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Humans and Technology: Forms of Conjoined Agency in Organizations

Murray, Alex; Rhymer, Jen; Sirmon, David G; (2021) Humans and Technology: Forms of Conjoined Agency in Organizations. Academy of Management Review , 46 (3) pp. 552-571. 10.5465/amr.2019.0186. Green open access

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Abstract

Organizations are increasingly deploying technologies that have the ability to parse through large amounts of data, acquire skills and knowledge, and operate autonomously. These technologies diverge from prior technologies in their capacity to exercise intentionality over protocol development or action selection in the practice of organizational routines, thereby affecting organizations in new and distinct ways. In this article, we categorize four forms of conjoined agency between humans and technologies: (1) conjoined agency with assisting technologies, (2) conjoined agency with arresting technologies, (3) conjoined agency with augmenting technologies, and (4) conjoined agency with automating technologies. We then theorize on the different ways in which these forms of conjoined agency impact a routine’s change at a particular moment in time as well as a routine’s responsiveness to feedback over time. In doing so, we elaborate on how organizations may evolve in varied and diverse ways based on the form(s) of conjoined agency they deploy in their organizational design choices.

Type: Article
Title: Humans and Technology: Forms of Conjoined Agency in Organizations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5465/amr.2019.0186
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2019.0186
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159658
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