Technology-Organization Relationship

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The relationship between technologies and organizations has been the subject of considerable scholarly attention and debate for the better part of a century. This entry reviews three dominant theoretical approaches to the technology–organization relationship that have emerged during this period: technological determinist accounts, social constructivist accounts, and those seeking a middle ground between the two. By presenting these perspectives chronologically, the entry also illustrates the shifting role played by communication processes in theories of technology and organization. It closes with a summary of topics of current empirical and theoretical interest to scholars of technology and organizations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication
EditorsCraig R. Scott, James R. Barker, Timothy Kuhn, Joann Keyton, Paaige K. Turner, Laurie K. Lewis
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781118955567
ISBN (Print)9781118955604
StatePublished - Mar 8 2017


  • information and communication technology
  • organizational communication
  • organizational theory


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