The object of knowledge : the role of objects in biomedical innovation

Swan, Jacky, Bresnen, Mike, Newell, Sue and Robertson, Maxine (2007) The object of knowledge : the role of objects in biomedical innovation. Human Relations, 60 (12). pp. 1809-1837. ISSN 0018-7267

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Abstract

Understanding innovation in the biomedical field requires an appreciation of its highly interactive nature and of the many professional and organizational boundaries that create barriers to interaction and the sharing of knowledge. Yet, research to date has directed much less attention to understanding the intricacies of interactive biomedical innovation in practice, than it has to exploring the factors influencing innovation at an institutional level. Drawing upon empirical research and taking an approach informed by symbolic interactionism and a practice-based perspective on knowledge and learning, this article offers insights into the processes involved in supporting knowledge sharing by focusing on 'objects' and the varying roles they play ( instrumental and symbolic) in enabling ( or potentially disabling) interaction amongst groups and organizations involved in biomedical innovation projects.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: biomedical, boundary objects, innovation, practice-based perspective, symbolic interactionism
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 16:16
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2014 16:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49828
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