October 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
Following my sabbatical period (2014-2015) dedicated to the study of contemporary prints valuation, I will be spending a writing period at the Frans Masereel Center. The objective is be to exploit the qualitative material that has been gathered during last year, trying to make sense of what is happening to contemporary prints in France. Staying at FM will also be a wonderful opportunity to confront my analyses to the views of other international resident artists.
January 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
Information and communication technology use is a matter of societal importance. These technologies are developing at a rapid pace and absorb significant investments from the part of governments, companies and even individuals. Their adoption and use in everyday life constitutes a challenge as the potentialities of ICT are plentiful: education, business, health and culture are a few of the many sectors impacted by IT. This is even truer with mobile technologies. Interestingly, a recent meta-analysis of mobile internet usage underlines the scattered and fragmented nature of academic research dedicated to the use and non-use of mobile technologies and services (Gerpott and Thomas, 2014).
The reasons why people accept and adopt or not these technologies remain a vast domain of research. In this project, instead of focusing on the reasons for accepting and using ICT, we adopt a reverse viewpoint, trying to investigate the subjectivity of one “non-user”. Indeed, a recent ACM working group – Association for Computing Machinery – calls for more research in both conceptualising and investigating non-use (Baumer, Ames, Brubacker, Burrell and Dourish, 2014). This research group also points out the methodological challenge associated with the study of non-use. In this context, we advocate that Q-method offers a timely methodological option.
Building upon the avenue suggested by Stephenson that a single case study might be as rich as studies with several individuals, we conduct an investigation using nine conditions of instruction with the same participant. Our research findings exhibit that 4 viewpoints can be distinguished and that “non-use” is far from being a homogeneous concept.
Thanks to Q method, the different shades of technology acceptation, adoption and appropriation can be documented and brought into light. “Non-use” can be pictured as a changeable geometry between different aspects. A hexagon sums up the different significant dimensions as they appear from this single-case. Depending on circumstances, this hexagon varies across dimensions leading to different use-behaviour patterns (such as use, non-use, and partial use) as pictured below.This research will appear in Operant Subjectivity, 37/4.
November 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
This year, I will have a sabbatical period that will allow me to investigate an exciting area : contemporary prints’ valuation processes. This topic remains largely unexplored whether in the field of cultural ecnomics or in the one of arts marketing. Interviews with different actors – curators, institutions, buyers, artists, galeries, editors etc. – are being conducted and will be qualitatively analysed in order to draw a exploratory picture of the topic.
Updates will be published periodically 😉
May 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
The coming conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 17th to 19th of July.
Please visit the site for more information.
July 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Q-method has been invented by William Stephenson in the 1950’s. It became a popular method for investigating human subjectivity in several human and social sciences. However, in Management Science and Management of Information Sciences Research, it remains a marginal under-utilized method. I have made a thorough review of Q studies in IS and tried to advocate for the devlopment of more Q-studies in the field. This is presented (in french) in my article in SIM Review (Systèmes d’Information & Management), volume 18.
June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Part of our research program dedicated to the value of culture for territories, our small team focuses on the use of Social Network Sites by living arts organizations. Last year and this year we conducted exploratory interviews with Public Relation people and collected Facebook data and Tweets. Two scientific presentations of this work in progress are made.
One was in May at the French association of Information Systems (AIM) in Lyon and one is coming end of June at Bogota for the AIMAC conference (the International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management).
From our exploration, we observe that PR people from the cultural area feel the need for both benchmark and landmark concerning the use of SNS in their communication. The data provided by FB tend to be overwhelming (and largely redundant) and not directly manageable for piloting their online communication. Also, as we developed a case study of a one-week event and followed the activity on FB and Twitter, we observed that viral effects are far from being huge and persistent. There is clearly a need for further research and comparison across cultural sectors.
June 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
Although it was a windy and rainy day, the workshop was full of positive and warm exchanges and discussion with a program of 7 papers to be presented. Most of them adopt a qualitative stance… one can wonder whether it is a French specificity…