Why is ANT a useful framework for investigating technological innovation?

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Tatnall, Arthur (2012) Why is ANT a useful framework for investigating technological innovation? In: Social influences on information and communication technology innovations. Tatnall, Arthur, ed. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, xii-xxii.


This preface discusses Actor-Network Theory (ANT), and in particular Innovation Translation – its approach to innovation adoption and its value as an analytical framework for theorising technological innovation. It begins by noting the controversy with the name: actor-network theory (ANT), and whether this should be changed to something like “actant-rhyzome ontology” of “the sociology of translation.” It then makes use of a number of early classic papers by Latour, Callon, and Law to show why ANT provides a useful framework for handling socio-technical situations without privileging the social over the technical or vice-versa. A process of technological innovation making use of an approach involving the four moments of Innovation Translation is illustrated and an argument made for its value in other socio-technical situations involving technological innovation.

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Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23878
DOI 10.4018/978-1-4666-1559-5
Official URL http://www.igi-global.com/pdf.aspx?tid=81464&ptid=...
ISBN 9781466615595 (print) 9781466615601 (online) 9781466615618
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > SEO Classification > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Keywords ResPubID26322, Actor-Network Theory, electric vehicles, problemisation, actors, Aramis, complexity, innovation
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