A developmental perspective to studying objects in robotic surgery

Laura Seppänen (Corresponding author), Laure Kloetzer, Jarno Riikonen, Mikael Wahlström

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    Drawing on interventionist activity theoretical approaches, this paper describes a method of self-confrontation as a way in which to study objects in technology-mediated practices. In addition to research interests, the aim of examining the objects is to develop the capacity of professionals and organizations to work and learn better in complex technology-mediated work. The method was applied in robotic surgery, in which instruments are tele-operated by a surgeon. The robot offers better, collective visualization of the area under surgical operation than previous techniques. In particular, the paper shows how objects were revealed and new objects emerged during the intervention. We suggest that activity theoretical developmental interventions such as self-confrontations may help understand the complexity and evolution of objects, and thus contribute to studies of technology and organizations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBeyond Interpretivism? New Encounters with Technology and Organization
    Subtitle of host publicationIS&O 2016
    EditorsLucas Introna, Donncha Kavanagh, Séamas Kelly, Wanda Orlikowski, Susan Scott
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-49733-4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-49732-7
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Information Systems and Organizations, ISandO 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 9 Dec 201610 Dec 2016

    Publication series

    SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


    ConferenceIFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Information Systems and Organizations, ISandO 2016
    Abbreviated titleISandO 2016


    • activity theory
    • developmental intervention research
    • object
    • robotic surgery
    • self-confrontation


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