Schatzki and techno-organizational practice

Morgan-Thomas, A. (2018) Schatzki and techno-organizational practice. In: Mitev, N., Morgan-Thomas, A., Lorino, P., de Vaujany, F.-X. and Nama, Y. (eds.) Materiality and Managerial Techniques: New Perspectives on Organizations, Artefacts and Practice. Series: Technology, work and globalization. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 307-324. ISBN 9783319661001 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-66101-8_12)

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This chapter explores a possibility of an activity-based view of sociomateriality. It argues that the treatment of sociomaterial practices and the corresponding debates have tended to prioritize epistemology over ontology and scarce emphasis has been paid to metaphysical assumptions; and that sociomaterial studies have tended not to recognize the differences in metaphysical assumptions between the practice theories of actions and theories of arrangements. In extending Schatzki’s practice theory to the study of techno-organizational phenomena, the specific objectives here are to examine the ontological status of practice in sociomateriality research and to offer an activity-based conceptualization of sociomaterial practice. The key argument advanced is that a theory of actions may address sociomaterial ‘doing’ and account more fully for the role of technology in organizing.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Morgan-Thomas, Professor Anna
Authors: Morgan-Thomas, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:25 January 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Author
First Published:First published in Materiality and Managerial Techniques: New Perspectives on Organizations, Artefacts and Practice 307: 324
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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