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CALL FOR PAPERS

SPECIAL ISSUE ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY


TECHNOLOGY STUDIES announces a Special Issue on Research
Methodology, to be published in Volume 2 (1993). TECHNOLOGY
STUDIES is a multidisciplinary, international journal published
by Walter de Gruyter, Inc. (Berlin and New York). Volume 1 will
appear in 1992. The Editor for the Special Issue on Research
Methodology will be Robert P. Gephart, Jr., an Associate Editor
of TECHNOLOGY STUDIES.

The Special Issue on Research Methodology will provide a
forum for the discussion of research methodologies useful in the
study of technology. Technology is conceived broadly to include:
artifacts and hardware; technology-practices including human
behaviour related to technology; technical phenomena; and
techniques or skills involving a significant technical component
(K. Willoughby, Technology Choice, Westview Press, 1990: p. 44).
Research methodology includes: the principles underlying the
production of knowledge in various branches of scholarly inquiry;
the actual activities and practices involved in scholarly
inquiry; and the procedures and tools ("methods") used in the
production and assessment of knowledge.

Papers should address research methodologies likely to
contribute to understanding technology, technology management,
and technology in society. These methodologies include, but are
not limited to: ethnography; varieties of qualitative methods;
experimental designs; causal analysis; textual analysis; LISREL;
differential equations; writing narratives; and event-history
analysis. Innovative and new methodologies and approaches are
welcome as are papers which address econometric methods useful in
the study of appropriate technology.

Topics which might be addressed include: the philosophical,
theoretical and ethical issues associated with technology study
methodologies; problems and prospects for the integration of
multiple methods; how one can link methodologies to theoretical
perspectives; critiques of "traditional" or "new" methods; and
research methods applicable to trans-national and/or multi-
cultural settings. All papers should clearly illustrate the
application to technology studies of the methodology(ies) or
perspectives discussed.

Papers are expected to draw insights from one or more major
scholarly areas. These areas include but are not limited to: the
arts, humanities, social sciences, medicine, engineering,
management, mathematics, statistics, education and social work.
Theoretical and philosophical perspectives might include, but are
not limited to traditional positivist and structuralist
approaches as well as post-structuralist views. We particularly
welcome papers which draw from: hermeneutics; critical theory;
semiotics; literary criticism; ethnomethodology; phenomenology;
and deconstructionism.

The Special Issue on Research Methodology will publish
commentaries on selected articles in the issue. Commentaries
will be written by notable individuals working in the
area/methodology, but whom are from a different discipline or
country than the author(s). Commentaries will be published as
short articles adjacent to the paper on which they comment. We
invite scholars interested in the special issue to nominate
themselves or other individuals as reviewers and/or as
commentators.

All papers submitted to the Special Issue on Research
Methodology will be blind reviewed by at least 3 (three)
reviewers. One reviewer will be from the author's home
discipline; one will represent another discipline; and the third
will come from a country other than the author's. Papers deemed
topically appropriate for TS but which do not fall within the
scope of the special issue will be referred to the Editor of TS
for consideration in the normal review process.

Papers should conform to the Americal Psychological
Association Style Guide (3rd Edition) prior to publication. All
submissions must be original works which have not appeared
elsewhere and which are not being considered for publication in
any other outlet at the time. Please prepare your manuscripts to
allow for an anonymous review process.

Please submit 5 (five) copies of your paper, by FEBRUARY 15, 1992
to:

Robert P. Gephart, Jr.
Associate Editor, TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
Faculty of Business
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA T6G 2R6

Tel: (403)-492-5715

Bitnet: userrgep@mts.ucs.ualberta.ca

FAX: (403) 492-3325