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Technology Studies
11-12-1993, 08:06 AM
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**** C A L L F O R C O M M E N T A T O R S ****

Below is the abstract of a forthcoming article to appear in
TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (TS), an international, multidisciplinary
journal, the first issue of which is scheduled to appear in
1994. TS provides Open Peer Commentaries on important and
controversial current research in the field of technology
studies. Several commentaries will be published alongside this
article, and will be followed by the author's rejoinder. To be
considered as a commentator on this article, or to suggest
other appropriate commentators, please send E-mail advice to:

GATTIKER3@HG.ULETH.CA

or write to:

Professor Urs E. Gattiker, Editor, TECHNOLOGY STUDIES,
Faculty of Management, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, AB,
Canada T1K 3M4
Phone: (403) 320-6966 (MST-mornings); Fax: (403) 329-2038

*-*-*-DEADLINE for responding is NOVEMBER 26/93-*-*-*

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GIVE SOME INDICATION OF THE AREAS OF EXPERTISE YOU WILL BRING
to bear on the topic if you are selected as a commentator.
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TITLE: Conditions for Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: The
Significance of the Psychosocial Work Environment

AUTHOR: Kurt Keller
Institute of Computer and Systems Sciences
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark


ABSTRACT

In this article the notion of `support' in Computer-Supported
Cooperative Work (CSCW) is discussed together with some
implications of being serious about applying this notion. The
necessity of understanding work organization on an
actor-oriented basis is pointed out. Accordingly, the
psychosocial work environment approach to the understanding,
analysis and evaluation of human work is presented. Finally,
the implications of actually employing this perspective in a
methodology for CSCW development are outlined.

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Thank you for your consideration of this matter. I look
forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,


Urs E. Gattiker
Editor
TECHNOLOGY STUDIES