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Socio-Technical Interaction Networks: A Discussion of the Strengths, Weaknesses and Future of Kling’s STIN Model

  • Eric T. Meyer
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 223)

Abstract

The Socio-Technical Interaction Network (STIN) strategy for social informatics research was published late in Rob Kling’s life, and as a result, he did not have time to pursue its continued development. This paper aims to summarize existing work on STINs, identify key themes, strengths, weaknesses and limitations, and to suggest trajectories for the future of STIN research. The STIN strategy for research on socio-technical systems offers the potential for useful insights into the highly intertwined nature of social factors and technological systems, however a number of areas of the strategy remain underdeveloped and offer the potential for future refinement and modification.

Keywords

Social informatics Socio-Technical Interaction Networks STIN Rob Kling 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric T. Meyer
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  1. 1.Rob Kling Center for Social InformaticsIndiana UniversityUSA

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