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Sustaining Stories … In-house, Ethnographic Practice

In 2008, the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) was held in Copenhagen.  Unfortunately, global economic and personal circumstances required a last minute change in our travel plans, and my co-author Johann and I were not able to attend. We asked Simon Pulman-Jones (our session curator) to deliver a shortened version of our presentation using this script. […]

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Market Discourse and the Evolution of Corporate Anthropology

Market Discourse and the Evolution of Corporate Anthropology Paper Abstract As anthropologists, we position the value of our perspective and services in the corporate context.  Thus, we both perpetuate and are subject to the discourse of the market.  This paper describes one company’s transformation from a technocratic to market-driven mindset, and how workers are managed […]

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Consuming Work, Producing Self: Market Discourse in Dispersed Knowledge Work

This page provides video clips and a short summary of my dissertation defense, which I delivered as part of the requirements for my Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology in June 2004.  You can also read Chapter Summaries and download my dissertation if you’re interested.   Consuming Work, Producing Self: Market Discourse in Dispersed Knowledge Work Presentation Video […]

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Across the Wall: Ethnographers and Technologists at Work Together

Across the Wall: Ethnographers and Technologists at Work Together Panel Participants Natalie Hanson, SAP (Organizer & Chair) Jill Boncek and Jeff Pierce, Pitney Bowes Brigitte Jordan and Richard Tyo, Intel Tracey Lovejoy and Nelle Steele, Microsoft Session Abstract More and more, corporate decision makers and technologists recognize the value of ethnographic insights. As a consequence, […]

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The Challenges of Power in Practice: A Storytelling Session

The Challenges of Power in Practice: A Storytelling Session Panel Participants Natalie Hanson, SAP  (Organizer & Chair) Inga Treitler, The TerraNova Group Melissa Fisher, The Insight Works, Inc. Martin Ortleib, Sapient Corporation Panel Abstract Research in a corporate setting is competitive – driven by the bottom line.  But when we research anthropologists are brought onto teams, […]

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