Researching mundane workplace activities: micro-analysis, ethnography and everyday work on the occasional working paper series at the University of lincoln

Dyer, Pete (2008) Researching mundane workplace activities: micro-analysis, ethnography and everyday work on the occasional working paper series at the University of lincoln. MRes thesis, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

This dissertation will use Burrell and Morgan’s Sociological
Paradigms and Organisational Analysis (1979) to make clear the centrality of theory-method in research practice. The researcher will locate his position within the ‘Radical Humanist’ paradigm. The research method will deploy an ethnographic approach to the field. The field of study is the University of Lincoln’s Occasional Working Paper Series, (OWPS) a student-led, peer reviewed online journal.
OWPS is part of a wider initiative that seeks to encourage
undergraduate publishing as well as student-lecturer collaborations.

The informing theory is Social Construction of Technology (SCOT). Specifically, one of the main tenets of SCOT is ‘co-construction’ and this will be discussed. The study will assess whether ‘coconstruction’is taking place between ‘relevant user groups’, for instance, authors and reviewers. The aim of co-construction is to achieve stability of the technological artefact, in this example; it is the Online Journal System (OJS). There will also be a discussion about the appropriateness of ethnography in studying SCOT.

Also, the researcher has some concerns about doing research. In particular, does theory-method remain consistent during immersion in field practice? Indeed, the researchers concerns are realised whilst producing field vignettes reveal contractions in his assumptions and ethnographic writing. This is also discussed. The study will focus on the mundanity of everyday work and the
influence of technology within OWPS. Also, the study will question whether the issue of involvement is tangible or mere rhetoric.

There are of course some suggestions for how this dissertation might be extended for future research.

Item Type:Thesis (MRes)
Keywords:SCOT, Social Construction of Technology, Ethnography, Ethnographic study, Technology as a barrier, Participation, Using online journal systems, Reflexive practice
Subjects:L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
N Business and Administrative studies > N215 Organisational Development
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:1869
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:15 May 2010 19:35
Last Modified:14 Apr 2014 10:32

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