Challenges of Scaling 3D Printing across a UK Hospital

Dr Stavros Polykarpou is working with co-authors to examine how places shape the way emerging technologies scale across organizations. Through a five-year ethnographic field study on organizing 3D printing across a major UK National Health Service (NHS) hospital, they extend theory on how places influence the attempted scaling of this emerging technology. Informed by a practice lens and a process research approach, the authors develop a model that theorizes 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 remained rather limited in three different situated places.