How Matter Matters: Objects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies

Paperback | June 15, 2014

EditorPaul R. Carlile, Davide Nicolini, Ann Langley

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Although human lives towards the second half of the twentieth century became increasingly mediated by objects and artifacts and have depended heavily on the functioning of technical systems, materiality in a broad sense became relatively marginalized as a topic of research interest. Thisvolume contributes to redressing the balance by drawing together the work of scholars involved in exploring the sociomaterial dimensions of organizational life. It will look at the way material objects and artifacts are conceived in organizations, and how they function in interaction with humanagents. The book offers a new conceptual repertoire and vocabulary that allows deeper thought and discussion about the inherent entanglement of the social and material. Like the preceding volumes in the Perspectives on Process Organization Studies series, the book displays the richness that characterizesprocess thinking, and combines philosophical reflections with novel conceptual perspectives and insightful empirical analyses.

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Although human lives towards the second half of the twentieth century became increasingly mediated by objects and artifacts and have depended heavily on the functioning of technical systems, materiality in a broad sense became relatively marginalized as a topic of research interest. Thisvolume contributes to redressing the balance by d...

Paul R. Carlile is Professor at Boston University School of Management. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and was an Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Paul studied Philosophy and Anthropology at Brigham Young University and also earned a Masters in Organizational Behavior ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Paul Carlile, Davide Nicolini, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsoukas: Introducing the Third Volume of Perspectives on Organization Studies2. Karen Barad: Ma(R)King Time: Material Entanglements and Re-Memberings: Cutting Together-Apart3. John Shotter: Reflections on Sociomateriality and Dialogicality in Organization Studies: from Inter-' to Intra-Thinking ... in Performing Practices4. Nada Endrissat and Claus Noppeney: Materializing the Immaterial: Relational Movements in a Perfume s Becoming5. Paul Dourish and Melissa Mazmanian: Media as Material: Information Representations as Material Foundations for Organizational Practice6. Wanda J. Orlikowski and Susan V. Scott: Knowledge Eclipse: Producing Sociomaterial Reconfigurations in the Hospitality Sector7. Paul M. Leonardi: The Emergence of Materiality within Formal Organizations8. Bjornar Olsen: Reclaiming Things: An Archaeology of Matter9. Matthew Jones: Untangling Sociomateriality10. Silvia Gherardi and Manuela Perrotta: Doing By Inventing the Way of Doing: Formativeness as the Linkage of Meaning and Matter11. Lucas D. Introna: Otherness and the Letting-be of Becoming: Or, Ethics Beyond Bifurcation

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`"The recent decades witnessed conspicuous changes in organization theory: a slow but inexorable shift from the focus on structures to the focus on processes. The whirlwinds of the global economy made it clear that everything flows, even if change itself can become stable. While the interestin processes of organizing is not new, it is now acquiring a distinct presence, as more and more voices join in. A forum is therefore needed where such voices can speak to one another, and to the interested readers. The series Perspectives on Process Organization Studies will provide an excellentforum of that kind, both for those for whom a processual perspective is a matter of ontology, and those who see it as an epistemological choice." 'Barbara Czarniawska, Professor of Management Studies, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden