Re: cultural anthropology

Peter Charles (
Sun, 08 Dec 1996 20:16:49 GMT

This is a copy of a reply to a post that I sent to another article in
this group. Is this the sort of thing that you arre after?


The impact of groupware on bureaucracies and the bureaucratic culture
is probably worth some investigation. We all know that the control
and manipulation of information in a bureaucracy is one of the sources
of power. The setting of policy, procedural standards and their
enforcement is another. I believe that groupware threatens both due
to the virtually uncontrolled lateral communications that it makes
possible (far more than EMail), and the setting of de facto standards
that result from this communication. This weakens hierarchy, hence
the resistence to groupware in some organizations (my own employer
included.) Some analogies to consider could be the attempt in the
former Eastern Block to control FAX and photocopiers to diminish the
spread of samizdat publications

Is this sort of thing of any interest to you?

Peter Charles (liefting) wrote:

>Who is interested in cultural anthropology?
>Who is interested in cultural, organization and management?

>Please react