT can reveal the advantages of mobile solutions.

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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.