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Studying codes as transforming objects
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses certain methodological aspects of a researchproject, in which an epistemological symmetry is assumed between humans and nonhumans,and this paper is about what implications and challenges such a premise mayentail for the data collection and analysis of the study. Although I adhere strongly to thenotion of epistemological symmetry in theory, there are certain aspects with such a studythat pose methodological challenges and this paper sheds light upon these challenges anddiscusses ways to deal with them. The major concern is retaining the epistemologicalsymmetry throughout the data collection and analysis of the study. This paperinvestigates the methodological aspects of a study on transformations of and by corporatecodes of ethics to analyze how corporate responsibility is influenced. The paper, henceexplores how we can, theoretically and practically, study a non-human actor (in this case,a code), with similar epistemological capabilities as a human actor, in a human-centeredworld.

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ANT, code, human, non-human, object, symmetry
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92607OAI: diva2:742001
EBEN Annual Doctoral Workshop, Trento, Italy, July 22nd 2010
Available from: 2014-08-29 Created: 2014-08-29 Last updated: 2014-09-29Bibliographically approved

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