P. Robert Duimering

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Very little is known about computer gamers' playing experience. Most social scientific research has treated gaming as an undifferentiated activity associated with various factors outside the gaming context. This article considers computer games as behavior settings worthy of social scientific investigation in their own right and contributes to a better(More)
Drawing on arguments from institutional theory, we examine the implementation and use of a supplier development program by a major North American automotive manufacturer. While all suppliers adopted the program as an apparent response to coercive institutional pressures from their customer, the study focuses on the effects of such pressures on internal(More)
This paper presents a view of group problem solving based on Heider’s balance theory (Cartwright & Harary, 1956; Doreian, Kapuscinski, Krackhardt, & Szczypula, 1996; Heider, 1946, 1958), which conceptualizes the problem solving process as a progression towards increasing structural balance. Balance theory provides a means of representing problems in ways(More)
Cop New product development (NPD) projects are characterised by task ambiguity, whereby the set of tasks necessary for project completion and the relationships between tasks are initially unknown and only emerge as the development process unfolds. This paper uses interview data from NPD project managers in a large telecom firm to examine the influence of(More)
The New Product Development (NPD) process begins with a set of more or less ambiguous concepts that define required product characteristics and features. As the product is completed, the meaning of the concepts becomes precisely specified and a concrete product identity gradually takes shape. New product ideas are cleaned up and crystallized through a(More)
Plan and situated action relationship has been an active area of debate in recent years in various fields of study yet such relationship has a propensity for ambiguity. It would be a limited/desperate argument to claim that plans can capture every level of detail. Needless to say, a model cannot exceed or equal reality. Given that a clear(More)
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