Staging with objects: translation from technology to product development

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Abstract

This auto-ethnographic study considers the transition from technology to product development in an industrial case led by the author. The chapter reflects on ‘staging with objects‘ as a practice by which entities, defined as networks composed of humans and non-humans as well as material and immaterial objects, are assembled to perform in processes of translation. This notion of staging intends to increase understanding of how problematizations and qualifications concerning the suitability of an invention for product specific applications are negotiated across heterogeneous networks. In contrast to mechanistic management perceptions, the chapter presents a a fresh perspective on the active use of objects in the practices of managers and engineers occupied with transitions from invention to commercialization. In conclusion, I present four points to help technology managers and engineers utilize staging with objects as an engineering practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStaging Collaborative Design and Innovation: An Action-Oriented Participatory Approach
EditorsChristian Clausen, Dominique Vinck, Signe Pedersen, Jens Dorland
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Pages170-185
Chapter11
ISBN (Print)978 1 83910 342 1
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 83910 343 8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Actor-network theory
  • Auto-ethnography
  • Intermediary objects
  • Staging
  • Technology development
  • Translation

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