Thanks Katie for making the announcement!

The article’s title assumes prior knowledge of organization theory. But 
the abstract (posted below) and article itself are more straightforward. 
In addition to colleagues from CASCI and iSchool, I would also like to 
invite our HCI friends who work on visualization and design to join this 
discussion on *beautiful technologies* and *technology fashions* next 

Abrahamson, E. (2011). The iron cage: Ugly, uncool, and unfashionable. 
Organization Studies, 32(5), 615-629.
Historical studies reveal how organizational markets supplied artifacts 
that became fashionable because they met not only consumers’ cultural 
tastes, but also their technological preferences. This article calls 
such artifacts cultural-technological fusions. The digital mode of 
production tends to generate more types of fashionable fusions, which 
replace each other at a growing rate, and travel increasingly swiftly 
across consumers globally. These changes in fashion markets mandate a 
revised theory of fashion bearing on the organizational production of 
digital culture-technology fusions and on the characteristics of fusions 
so produced. This article’s theory describes digital production 
processes enabling fusion’s rapid visualization, creation, and awareness 
among global consumers, production processes that create or reinforce 
three types of fusions: ‘beautiful technologies’, that is technologies 
rendered aesthetic; ‘efficient beauties’, that is aesthetic artifacts 
rendered technologically efficient; ‘concoctions’, that is new 
technologies fused with new cultural tastes. Finally, the theory 
discusses the novel characteristics of the market supply and consumption 
of fashionable fusions.

Ping Wang
University of Maryland, College Park

On 10/14/2014 2:33 PM, Katie Shilton wrote:
> For the next CASCI theory reading group meeting (10/21/14, 11:00 am, 
> Hornbake 2116) we will read:
>     Abrahamson, E. (2011). The iron cage: Ugly, uncool, and
>     unfashionable./Organization Studies/, 32(5), 615-629.
> The discussion will be led by Ping Wang.
> The article is available via the UMD Research Port here: 
> Please join us!
> -- 
> Katie Shilton
> Assistant Professor
> College of Information Studies
> University of Maryland, College Park
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