Understanding the Modularity of Socio-technical Production Systems

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    Abstract

    This paper seeks to contribute to the development of Configurational Theory by offering a reinterpretation of the modularity concept from a socio-technical perspective in general and Actor Network Theory (ANT) in particular. By formulating modularity from an ANT perspective covering social, material and process aspects, the modularity of a socio-technical system can be understood as an entanglement of product, process, organizational and institutional modularity dimension. The developed theoretical framework is used for analyzing the modularity of three different production systems the pre-modern, modern and post-modern construction practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2012
    Number of pages30
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event28th EGOS Colloquium 2012 - Aalto University & Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 5 Jul 20127 Jul 2012
    Conference number: 28

    Conference

    Conference28th EGOS Colloquium 2012
    Number28
    LocationAalto University & Hanken School of Economics
    CountryFinland
    CityHelsinki
    Period05/07/201207/07/2012

    Bibliographical note

    European Group for Organizational Studies

    Keywords

    • Configurational theory
    • Modularization
    • Actor Network Theory
    • Construction

    Cite this

    Thuesen, C. L. (2012). Understanding the Modularity of Socio-technical Production Systems. Paper presented at 28th EGOS Colloquium 2012, Helsinki, Finland.