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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
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Life and limb : prosthetic citizenship in Serbia

Milosavljevic, Kate Louise 2013 (has links)
The term ‘prosthetic’ is used increasingly across the social sciences and has taken on a theoretical life as a result of debates springing from contemporary studies of science and technology, medical anthropology and citizenship. This research considers whether the usage of ‘prosthetic’ and ‘prosthesis’ has however, become all too distanced from a grounded understanding of these terms, and is now in many ways synonymous with the term ‘cyborg’, therefore obscuring the specific relationships that prostheses represent. It asks if these terms have become a ‘catchall’ of technological subjectivities, without any basis in lived experience. Through ethnographic research into the manufacture, marketing and usage of medical prostheses in a Serbian inpatient rehabilitation centre, as well as interviews with prosthesis manufacturers, salespeople, as well with various citizens young and old, I present a nuanced view of the way in which citizenship itself is enacted. Citizenship is also a process of augmenting the body, both explicitly, such as in the (re)construction of socially acceptable bodies who have the capacity to labour, and implicitly, such as in the process of acquiring passports and identity documents. This process of externalising, and of the distributing of elements of the self into objects and relationships outside of the biological body forms the basis of what I term prosthetic citizenship. In my search for a grounded and ethnographically informed understanding of prostheses, and of prosthetic citizenship, key themes emerge, such as hope, normality, morality and the relationship of technology to the bodies. I find that prostheses are always sites of entanglement and paradox, but that they are also equally full of promise, and that in understanding how, why and in what capacities they are used, they emerge as capable of bridging the divide between theoretically complex abstract relationships, and the pragmatic realities of daily life.

Barn och ungas roller och interaktioner @ Internet : En litteraturstudie av vetenskaplig kunskap på området

Garell, Cecilia 2013 (has links)
Teknologi har blivit en viktig del i barn och ungdomars liv. Spel, kommunikation, bloggar, skolarbeten och att umgås via sociala nätverk tillhör aktiviteterna online. Syftet med den här litteraturstudien var att utifrån ett teoretiskt perspektiv där bland annat Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) ingår belysa och utforska barns och unga människors interaktioner på och med Internet och det lärande och förutsättningar för hälsa som kan skapas. Tjugotre artiklar från tidskrifter med en disciplinär bredd, som bland annat innefattar utbildningsteknologi, psykologi, socio-logi och mediakunskap, har studerats. Interaktion var ett genomgående tema i artiklarna. Barn och ungdomar interagerade med varandra och med andra på olika sätt och med olika syften. Delaktighet och gemenskap var viktiga begrepp. Kamratstöd online har visat sig vara betydelsefullt för unga med allvarliga sjukdomar. Många av de populära spelen är onlinespel som kan spelas av ett stort antal spelare samtidigt. Spelarna umgicks med sina vänner, lärde känna nya människor, hjälpte varandra genom olika uppdrag i spelet och firade uppnådda mål tillsammans. Olika roller framträdde i de olika kontexterna, både självvalda och tilldelade av andra. Det lärande som uppstod i de olika kontexterna var situerat och bestod likaväl av akademiska kunskaper och digitala färdigheter som av social kompetens, socialisering och ”livsfärdigheter”. Den teoretiska referensramen i uppsatsen var inspirerad av bland andra Latour, Bandura, Antonovsky samt Lave och Wenger. Jag kallar den ”Del i det hela” och menar att ett aktörskap i ett heterogent nätverk med en gemensam aktivitet kan bidra till en känsla av sammanhang (KASAM), en känsla av mening. Dessa delar har betydelse för vår hälsa – den psykiska, den sociala samt den existentiella hälsan. Technology has become an important part of children and young people’s lifes. Games, communication, blogs, school work and hanging out in social networks are examples of online activities. Using a theoretical perspective including Actor-Network-Theory (ANT), the aim of this literature review was to illustrate and explore children and youth’s interactions on and with the Internet, and the learning processes and conditions for health that can emerge. Twenty-three articles from journals of different disciplines, such as educational technology, psychology, sociology, and media science, were included. Interaction was a constant theme throughout the articles. Children and young people interacted with each other and with others in different ways and with different purposes. Participation and fellowship were important concepts. Online peer support has shown to be significant for youth with severe disease. Many of the popular games are online games that can be played by many players simultaneously. The players socialized with their friends, got to know new people, helped each other through various missions in the game and celebrated achieved goals together. Different roles appeared in the different contexts, some self-selected and some assigned by others. The learning processes that occurred in the different contexts were situated and consisted of academic knowledge and digital skills, as well as of social competence, socialization and life skills. The theoretical framework used in this essay was inspired by Latour, Bandura, Antonovsky, and Lave and Wenger. I call it “Part of it all” and believe that an actorship in a heterogeneous network with a collective activity may contribute to a sense of coherence (SOC), a sense of meaning. These elements are significant for our health – the psychological, the social, and the existential health.

‘Working the Border’ Risk and Interagency Communication At an International Airport

Tolerton, Mason John 2009 (has links)
This thesis seeks to answer the ‘key question’: ‘how is the border worked at an international airport?’ To answer this key question the author, who is employed as a Customs officer, uses participant observation to provide material for an anthropological analysis of this question. The primary anthropological focus that will permeate throughout this thesis is interconnectedness of human and non human actors. This focus on interconnectedness will be linked to the ability of the workers of the border to communicate about risk to one another. Risk at the border is highly political following the terrorist attacks of September 11 (9/11). The attacks are not a focus of this thesis but a study of the border network will shed some light on how the workers of the border make sense of external factors such as these attacks (9/11) in their work world. The thesis accounts for links between the border workers of different government agencies and uses the idea of an occupational community to do so. The thesis will attempt to account for technologies within the border network. The account of technologies will demonstrate through an actor network approach their hybrid nature, and their ability to negotiate and renegotiate the border network. Power is analysed at the border through the ideas of Foucault. Though the idea of occupational community, actor network theory and the ideas of Foucault on power are not linked outside of this thesis in any way, they provide an honest account of the border network as expressed through the case study of risk and interagency communication at an international airport.

Actor-network theory, tourism organizations and the development of sustainable community livelihoods

Ahmed, Mohamed 2013 (has links)
Research on existing actor-networks has focused traditionally on outcomes, achievements and success at the expense of a detailed consideration of their formation and ability to function. In recognition of this lacuna, this study examined the formation and functioning of tourism-related actor-networks involved in environmental protection and the management of tourism in the coastal city of Hurghada, Egypt. More specifically, it applied the actor-network theory (ANT). In particular, the study applied its four moments of translation – problematization, interessement, enrolment and mobilization – and used Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to analyse the influencing factors, whether positively or negatively, and the degree to which the creation and operations of such collaborations were successful. This study employed a sequential, explanatory mixed-methods design, integrating both quantitative and qualitative data. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 510 employees of tourism-related organizations involved in managing tourism’s environmental impacts on Hurghada. Also, the researcher conducted fourteen semi-structured interviews with the managers and assistant managers of tourism-related organizations involved in environmental protection and the management of tourism. The SEM’s findings revealed the existence of a number of tourism-related actor-networks which were attempting to safeguard local community livelihoods through environmental protection, and of four key factors – trust, coordination, commitment, and communication – which were damaging their formation, functioning and outcomes. This study contributed to theory since it enhanced our knowledge and understanding of the relationships between four previously unconnected bodies of literature. These were, namely, ANT, tourism-related organizations, environmental governance, collaboration, and environmental protection. The study highlighted, also, the factors, both positive and negative, which influenced the formation and functioning of tourism actor-networks involved in managing tourism’s environmental impacts on Hurghada. In practical terms, this study analysed the role of tourism-related organizations in order to identify their main strengths and weaknesses In addition, the researcher considered how partnership networks could consolidate the strengths and overcome the weaknesses of the tourism-related organizations involved in environmental protection and the management of tourism in Hurghada. Also, this study will help these tourism-related organizations, through such networks, to adopt suitable activities, policies, strategies and laws for protecting the assets relating to the local community’s livelihoods. Therefore, knowing the key success factors of collaborative networks and good governance will help these networks of tourism-related organizations to improve their performance in terms of assisting Hurghada’s local community and the poor people in particular.

Angels in Unstable Sociomaterial Relations : Stories of Information Technology

Elovaara, Pirjo 2004 (has links)
I have explored spaces, where negotiations of border transgressions take place and where issues of technology and politics mingle. We meet a diversity of actors in the world of information technology (IT): political texts, people and technology participating in numerous sociomaterial relations. Time is the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the new millennium, 2000. Years, when IT occupied the western world and created its own fuzzy discourse. Years, when IT stole the biggest newspaper headlines and years, when IT became a mundane everyday part of our work practices. Years, when we learned to live in heterogeneous worlds. Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and Actor-Network Theory and After (ANTa) provide analytical and methodological perspectives when working with the empirical material. I present a chronological exposé of some of the key concepts of ANT and ANTa. I also discuss how the classical ANT perspective has changed during the last few years from being a theory of networks to become a methodological and analytical approach to other kinds of spaces such as fluid and fire. The heart of the thesis consists of six empirical cases. My aim of writing stories of information technology has been to investigate the black box of information technology. Investigating includes also efforts of opening. Concepts that are taken for granted, such as the very notion of information technology in my case, can be explored, questioned, transgressed, blurred and opened up. Each of the diffracted stories is specific and unique, with its own actors, context, location and situatedness. But the stories are also connected through ANT, and feminist technology and technoscience studies. Case number one, ‘Discourses and Cracks – A Case Study of Information Technology and Writing Women in a Regional Context ’, is about a project, where questions concerning discourses of information society with a special focus on citizenship are discussed and where global and national politics are translated to local and situated practices. Case number two, ‘Translating and Negotiating Information Technology ’, consists of two main parts. The fi rst one is about a regional library project. The analysis of the project is based on the classical Actor Network Theory (ANT) approach that invites the study of the heterogeneous and negotiable shaping of IT. The second part is about librarians developing web-based services. The analysis is inspired by the later development of ANT (called ANTa in the thesis) in order to include more invisible actors, relations and negotiations. Case number three, ‘Negotiating Information Technology: Politics and Practices of The Public Sector Web Production’, is about work practices of a municipal web developer, through which creation of sociotechnical relations of everyday information technology practices is analysed and also mirrored to national and local IT politics. Case number four, ‘Making e-Government Happen – Everyday Co-Development of Services, Citizenship and Technology’, is presenting the same web developer as in the third case, but now his everyday practices are connected with an expanded and wider circuit of co-constructors of information technology. The text is a co-production of a multidisciplinary research group aiming to describe, analyse and problematise connections when creating practices, where technology and society collaborate. Case number fi ve, ‘Citizenship at the Crossroads of Multiple Layers of Sociotechnical Relations’, enrols technology as an active actor in the construction of citizenship in an IT context in Sweden. The perspective emphasising the active agency of non-humans both enhances and challenges the Scandinavian approach of systems development by suggesting a direction towards a cyborgian approach towards technology design. Case number six, ‘Between Stability and Instability – a Project about e-Democracy ’, takes its point of departure from a small-scale project having as its goal the development of e-democracy in a municipal context. In the text the focus is on the stabilisation processes in shaping the technology (‘e’) and democracy parts of the project. I also discuss what kinds of spaces exist in between (the hyphen in e-democracy) and ask if integration between technology and democracy is possible as a whole. Finally, my intention is to step further into stories and practices not yet existing. Inspired by the French philosopher Michel Serres, I introduce the fi guration of an angel as a cartographer, intermediator and (co-) constructor of sociomaterial relations. Angels are needed to sew the separate fi elds of technology, politics and everyday practices to a rich seamless tapestry. They are the ‘artful integrators’ (Suchman).

Samarbeten kommer och går men släktskap består : En etnografisk studie om forskares nätverksbyggande på Karolinska Institutet

Börjesson, Karin, Andrén, Ina 2017 (has links)
Det finns ett missnöje och en kritik riktad mot hur Karolinska Institutet (KI) rekrytering av Paolo Macchiarini gick till och kritiker menar att det var personliga, informella kontakter som styrde istället för de formella kraven. Mot denna bakgrund väcktes ett intresse om hur nätverk inom Karolinska Institutet och forskningsvärlden i stort byggs och vad som skiljer ett professionellt nätverk från ett personligt. För att undersöka detta har denna etnografiska studie gjorts genom deltagande observationer av en forskargrupp på KI. Syftet med studien har varit att undersöka hur forskare på KI bygger professionella och personliga nätverk och hur dessa samspelar med varandra. De frågeställningar som studien utgår ifrån är; Hur bygger forskare på KI nätverk? Hur skiljer sig forskarnas professionella och personliga nätverk åt? På vilket sätt påverkar relationen mellan handledare och doktorand dessa nätverk? För att besvara dessa frågor har Actor Network Theory (ANT) och diskursanalys använts som teoretiskt ramverk. Teorierna ger en förklaring till hur forskare samspelar med varandra och dess omvärld inom en given kontext, samt vilka faktorer som påverkar deras agerande. Resultatet av studien visar på att forskare på KI bygger nätverk på flera olika sätt och är en del av olika nätverk samtidigt. Förutom de personliga och professionella nätverken kunde ytterligare tre nätverk identifieras och skillnaderna mellan dessa belysas. Resultatet visar även på hur relationen mellan handledare och doktorand skiljer sig från andra relationer. Vår slutsats är att det bland forskares vanligtvis rörliga nätverk finns ett mer bestående nätverk av familjär karaktär. Nyckelord: Actor Network Theory (ANT), subjektsposition, nätverk, akademiskt släktskap

Sustainability of a web 2.0 application from the perspective of Actor Network Theory : The case of Libguide

Koczkas, Andreas, Arasteh, Sina 2013 (has links)
This thesis aims to focus on relational controversy about the causes behind the inconsistency in number of students who use a Web 2.0 application named "LibGuide" inside the Linnaeus University and the attempts of program coordinator to develop certain strategies to perform a better use of it in a particular department of Healthcare. The nature of the problem will be discussed, suggesting that how the these strategies maintained a high significant of use in that department. The research foregoes, as it uses a process of translation which are the moments of struggles by a program coordinator to impose itself by its role to the definition of the situation. The research suggests a network within which the series of processes and interrelation of the sociotechnical role of each member is drawn and allocated. 

No rastro das estrelas : o planetário e o ensino de astronomia à luz da teoria ator-rede

Gonçalves, Erica de Oliveira 12 August 2015 (has links)
Made available in DSpace on 2016-12-08T16:35:07Z (GMT). No. of bitstreams: 1 123545.pdf: 2511659 bytes, checksum: cfc2eb7606567795929d5757b457fe19 (MD5) Previous issue date: 2015-08-12 Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior Astronomy is a field of science in constant association with the arts, poetry, literature and education. It arouses curiosity and enchantment and is responsible for many scientific and technological advances. The school is also immersed in this sphere of knowledge, through curricula, textbooks and / or teaching initiative. In this bias, this qualitative research aims to identify the pedagogical situations where the Planetarium is characterized as a mediator or as an intermediary in the teaching and learning of astronomy, in the perspective of teachers in the early years of elementary school. For this, we use the methodological and theoretical perspective of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) by Bruno Latour. Initially we conducted a theoretical review of the main concepts of ANT and analysis of official documents of education that regulate the astronomy education in Brazil. And next, we analyzed 97 questionnaires filled by teachers who visited the Planetarium of the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - UFSC, with students in 2014. And as a last empirical step, five teachers were selected for in-depth interviews. The results indicated that for teachers using the Planetarium in addition to the teaching of astronomy or even field trip, this space makes up a mediator of the process of teaching and learning, both for students and for teachers themselves. And in these situations, the teacher assumes the role of intermediary of the actions effected by the students. A astronomia é um campo da ciência em constante associação com as artes, a poesia, a literatura e a educação. Desperta curiosidade e encantamento e é responsável por muitos avanços científicos e tecnológicos. A escola também está imersa nesta esfera de conhecimento, por meio dos currículos, livros didáticos e/ou iniciativa docente. Neste viés, esta pesquisa de natureza qualitativa tem o objetivo de identificar as situações pedagógicas em que o Planetário se caracteriza como mediador ou como intermediário nos processos de ensinar e de aprender astronomia de professores dos anos iniciais do ensino fundamental. Para isso, utilizamos a perspectiva teórica e metodológica da Teoria Ator-Rede (TAR) de Bruno Latour. Inicialmente realizamos uma revisão teórica sobre os principais conceitos da TAR e análise dos documentos oficiais da educação que normatizam o ensino de astronomia no Brasil. A seguir, foram analisados 97 questionários respondidos por professores que visitaram o Planetário da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina UFSC, com estudantes, em 2014. E como última etapa empírica, foram selecionados cinco professores para a realização de entrevistas em profundidade. Os resultados indicaram que para os professores que utilizam o Planetário como complemento para o ensino de astronomia ou mesmo para saída de campo, este espaço se constitui em mediador do processo de ensinar e de aprender, tanto para os estudantes quanto para os próprios professores. E, nestas situações, o professor assume o papel de intermediário das ações efetivadas pelos estudantes.

Museet för glömska : berättelsen om ett nomadiserande konstmuseum i ett Actor-Network Theory-perspektiv. The Museum of Forgetting : a story about a nomadic art museum in an Actor-Network Theory-perspective.

Selig, Elin 2017 (has links)
Samtidskonsten innebär att en mängd nya sätt att organisera presentationen av konst på har uppstått. Museet för glömska är en mindre samtidskonsthall med starkt idébaserad grund som kan sägas vara allt från ett kulturprojekt till ett idébaserat museum. Denna uppsats belyser vad Museet för glömska är och hur det görs i ett ANT-perspektiv. En del av uppsatsen är också att se hur en organisation som Museet för glömska låter sig studeras. Syftet med uppsatsen är att öka förståelsen för icke-traditionella museum och samtidskonsthallars organisation. Detta genom att synliggöra de förbindelser och relationer som bildar Museet för glömska. Tidigare studier av har visat att problematiken med samtidskonsten och dess organisering är att konsthallarna står i en beroendeställning till finansiärer varför det kritiska perspektiv som kännetecknar samtidskonsten kan vara svår att åstadkomma. Därför finns det anledning att studera alternativa organisationsformer. Museet för glömska undgår i viss mån denna problematik eftersom verksamheten sker på ideell grund. För att beskriva hur förbindelserna inom Museet för glömska hålls på plats använda begreppet obligatorisk passagepunkt, vilket kan sägas vara ett sätt att belysa hur makten fördelas i en organisation och vilka strategier som används för att bibehålla en maktposition. För att ytterligare beskriva vad Museet för glömska är och hur det görs används också begreppen objektskapande- och rumsligt nätverksperspektiv. Museet för glömska består, i ett ANT-perspektiv, av två kretslopp. Ett litet för varje utställningstillfälle och ett stort som beskriver Museet för glömskas identitet. Det lilla kretsloppet består av delarna utställningsidén, konstnärerna, konstverken, platsen och finansieringen. Det stora innehåller delarna utställningar, Medier utan minne och icke-platsen samt anti-grupperna museer, akademin, media och konstvärlden. Den sammanhållande faktorn för båda kretsloppen är en obligatorisk passagepunkt i form av talespersonerna och en obligatorisk icke-passagepunkt i form av artikeln Medier utan minne. Talespersonernas strategier för att bevara nätverket varierar beroende på vilken aktör i nätverket som ska intresseras. I ett objektskapande nätverksperspektiv är de små kretsloppen och det stora kretsloppet olika, men sammankopplade, objekt som skapar Museet för glömska. I ett rumsligt nätverksperspektiv existerar endast ett litet kretslopp, det som för tillfället är aktivt. När kretsloppet övergår till att inte länge vara aktivt så övergår det till att vara en del av det stora kretsloppets rumsliga nätverksform genom att det då endast existerar på Museet för glömskas webbsida. Jag hävdar genom uppsatsen att Museet för glömska kan ses på många olika sätt men att det i min uppsats ska förstås som en icke-organisation bestående av två kretslopp som hålls samman av en obligatorisk icke-passagepunkt i form av Medier utan minne och en obligatorisk passagepunkt i form av två talespersoner vars kommunikationer med kretsloppens olika delar och utpekandet av anti-grupper är essentiell för att Museet för glömska ska kunna bibehålla sin homeomorfism. Studien bidrar till att öka förståelsen för icke-traditionella konsthallar och museer genom att utvidga vad idébaserade museum kan vara och genom att visa på anti-gruppernas betydelse för icke-traditionella konsthallars identitetsskapande. Utöver detta visar också uppsatsen hur icke-organisationer kan studeras.  The emergence of contemporary art implied many new ways of organizing and presenting art. The Museum of Forgetting is a small and nomadic contemporary art gallery with a strong idea-based foundation. This thesis describes, what the Museum of Forgetting is and how it is made through an Actor Network Theory-perspective. Because of the complexity in what Museum of Forgetting is, it is also relevant to examine how an organization such as Museum of Forgetting can be studied. The purpose of this thesis is to increase the understanding of non-traditional museums and contemporary art galleries by displaying the associations with and within the Museum of Forgetting. Previous studies of contemporary art have shown that one problem of contemporary art and its organization is the dependence on external financiers. Therefore, the critical perspective, characterizing contemporary art, can be difficult to achieve. Because of this, there is reason to study alternative organizational forms of presenting and organizing art. This thesis increases the understanding of non-traditional art galleries and museums by expanding what idea-based museums can be and by showing the importance of anti-groups for the creation of the identities of non-traditional art galleries and museums. The empirical and analytical findings show, that the Museum of Forgetting, through an ANT perspective, consists of two cycles. A small one, that is actualized at each exhibition and a large one, describing the identity of the Museum of Forgetting. The small cycle consists of the following units: the exhibition-idea, the artists, the artworks, the place and the financing. The large cycle consists of: exhibitions, the article ”Media without memory” and non-location as well as anti-groups. The unifying factors for both cycles are one obligatory passage point manifested in two spokespersons and one obligatory non-passage point manifested in the article Media without memory. The spokespersons strategies to maintain their position as obligatory passage point varies, depending on which actor to enrol in the network. In essence, according to my findings, the Museum of Forgetting should be understood as two cycles which are coalesced by an obligatory non-passage point, manifested in Media without memory and an obligatory passage point, manifested in two spokespersons, whose communications with the different parts of the cycles and identification of anti-groups, are essential for maintaining the homeomorphism of the Museum of Forgetting.

Sistemas de gestão empresarial : compreendendo o processo de implementação e identificando o drifting através da interação de atores

Canepa, Paola Carmen Valenzuela 2010 (has links)
Existem diversas pesquisas que tratam o assunto do processo de implementação dos Sistemas de Gestão Empresarial (SGE) no setor empresarial. A maioria delas focalizada no planejamento e o controle do gerenciamento no contexto formativo e abrangente que as envolve. Contudo, ainda existe uma lacuna ao estudar o processo de implementação nas pequenas e médias empresas que tenham orientação empreendedora. Devido ao fato de que estas empresas encontram-se num ambiente descontrolado, evidenciando saídas de rumo diante qualquer planejamento (drifting), tornam-se interessante os estudos de caso neste setor. Sendo assim, compreender como acontece o processo de implementação de um SGE e quais são as práticas que podem ser executadas para promover sua utilização sucedida é o foco deste trabalho de pesquisa. Para tanto foram utilizados os conceitos teóricos trazidos pelo trabalho de Ciborra (2002, 2000, 1999) em conjunto com a abordagem da Teoria do Ator- Rede (TAR) proposta pelo Latour (2005), Callon (1998) e Law (1992). O trabalho mostra a forma de utilização da TAR, evidencia os conceitos trazidos pelo Ciborra (2002, 2000, 1999) e propõe práticas para promover a utilização dos SGE para a fornecedora do estudo. Além disso, demonstra a necessidade de fazer mais pesquisas, no setor empresarial objeto deste estudo, uma vez que este tipo de empresa não aplica as melhores práticas mostradas nas diversas pesquisas apresentadas na literatura. Assim também, sugere-se a continuação deste estudo analisando outros atores que introduzam o ambiente tecnológico, econômico e social desse setor para poder identificar outros motivos pelos quais os atores executaram e fizeram as escolhas relatadas, pois com a TAR estudou-se a interação entre os atores envolvidos no processo de implementação do SGE, apresentando uma descrição de como foi construído esse processo. There are several researches that deal with the matter of ERP implementation process on enterprise sector. Most of them focused on planning management control on overarching formative context that involves them. However, there is still a gap when a study is made on implementation for small and medium sized companies with entrepreneur orientation. Because these companies are settled in a non-controlled environment, noticing miss-routing upon any planning (drifting), it is interesting to have case studies in this sector. Thus, understanding how ERP implementation process is made and which are the procedures that can be applied to promote a succeed utilization is the focus of this research work. For this, it has been used theorical concepts brought by the work of Ciborra (2002, 2000, 1999) and the theorical approach of actor-network theory (ANT) proposed by Latour (2005), Callon (1998) and Law (1992). This work has shown the utilization of the ANT, it has evidenced the concepts brought by Ciborra (2002, 2000, and 1999) and suggests practices to promote the utilization of ERP for the supplier followed on this study. Besides, it is suggested to continue this study by introducing actors that represents the technological, economical and social environment of the studied sector to identify others reasons for actors’ options, once with the ANT was shown the interaction between the actors during the implementation process as a description of how the process was constructed as a result of this interaction.

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