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A Developmental Perspective to Studying Objects in Robotic Surgery

  • Laura Seppänen
  • Laure Kloetzer
  • Jarno Riikonen
  • Mikael Wahlström
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 489)

Abstract

Drawing on interventionist activity theoretical approaches, this paper describes a method of self-confrontation as a way in which to study objects in technology-mediated practices. In addition to research interests, the aim of examining the objects is to develop the capacity of professionals and organizations to work and learn better in complex technology-mediated work. The method was applied in robotic surgery, in which instruments are tele-operated by a surgeon. The robot offers better, collective visualization of the area under surgical operation than previous techniques. In particular, the paper shows how objects were revealed and new objects emerged during the intervention. We suggest that activity theoretical developmental interventions such as self-confrontations may help understand the complexity and evolution of objects, and thus contribute to studies of technology and organizations.

Keywords

Developmental intervention research Object Robotic surgery Activity theory Self-confrontation 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Leena Norros for her useful comments. We also thank all the surgeons and researchers involved in this study for their contribution. Thanks are extended to the two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments, and Alice Lehtinen for the language check. This study is part of the WOBLE research project (Developing new forms of work-based learning for the age of digitalization), funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund, and part of the Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills programme of the Academy of Finland.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Seppänen
    • 1
  • Laure Kloetzer
    • 2
  • Jarno Riikonen
    • 3
  • Mikael Wahlström
    • 4
  1. 1.Finnish Institute of Occupational HealthHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  3. 3.Pirkanmaa Hospital DistrictTampereFinland
  4. 4.VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.EspooFinland

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