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Extending Sociotechnical Design to Project Conception: Knowledge Communication Processes for Situating Technology

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Project management processes offer specific sites for understanding the interplay of the social and the technical. This article focuses on the connection between knowledge and technology through knowledge communication processes, cultural & rhetorical contexts in projects, and the iterative process of project conception rooted in sense-making by designers. The data comes from a Project management course in which the students were asked to design and plan projects to situate a mobile phone game in a social context. The course was taught simultaneously at the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland and the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, Denmark. The analysis demonstrates the potential of knowledge communication concepts for social technical design and highlights the cultural context of the designers as a key factor to consider in socio-technical design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge Development and Social Change through Technology : Emerging Studies
EditorsElayne Coakes
Place of publicationLondon
PublisherIGI global
Publication year2011
ISBN (print)9781609605070, 1609605071
ISBN (Electronic)9781609605087
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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