INDEX is proud to say that our Stavros Polykarpou has won an award.

The Academy of Management has given an OCIS Division Best Paper Award to a paper co-authored by Stavros. The paper, Place and Organizing for Emerging Technologies-Challenges of Scaling 3DPrinting Across a UK Hospital, examines how the role of place shapes the way emerging technologies scale across hospital organisations. It was authored by Stavros Polykarpou, Michael Barrett and Eivor Oborn.

Through a five-year ethnographic field study on organising 3D printing across a major UK National Health Service (NHS) hospital, the authors extend theory on how places influence the attempted scaling of this emerging technology. Informed by a practice lens and a process research approach, they develop a model that theorises the constitutive role of place in terms of its resources, materiality and location meaning, which taken together, explain how and why the scaling of 3D printing failed in three different situated places remained rather limited. Moreover, the authors unpack the idea of place dynamics, which entail processes of place bending, place extending and place framing to theorise the role of place in scaling an emerging technology. The paper concludes with a discussion on the implications for the organising of emerging technologies and highlights the ways in which place is integral to shaping the process of scaling.

The link below gives a 6-page abridged version:

Polykarpou, S., Barrett, M., and Oborn, E., 2020. Place and Organizing for Emerging Technologies: Challenges of Scaling 3D Printing in a UK Hospital DOI: In Guclu Atinc (Ed.), Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Online ISSN: 2151-6561.