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Technological Change and Societal Growth

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The principles of sociotechnology derive from 19th century movements towards democracy equality in society. Due to its origins, it has been concerned specifically with the workplace but we now see that the concepts and principles apply much further – or could apply – to the way we design technology for the social environment as a whole. The word sociotechnical is now used by some authors to refer to the interaction between society's complex infrastructures and human behavior. Technological Change and Societal Growth: Analyzing the Future focuses on new ideas and approaches, including studies of the practical implementation of practitioners, academics, researchers, and students. The aim of the book is to bring together the expertise of people who have worked practically in a changing society across the world for people in the field of organizational development and technology studies including information systems development and implementation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Associate Editors
    2. Associate Editors Practitioner
    3. Editorial Advisory Board
    4. Special Editions Editor
    5. List of Reviewers
  5. Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Commentary on Chapters
  6. Section 1:
    1. Chapter 1: Exploring Meaning
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. How the Research Was Undertaken: Methods and Sources
      4. Search Results and Data Manipulation
      5. Analysing the Papers
      6. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 2: Designing Visionary Leadership Teams
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Literature Survey
      4. Measuring Individual Differences
      5. Motivational Differences
      6. Successful Shared Vision
      7. Motivational Needs
      8. Personality Factors
      9. Decision-Making Differences, Flawed Judgment and Intuition
      10. Summary
      11. Research Questions
      12. Statistical Validation of results
      13. Relationship to Normative Distribution
      14. Effect Size Scores
      15. Motivational Needs
      16. Group Motivational Characteristics:
      17. Motivational Needs Statistical Analysis
      18. Big 5 Personality dimensions.
      19. Big 5 Personality Factors: Statistical Analysis
      20. Ideal Job Analysis
      21. Decision Analysis
      22. DISCUSSION
      23. CONCLUSION
      24. COMMENT
    3. Chapter 3: The Change Equation
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Definition of Terms
      4. The Dimensions of Complexity
      5. Complexity is Exponential
      6. The Exponential Complexity Model
      7. Complexity and the Implications for Change Management
      8. Summary
    4. Chapter 4: Leveraging Communities for Sustainable Innovation
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Conclusion
    5. Chapter 5: Affective Factors for Successful Knowledge Management
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Background
      4. Getting the People Factors Right
      5. Future Trends
      6. Closing Remarks
    6. Chapter 6: Identifying Competences in IT Professionals through Semantics
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Collecting Evidences of Competence
      4. Semantics: A New Paradigm Enabled By Technology
      5. SeCEC-IT: Architecture and Case Study
      6. Architecture
      7. Use Case
      8. Conclusion and Future Work
  7. Section 2:
    1. Chapter 7: Think Global, Act Local
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Community’s Role in ICT Development
      4. Why Development Must be Planned
      5. Opportunities in Private and Public Sector Development
      6. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 8: Towards a Knowledge-Based Economy – the Case of Botswana
      1. Abstract
      2. Background and Introduction
      3. Botswana’s Case: Resource to Knowledge-Based
      4. Future Trends
      5. Conclusion
  8. Section 3:
    1. Chapter 9: A Framework for Analyzing Online Communities
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Defining Online Community
      4. Literature Review
      5. Analysis of Online Communities
      6. Types of Online Communities - Sponsor
      7. Future Trends
      8. Conclusion
    2. Chapter 10: Realising Virtual Reality
      1. Abstract
    3. Chapter 11: Free, Open, Online Help Forums
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Net Generation Learning Styles
      4. Free, Open, Online Homework Help Forums
      5. Method
      6. Results
    4. Chapter 12: A Way Out of the Information Jungle
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Socio-Technical Communities in Higher Education (HE) and Informal Learning
      4. Method, Data Analysis Design
      5. Results
      6. Conclusion
    5. Chapter 13: The Diverging Effects of Social Network Sites on Receiving Job Information for Students and Professionals
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Dependent Variable: Receiving Information about Job Openings
      4. Independent Variable 1: Strong-and-Weak Ties
      5. Independent Variable 2: Network Entrepreneur Personality Index
      6. Results
      7. Discussion
  9. Section 4:
    1. Chapter 14: Performing Charlotte
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. The Fair Tracing project (FT)
      4. THE CHILEAN FIELD VISIT
      5. THE CONTEXT
      6. The TEchnique
      7. Evaluating the method in context
      8. Outcomes
      9. DISCUSSION
    2. Chapter 15: Achieving Best Practice Manufacturing Involving Tacit Knowledge through the Cautious Use of Mixed-Mode Modelling
      1. Abstract
      2. 1. Introduction to the Tacit Knowledge Problem
      3. 2. Mixed-mode Modelling and its Use
      4. 3. Some Examples of Achieving Best Practice Using Mixed-mode Modelling
      5. 4. Problems Associated with the Application of Mixed-Mode Modelling
      6. 5. Conclusion
  10. Compilation of References
  11. About the Contributors