"Yeah, the Rush Ain'T Here Yet " Take a Break": Creation and Use of an Artifact As Organizational Memory

Title"Yeah, the Rush Ain'T Here Yet " Take a Break": Creation and Use of an Artifact As Organizational Memory
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsHalverson, CA, Ackerman, MS
Conference NameProceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'03)
Pagination113.2–
Date Published01/2003
Keywordsdcog, distributed cognition, expertise sharing, information maintenance, information reuse, knowledge artifacts, resource evolution, socio-technical resources, trajectories of use
Abstract

important to understand how things become adopted as memory resources in organizations. In this paper, we describe the genesis and use of an artifact that became a memory resource for a wide range of activities. We discuss how the creation and use of the rush cheat sheet (RCS) and its associated representations at Dallas Ft. Worth TRACON brought together information and expert knowledge across organizational boundaries. Multiorganizational information became synthesized in a composite that could be used as a resource by the contributing organizations, acting as a boundary object. However, it is multiple representations of the same data that enable it to be so used. Using distributed cognition theory, we examined the conditions under which data transforms from an internal resource to a boundary object; speculating about domain generalization.

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