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Information society, work, and the generation of new forms of socia l exclusion

Objective



Summary

The project aims at answering the question:

"What are the social but also the microeconomic implications of the emerging information society?"

It focuses on developments in the domain of companies assuming that the informatization of work is a key factor behind the emergence of information society. The project represents a break with traditional technological determinism as it is based on a "bottom up" approach, analyzing the concrete processes of building up an information society by implementing modern information and communication technologies within companies and in inter-organizational networks. This will shed light on the possible emergence of Europe-specific ways to an Information Society. "Technological practice" is used as a key concept, which describes specific ways of embedding information and communication technology applications into organizational forms and cultural patterns.

The project will analyse the development process of such technological practices in different intra- and inter-organizational fields, including shop floor co-operation up to regionally based networks of companies and supporting institutions. It will further investigate in what way emerging technological practices within companies are influenced by and exert influence over the institutions of regional and national environments. And it will analyse the social and micro-economic implications of different technological practices. As regards social implications the project will focus particularly on the aspect of social exclusion and integration. In the project a mix of different methods will be applied including case studies. secondary analysis of existing data sets, a company survey, and comparative analysis. Based on the results of the research project an anszer can be given to the question whether a common European model of information society is emerging or whether different countries follow different paths into information society.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE
Address
4,Tullikatu 6
33014 Tampere
Finland

Participants (7)

FORSCHUNGS- UND BERATUNGSSTELLE ARBEITSWELT
Austria
Address
Aspernbrueckengasse 4/5
Wien
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - TECHNIK UND UMWELT
Germany
Address
5,Weberstrasse 5
76021 Karlsruhe
Fundaçáo da Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia da Univesidade Nova de Lisboa
Portugal
Address
.,Quinta Da Torre
2825 Monte De Caparica
INSTITUTE FOR EMPLOYMENT STUDIES
United Kingdom
Address
University Of Sussex, Mantell Building
BN1 9RF Brighton / Falmer
ISTITUTO RICERCHE ECONOMICHE E SOCIALI
Italy
Address
Via S. Teresa 23
00198 Roma
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
2E,e. Van Evenstraat 2E
3000 Louvain / Leuven
Nexus Europe (Ireland) Ltd
Ireland
Address
.,Fumbally Lane
8 Dublin