"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 88: Situated Knowledge and Situated Action: What do Practice-Based Studies Promise?
Situated Knowledge and Situated Action: What do Practice-Based Studies Promise?
‘Knowledge is not something that people possess in their heads, but rather, something that people do together’. (Gergen, 1985: 270)
Since the 1980s, learning and knowing in organizations have been subject to lively and sometimes heated debate in the field of organization studies. More recently there is a form of new convergence around the so-called Practice-Based Studies (PBS) of learning and knowing in organizations. It is natural to enquire as to the reasons for this great interest, and explore how the focus on knowing in practice can contribute to a re-framing of the field.
The success of the theme of PBS in organizations resides, I believe, within that ...