"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.
Chapter 18: On the Practise of Practice: In-tensions and Ex-tensions in the Ongoing Reconfiguration of Practices
On the Practise of Practice: In-tensions and Ex-tensions in the Ongoing Reconfiguration of Practices
Understanding and engaging with the social complexity of organizing remains a fundamental challenge in management and organization studies. New and emerging approaches to management and organization research need to fundamentally engage with such complexity in its own terms. Instead of seeking simplifications and classifications of the complex into substances and variables to be isolated, measured and tested, we need to learn to work with complexity in the relational, interconnected, nested and perplexed ways in which it constitutes and defines the social.
In this chapter this view is applied in rethinking the current dominant logic and approach that governs research on ...