Where Enrollment Meets Structure: Understanding PDA Evolution through Sociotechnological Theory
Sociotechnological theory seeks to understand technology as both material and social artifacts. Actor-Network Theory (ANT) offers an approach to sociotechnological theory that emphasizes a micro-level analysis of political strategies, but has been criticized for not considering larger social and cultural processes. This paper presents an approach to sociotechnological theory that links the enrollment process of ANT with broader social practices, and social group memberships. Two case studies of Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) evolution (Psion, led by David Potter, and Palm, led by Jeff Hawkins) are used to illustrate this approach.
Allen, Jonathan P., "Where Enrollment Meets Structure: Understanding PDA Evolution through Sociotechnological Theory" (2002). Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Strategy. 14.
Presented at: 2002 Americas Conference on Information Systems, Dallas, Texas.