Adoption and use of energy‐monitoring technology in ship officers’ communities of practice
Journal article, 2020

The paper offers an analysis of how an energy-monitoring system was implemented and eventually adopted by the crew members in a shipping company. It illustrates how the social process of enacting the system as a collaborative technology- in-practice, enabling a significant reduction in energy consumption, was contingent on the negotiation of meaning and mutual learning among crew members in their community of practice. The case study contributes to the literature on the relation between information technology, organization and energy efficiency by investigating the socially situated nature of technology implementation and work practice change. The findings’ implications for the role of information technology in improving energy efficiency in shipping are discussed.

Energy efficiency · Maritime operation · Energy monitoring · Information systems · Communities of practice · Technology-in-practice


Martin Viktorelius

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Maritime Studies, Nautical Studies

Cognition, Technology and Work

1435-5558 (ISSN) 1435-5566 (eISSN)

Vol. 22 3 459-471

Subject Categories

Social Psychology

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Applied Psychology

Human Aspects of ICT

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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