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Technological Advancements and the Impact of Actor-Network Theory

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Actor-Network Theory (ANT) has existed as a topic of interest among social theorists for decades. Due to the prevalence of technology in modern society, discussions over the influence of actor-network theory on the changing scope of technology can assist in facilitating further research and scientific thought. Technological Advancements and the Impact of Actor-Network Theory focuses on cross-disciplinary research as well as examples of the use of actor-network theory in a variety of fields, including medicine, education, business, engineering, environmental science, computer science, and social science. This timely publication is well-suited for reference use by academicians, researchers, upper-level students, and theorists.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Preface
    1. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
  6. Introduction
    1. APPLICATIONS OF ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY
    2. CONCLUSION
    3. REFERENCES
  7. Chapter 1: The Impact of ICT in Educating Students with Learning Disabilities in Australian Schools
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS
    3. SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
    4. RESEARCH METHOD
    5. TWO SPECIAL SCHOOLS IN MELBOURNE
    6. ACTORS, NETWORKS, AND STUDENTS
    7. CASE STUDY DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  8. Chapter 2: How an Actor Network Theory (ANT) Analysis Can Help Us to Understand the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) in Australia
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE PERSONALLY CONTROLLED ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD (PCEHR)
    4. CONSTRAINTS TO THE DEVELOPMENT, ADOPTION, IMPLEMENTATION AND DIFFUSION OF PCEHR TECHNOLOGY
    5. CONCEPTUAL MODEL
    6. ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY
    7. THE ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY APPROACH TO EVALUATE IT IN HEALTHCARE
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  9. Chapter 3: Climate Information Use
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND THEORY
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    9. APPENDIX 1: ABBREVIATIONS
  10. Chapter 4: A Fluid Metaphor to Theorize IT Artifacts
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. METHODOLOGY
    5. RESEARCH FINDINGS
    6. FLUID TRANSITION 1: FROM INFORMATION PORTAL TO CHANNEL OF CHOICE
    7. FLUID TRANSITION 2: FROM CHANNEL OF CHOICE TO WELLNESS TOOL
    8. FLUID TRANSITION 3: FROM WELLNESS TOOL TO COMPLEMENTARY CHANNEL
    9. DISCUSSION
    10. CONCLUDING REMARKS
    11. REFERENCES
    12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    13. ENDNOTES
  11. Chapter 5: How the Rich Lens of ANT Can Help us to Understand the Advantages of Mobile Solutions
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY (ANT)
    4. THE HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT BACKGROUND
    5. DIABETES SELF-CARE
    6. THE APPLICATION ON ANT TO RESEARCHING THE DIABETES SELF-CARE MODEL
    7. DISCUSION
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. AUTHORS’ NOTE
    10. REFERENCES
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  12. Chapter 6: Information and Communication Technology Projects and the Associated Risks
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. ICT PROJECTS AND RISK
    4. RESEARCH APPROACH
    5. ANALYSIS OF THE EMPIRICAL DATA
    6. FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION
    7. INTERPRETATION OF THE FINDINGS
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Chapter 7: Actor-Network Theory
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. 1. INTRODUCTION
    3. 2. SOCIETY AND TECHNOLOGY
    4. 3. INTRODUCING ‘PUBLIC’ SERVICE SCIENCE
    5. 4. ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY: AN OVERVIEW
    6. 5. ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY: THE APPROACH
    7. 6. CASE STUDY
    8. 7. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  14. Chapter 8: E-Health in Australia and Germany
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. KEY CONCEPTS OF ACTOR NETWORK THEORY
    5. SWOT ANALYSES OF E-HEALTH IN GERMANY AND AUSTRALIA
    6. DISCUSSION
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  15. Chapter 9: Human Interactions in Software Deployment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. RESEARCH APPROACH
    4. DATA ANALYSIS: ANT VIEW
    5. THE CASE STUDY: FINDINGS
    6. INTERPRETATION OF THE FINDINGS
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  16. Chapter 10: School Management Software in Australia and the Issue of Technological Adoption
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT IN AUSTRALIA
    3. RESEARCH METHOD: THE CASES
    4. INNOVATION AND ADOPTION
    5. ADOPTION AND USE: AN ANT ANALYSIS
    6. ADOPTION AND TRANSLATION
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  17. Chapter 11: Studying DNA
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. FEMINIST METHODOLOGIES AND ANT
    4. AN EMPIRICAL PROJECT
    5. WHERE DO WE START?
    6. WHICH ACTORS SHOULD WE FOLLOW?
    7. WHAT CAN WE SEE?
    8. WHAT ABOUT POLITICS?
    9. INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN ANT AND FEMINIST METHODOLOGIES
    10. REFERENCES
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    12. ENDNOTES
  18. Chapter 12: Achieving E-Health Success
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. HEALTHCARE
    4. E-HEALTH
    5. BEING E-HEALTH PREPARED
    6. THE E-HEALTH PREPAREDNESS GRID
    7. ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY
    8. DISCUSSION
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. REFERENCES
    11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    12. ENDNOTES
  19. Chapter 13: Evolving Digital Communication
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. ACTOR NETWORK THEORY
    5. IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH
    6. REFERENCES
    7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  20. Chapter 14: Disturbing Practices in Engineering Design Projects
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. REVISITING ANT
    4. PERFORMANCE IN PROJECTS
    5. PERTURBATION INDEX IN PROJECTS
    6. MANAGING PERTURBATION IN PROJECTS
    7. COPING WITH INNOVATIVE PRACTICES
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. REFERENCES
    10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  21. Chapter 15: Web Tools as Actors
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. METHOD
    4. RESULTS
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
    7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  22. Related References
  23. Compilation of References
  24. About the Contributors