Calculative technologies in their social setting: investor analysts’ composition of corporate social and environmental performance
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The present study analyses how the composition of calculative technologies is affected by the social setting in which the technologies are situated. Previous studies tend to explain technology’s adoption and abandonment by its functionality and its ability to conceive the object under study. Studying the corporate social and environmental performance analysis conducted by institutional investor analysts and their service providers, the present study instead finds that calculative technologies in themselves have a product quality and are located at an intersection of markets. The resulting pressure from different forms of competition affects the composition of the technology. As a result, the technologies are as a result not particularly stable, which prevents the epistemic object, corporate social and environmental performance, from becoming a technological taken-for-granted object. The technology’s functionality is, rather than inherent and stable, attributed to the technology and continuously negotiated.
Calculative, technologies, social, environmental, performance, analysis, epistemic, practice
Research subject Business Administration
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89083OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-89083DiVA: diva2:615526