Exploring meaning: the implications of a hyphen for socio-technical theory and practice

Coakes, Elayne and Coakes, James (2010) Exploring meaning: the implications of a hyphen for socio-technical theory and practice. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development, 2 (2). pp. 1-34. ISSN 1941-6253

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/jskd.2010040101


In this paper, the authors explore the hyphenated spelling variant on papers taken from the Business Source Complete (BSC) repository. This paper finds that the hyphenated spelling variant is popular with more recent authors and that in total, socio-technical article publishing has recently recovered from the relative decline of the 1980s and 1990s. Within the socio-technical area, the topics of Work and Technology are receiving increased attention and studies of Behaviour, Change and major Stakeholder Groups are waning. The authors have critiqued the articles that indicated in their BSC Subject terms that their contents are related to Methodology but have found that few actually consider the socio-technical methodologies. Systems and socio-technical theory papers are critiqued, including papers by Enid Mumford and her work. Also discussed are lessons learned when using online repositories, such as the need to save search results to manage the surprising level of volatility of such academic databases. Finally, opportunities for future analysis are discussed, including trends; changes of emphasis within topics; researching into other academic search engines; and US based analysis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 06 May 2011 09:23
Last Modified: 06 May 2011 09:23
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/9365

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