Technological choices and organisational impacts A few anthropological theses on the circulation of knowledge, mankind and techniques

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Philippe GESLIN

Ethnologist, Professor, Haute École Spécialisée, Associate professor, Institut d'ethnologie de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Representative member, Laboratory for social anthropology, Collège de France

Seminar Company cultures and managements | Monday March 23, 2009 - 17h -19h

In the 1990s, a group of about ten salt producers from the Guinea coastal area changed their salt cultivation system by choosing technologies which were partially innovative. Fourteen years later, nearly 3,000 people are either directly or indirectly involved in this initiative. As well as the conceptual and material aspects at work, this choice promoted original ways of different techniques and work organisation depending on the area. What lessons for the business world can be learned from this ? Is it possible to transpose the anthropotechnological model of intervention, implemented at the time to accompany this process of design, into neighbouring regions ? On a wider level, what can we learn about the circulation of knowledge, mankind and techniques ?

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