Of Forms, Containers, and the Electronic Medical Record: Some Tools for a Sociology of the Formal

@article{Berg1997OfFC,
  title={Of Forms, Containers, and the Electronic Medical Record: Some Tools for a Sociology of the Formal},
  author={Marc Berg},
  journal={Science, Technology \& Human Values},
  year={1997},
  volume={22},
  pages={403 - 433}
}
  • M. Berg
  • Published 1 October 1997
  • Engineering
  • Science, Technology & Human Values
Formal tools (i.e., those tools that operate on circumscribed input using rules and that contain a model of the workplace in which they are supposed to function) are attributed central roles in organizing work within many modern workplaces. How should one comprehend the power of these tools? Taking the (electronic) medical record as an example, this article builds on recent calls to overcome the dichotomy between the formal and the informal and proposes an understanding of the generative power… 

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