The sociomateriality of organisational life: considering technology in management research
Author(s)Orlikowski, Wanda J.
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Drawing on a specific scenario from a contemporary workplace, I review some of the dominant ways that management scholars have addressed technology over the past five decades. I will demonstrate that while materiality is an integral aspect of organisational activity, it has either been ignored by management research or investigated through an ontology of separateness that cannot account for the multiple and dynamic ways in which the social and the material are constitutively entangled in everyday life. I will end by pointing to some possible alternative perspectives that may have the potential to help management scholars take seriously the distributed and complex sociomaterial configurations that form and perform contemporary organisations.
DepartmentSloan School of Management
Cambridge Journal of Economics
Oxford University Press on behalf of the Cambridge Political Economy Society
Orlikowski, W. J. “The sociomateriality of organisational life: considering technology in management research.” Cambridge Journal of Economics 34 (2009): 125-141.
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