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Work and Technological Change

Stephen R. Barley


The four chapters of this book summarize the results of thirty-five years dedicated to studying how technologies change work and organizations. The first chapter places current developments in artificial intelligence into the historical context of previous technological revolutions by drawing on William Faunce’s argument that the history of technology is one of progressive automation of the four components of any production system: energy, transformation, and transfer and control technologies. The second chapter lays out a role-based theory of how technologies occasion changes in organizations ... More

Keywords: technology, technical work, technological revolution, role-based theory, organization, artificial intelligence

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen R. Barley, author
Christian A. Felipe Professor of Technology Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

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