On Technological Objects and the Adoption of Technological Product Innovations: Rules, Routines and the Transition from Analogue Photography to Digital Imaging

Posted: 17 Jan 2009

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Jochen Runde

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Matthew R. Jones

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Kamal Munir

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Lynne Nikolychuk

University of London - King's College London - Department of Management

Date Written: January 2009

Abstract

We extend the transformational model of social activity proposed in recent realist social theory by importing into it a theory of technological objects and technological change. The paper begins with an account of the transformational model, focusing particularly on the relationship between routines and social rules. We then outline a theory of what we call the ‘technical identity’ of technological objects, drawing on the notion of collective assignments of agentive functions proposed by the philosopher John Searle. Finally, we link this theory to the transformational model and derive three broad categories of technological change. The framework as a whole is illustrated with empirical material drawn from a recent study of the shift from analogue photography to digital imaging in consumer photography.

Keywords: Social rules, Routines, Technological objects, Technological change, Analogue photography, Digital imaging

JEL Classification: L1, L2, 03K

Suggested Citation

Runde, Jochen and Jones, Matthew R. and Munir, Kamal and Nikolychuk, Lynne, On Technological Objects and the Adoption of Technological Product Innovations: Rules, Routines and the Transition from Analogue Photography to Digital Imaging (January 2009). Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 1-24, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1327625 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/ben023

Jochen Runde (Contact Author)

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Matthew R. Jones

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School ( email )

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Kamal Munir

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School ( email )

Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 1AG
United Kingdom

Lynne Nikolychuk

University of London - King's College London - Department of Management ( email )

150 Stamford Street
London, SE1 9NN
United Kingdom

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