Coffee Machine as a mediating technology of organization

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Media, Technology and Organization Studies
EditorsTimon Beyes, Robin Holt, Claus Pias
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date12.12.2019
ISBN (Print)9780198809913
Publication statusPublished - 12.12.2019