From dishwashing to dishwasher cooking: on social positioning and how users are drawn towards alternative uses of existing technology

Cardinale, Ivano and Runde, Jochen. 2021. From dishwashing to dishwasher cooking: on social positioning and how users are drawn towards alternative uses of existing technology. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 45(4), pp. 613-630. ISSN 0309-166X [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Drawing on social positioning theory and using dishwasher cooking as our running example, we examine how users arrive at alternative uses of already existing technological objects or what we will call “user innovations in function”. The first half of the paper provides an abstract account of three forms of structure: social structure, especially as represented by social positions; structures of cognition and action; and the structure of technological objects. The second half theorizes user innovations in function as emerging at the nexus of these different forms of structure, with a view to highlighting (1) the pre-reflective and reflective modes of agency involved; (2) how these relate to what we call “tinkering” and “reflection” in user innovation; and (3) the difference between “local” and “non-local” user innovations in function and their possible roots in tinkering or reflection.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/beab026

Additional Information:

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Cambridge Journal of Economics following peer review. The version of record s available online on the OUP website at: https://doi.org/10.1093/cje/beab026.

JEL Classification Codes: D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness, O30 - General, O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

Keywords:

User innovation, Technology, Social positioning, Social structure, Habitus

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute of Management Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
9 June 2021Accepted
30 June 2021Published Online
July 2021Published

Item ID:

30234

Date Deposited:

26 Jul 2021 09:49

Last Modified:

27 Jul 2021 09:48

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/30234

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