Practice Theory, Work, and Organization: An Introduction

Paperback | January 4, 2013

byDavide Nicolini

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What is practice theory? Where do practice theories come from? What do they say? Do they really offer something new to the study of work and organization? In setting out to answer these questions, this book provides a rigorous yet accessible introduction to contemporary theories of practice, discussing their distinctive contribution to work and organization studies. Practice theories are a set of conceptual tools and methodologies for investigating,analysing, and representing everyday practice through written text, language, images, and behaviour. Drawing on a variety of theoretical traditions, they have explored the idea that phenomena such as knowledge, meaning, science, power, organized activity, sociality, and institutions are rooted inpractice. The book first examines the origins of the idea of practice. Recognizing that a unified theory of practice does not exist, the central chapters of the book then discuss the theory and concepts of the main scholarly traditions that have, collectively, contributed to the 'practice turn' in social andorganization studies. Each of the central chapters concludes with a fully worked example of the theory in application.Practice theories have become of increasing interest for management and organizational scholars in recent years, and this book is an advanced introduction to the complexities of the area for academics, researchers, and graduate students in organization studies, management, and across the socialsciences.

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What is practice theory? Where do practice theories come from? What do they say? Do they really offer something new to the study of work and organization? In setting out to answer these questions, this book provides a rigorous yet accessible introduction to contemporary theories of practice, discussing their distinctive contribution to...

Davide Nicolini is Professor of Organization Studies at Warwick Business School. He co-directs the IKON Research Centre at Warwick Business School and the Warwick Institute of Health. Prior to joining the University of Warwick he held positions at The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London and the University of Trento and Be...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:January 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231591

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Praxis and Practice Theory: A Brief Historical Overview3. Praxeology and the Work of Giddens and Bourdieu4. Practice as Tradition and Community5. Practice as Activity6. Practice as Accomplishment7. Practice as the House of the Social: Contemporary Developments of the Heideggerian and Wittgensteinian Traditions8. Discourse and Practice9. Bringing it All Together: a Toolkit to Study and Represent Practice at Work