Small Artifacts – Big Technologies


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Small Artifacts – Big Technologies

Show simple item record Kreiner, Kristian en_US 2009-02-04T10:24:21Z 2009-02-04T10:24:21Z 2005-11-22T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.description.abstract The computer IC is the heart of the information and telecommunication technology. It is a tiny artifact, but with incredible organizing powers. We use this physical artifact as the location for studying central problems of the knowledge economy. First, the paper describes the history of chip design and the emergence of the technological community involved in designing and manufacturing computer chips. The community is structured in a way that reflects the underlying physical nature silicon and the numerous other materials and chemicals involved. But it also reflects the human agency of defining new projects, of visioning the liberation from atoms, of committing to travel many detours in the labyrinths of development, and of perceiving and exploring the affordance that new technologies hide. Some of these characteristics are analyzed empirically in a case study of designing a chip for a digitalized hearing instrument. It is found that technological progress is not hindered, but rather aided by the use of imperfect principles, abstractions and representations of reality. The power of such imperfections is discussed and generalized. en_US
dc.format.extent 31 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2005-004 en_US
dc.title Small Artifacts – Big Technologies en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt05nov22 miel en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Organisation og Arbejdssociologi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IOA en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Organization and Industrial Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort OIS en_US
dc.idnumber x656504020 en_US København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2005 en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Power of Imperfect Principles en_US

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