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Regulation as Productive Tool Use: Participatory Observation in the Control Room of a District Heating System

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In this doctoral dissertation results from a participatory observation in a control room of a district heating system are presented and discussed. The research is based on praxis theory. The presentation takes its point of departure in problems at the workplace. Why do the machines at the workplace appear perfect and infallible even though they run wild sometimes? Why are human beings who commit errors trusted to put things in order when machines do run wild? Why do the operators claim that theoretical principles of regulation are useless, that they have to arrange themselves according to what is real?
During the presentation cognitive theories are discussed as theories that understand human beings like the machines they operate. Cognitive theories are seen as working with pre-given components. They therefore have to be abstract, logical and are only valid in a closed problem space. What is needed is a theory of human thinking as concrete, partial and situated insight in praxis. The meaning of a situation must vary according to context in order to achieve regularity in praxis.
The presentation of the observation material takes its point of departure in the discussion of 10 minutes of regulatory work on a winter day. It is demonstrated that the operators identify the regulatory problem of the day as a partial insight, and that they reorganise their understanding according to the course of events.
Subsequently regulation is differentiated from other practices: laying down rules, error identification, repair, design, etc. They are comprised of a set of distributed practices. They are reciprocally identified in the conflictual cooperation of the work site with the mediated conditions as resources. The practices are all aspects of the slow development of praxis, coordinated in design.
From a work perspective it is argued that this concrete, many-sided understanding of regulation must be of consequence to the design of future work sites.
From a discussion perspective it is concluded that the slow development of praxis is the unfolding of human social nature.

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Author(s):
Erik Axel
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Used: very good
Edition:
2002
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
655
Publisher:
Roskilde University Press
Title:
Regulation as Productive Tool Use: Participatory Observation in the Control Room of a District Heating System

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In this doctoral dissertation results from a participatory observation in a control room of a district heating system are presented and discussed. The research is based on praxis theory. The presentation takes its point of departure in problems at the workplace. Why do the machines at the workplace appear perfect and infallible even though they run wild sometimes? Why are human beings who commit errors trusted to put things in order when machines do run wild? Why do the operators claim that theoretical principles of regulation are useless, that they have to arrange themselves according to what is real?
During the presentation cognitive theories are discussed as theories that understand human beings like the machines they operate. Cognitive theories are seen as working with pre-given components. They therefore have to be abstract, logical and are only valid in a closed problem space. What is needed is a theory of human thinking as concrete, partial and situated insight in praxis. The meaning of a situation must vary according to context in order to achieve regularity in praxis.
The presentation of the observation material takes its point of departure in the discussion of 10 minutes of regulatory work on a winter day. It is demonstrated that the operators identify the regulatory problem of the day as a partial insight, and that they reorganise their understanding according to the course of events.
Subsequently regulation is differentiated from other practices: laying down rules, error identification, repair, design, etc. They are comprised of a set of distributed practices. They are reciprocally identified in the conflictual cooperation of the work site with the mediated conditions as resources. The practices are all aspects of the slow development of praxis, coordinated in design.
From a work perspective it is argued that this concrete, many-sided understanding of regulation must be of consequence to the design of future work sites.
From a discussion perspective it is concluded that the slow development of praxis is the unfolding of human social nature.

Author(s):
Erik Axel
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2002
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
655
Publisher:
Roskilde University Press
Title:
Regulation as Productive Tool Use: Participatory Observation in the Control Room of a District Heating System

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