Coffee Machine as a mediating technology of organization

Publikation: Beiträge in SammelwerkenAufsätze in SammelwerkenForschung


Technologies of coffee making and drinking at the workplace and in break rooms provide us with field-internal analytical devices for organizational research. Drawing on five ethnographic stories—prohibited coffee cups in an insurance office; coffee machine battles in a TV studio; the simulation of coffee sociality in a software company; turbulences between two work break shifts in a department store; and the exclusive coffee club in a data services company—this chapter argues that analysing organizational life through the lens of coffee provision is not without pitfalls, but can nevertheless give us useful access to an organization’s inner workings.
TitelOxford Handbook of Media, Technology and Organization Studies
HerausgeberTimon Beyes, Robin Holt, Claus Pias
Anzahl der Seiten9
VerlagOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198809913
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 12.12.2019