The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research. The Handbook is divided into five sections: Part One: Process Philosophy Part Two: Process Theory Part Three: Process Methodology Part Four: Process Applications Part Five: Process Perspectives
Chapter 7: The Practice Approach: For a Praxeology of Organisational and Management Studies
Practice theory, practice-based studies, practice approach, or practice lens denote a family of orientations that take orderly materially mediated doing and sayings (‘practices') and their aggregations as central for the understanding of organisational and social phenomena. Authors who embrace this orientation suggest that matters such as social order, knowledge, institutions, identity, power, inequalities, or change result from and transpire through practices and their aggregations. Examples of social practices include driving, taking pictures, cooking, consuming, teaching a class, online trading, strategising in corporate meetings, and performing heart surgery. Practice approaches are a primary way to study organisation processually. This is because all ...