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dc.contributor.authorBailey, Simonen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPierides, Deanen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBrisley, Adamen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWeisshaar, Claraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBlakeman, Thomasen_UK
dc.description.abstractAlgorithms are increasingly being adopted in healthcare settings, promising increased safety, productivity and efficiency. The growing sociological literature on algorithms in healthcare shares an assumption that algorithms are introduced to ‘support’ decisions within an interactive order that is predominantly human-oriented. We present a different argument, calling attention to the manner in which organisations can end up introducing a nonnegotiable disjuncture between human initiated care work and work that supports algorithms, which we call algorithmic work. Drawing on an ethnographic study, we describe how two hospitals in England implemented an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) algorithm and we analyse ‘interruptions’ to the algorithm’s expected performance. When the coordination of algorithmic work occludes care work, we find a ‘dismembered’ organisation that is algorithmically-oriented rather than human-oriented. In our discussion, we examine the consequences of coordinating human and non-human work in each hospital and conclude by urging sociologists of organisation to attend to the importance of the formal in algorithmic work. As the use of algorithms becomes widespread, our analysis provides insight into how organisations outside of healthcare can also end up severing tasks from human experience when algorithmic automation is introduced.en_UK
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_UK
dc.relationBailey S, Pierides D, Brisley A, Weisshaar C & Blakeman T (2020) Dismembering organisation: The coordination of algorithmic work in healthcare. Current Sociology.
dc.rightsBailey S, Pierides D, Brisley A, Weisshaar C & Blakeman T, Dismembering organisation: The coordination of algorithmic work in healthcare, Current Sociology (Forthcoming). Copyright © The Authors 2019. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.en_UK
dc.subjectwork, coordinationen_UK
dc.titleDismembering organisation: The coordination of algorithmic work in healthcareen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleCurrent Sociologyen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.funderNational Institute for Health Researchen_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcoming/Available Onlineen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Kenten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationManagement, Work and Organisationen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversitat Pompeu Fabraen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Manchesteren_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Manchesteren_UK
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