Knut H. Rolland

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The design and conceptualization of Common Information Spaces (CIS) has long been recognized as an important research topic within CSCW. Informed by recent developments in Actor-Network Theory (ANT), this paper contributes to the conceptualization of CIS across heterogeneous contexts. In particular, the paper develops a dynamic perspective on CIS(More)
A considerable body of literature has demonstrated— empirically as well as analytically—that information systems need to be situated to the local context of use. Yet for infrastructural information systems that spannumerous contexts spreadout globally, this is literally prohibitive. For these systems towork, it is necessary to strike abalancebetween(More)
The purpose of this paper is to point at some of the aspects that make today’s large-scale information systems and infrastructures in globally dispersed corporations exceedingly challenging to implement. At the brink of the new millennium, emerging trends like globalisation and the Internet – as well as the buzzword ‘knowledge management’, have profound(More)
This paper describes a preliminary analysis of the role of power in the development of two large-scale information infrastructures. Grounded in these empirical studies, the paper suggests that such largescale infrastructure efforts encapsulate a specific techno-political dynamics that by necessity involve the need to juggle a variety of changing alliances,(More)
A key challenge in open source software (OSS) projects is to cultivate and nurture a motivated community of developers. More often than not, OSS projects struggle with a chronic lack of man-power, which ultimately threatens to undermine the whole project. This introduces a certain form of fragility to OSS projects. To avoid collapsing, the enabling of(More)