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Title: The Object of Knowledge: the Role of Objects in Biomedical Innovation.
Authors: Swan, Jacky
Bresnen, Mike
Newell, Sue
Robertson, Maxine
First Published: Dec-2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Human Relations, 2007, 60 (12), pp. 1809-1837.
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 paper 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.
ISSN: 0018-7267
Type: Article
Description: This is the author's final draft; the final, definitive version of this paper has been published as Human Relations, 2007, 60 (12), pp. 1809-1837 by SAGE Publications Ltd., All rights reserved. The final version is available from Doi: 10.1177/0018726707084915
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