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Distribution of responsibility in socio-technical networks: the Promest case

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The aim of the present paper is to show how (informal) responsibility issues within the context of a network are essentially related with the way networks are organised in order to pursue their objectives. We conceive of organisations as having at least three relevant dimensions: power, coordination and control. The case of the Dutch manure processing factory Promest is analysed in terms of these three dimensions. The analysis provides an illustration of how the dimensions enable actors to discharge their responsibilities, thereby offering insight in responsibility issues within a group of actors and contributing to the prevention of the problem of many hands.

Keywords: agriculture; networks; organisational structure; problem of many hands; responsibility; socio-technical; technology and innovation studies

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Technology, Policy & Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands 2: Department of Technology Management, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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