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Intelligent technologies require special attention due to their increasing presence and performative influence both in everyday and organisational life. We aim at developing greater insights into how power relations shape the development and use of intelligent technologies. Combined with a ‘performative’ process view, our research follows a material-discursive view of power by drawing on Michel Foucault’s work to emphasise the positive effects of power. We show how technological change initiatives are shaped through complex mechanisms by which discourses constrain as much as enable what actors can say and do. We highlight the push-pull dynamic which lies in iterative and recursive acts of power and resistance involving a range of actors who collectively, albeit inadvertently, change the meanings technological change outcomes perform. Finally, we show that technological initiatives that might initially seem to fail can ‘take off’ through persistent and positive power effects.



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