Artifacts at the centre of routines: performing the material turn in routines theory

Artifacts at the centre of routines: performing the material turn in routines theory
Document type
Working Paper
Author(s)
D'Adderio, Luciana
Publisher
AIM Research
Date of publication
1 September 2010
Series
AIM Research Working Paper Series
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This paper endeavours to improve our understanding of the influence of artifacts on routines dynamics by proposing a novel and deeper conceptualisation of their mutual relationship. Existing theories of organisational routines have generally had simplistic and extreme views of artifacts as fully deterministic or largely inconsequential. Artifacts have been treated as either too solid to be avoided, or too flexible to have an effect.  In drawing from recent advances in Routines and STS/Performativity Theory, the paper contributes to advancing our understanding of routines dynamics by bringing artifacts and materiality from the periphery to the very centre of routines and Routines Theory.

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