Working Around Technologies—Invisible Professionalism?

14 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2017

Date Written: July 2017


This study discusses how professionalism and work ethics influence how health care professionals work around new technologies. When people avoid using technologies, they are not necessarily ceasing to engage in their work activities. The workaround strategies presented here are rather practical expressions of professionals’ active encounter with the complexity of work situations, and can therefore be important signs of professional ethical judgement. Drawing on science and technology studies and the concept of invisible work, the study discusses workaround situations that arise in health care work in Denmark. The aim and contribution of the study is twofold. First, it attempts to revitalise the discussion on technology workaround strategies as responsible professionalism. Second, it will direct attention to and contribute to an understanding of how the normativity embedded in technological development in the health care sector is central to the work of health care professionals.

Keywords: technology, health care, science and technology studies, professionalism, invisible work, ethics, workarounds

Suggested Citation

Dupret, Katia, Working Around Technologies—Invisible Professionalism? (July 2017). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 174-187, 2017. Available at SSRN: or

Katia Dupret (Contact Author)

Roskilde University ( email )

Universitetsvej 1
P.O. Box 260
Roskilde, DK-4000

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