Materiality and Managerial Techniques
This edited book examines the relationship between the materiality of artefacts and managerial techniques, combining the recent scholarly interest on socio-materiality with a focus on management. Exploring managerial techniques, the social and material tools used by actors to guide or facilitate collective activities, topics include their socio-materiality, performative dimension, role in managerial control, relationship to organisational space and relationship to organisational legitimacy. This volume particularly explores the valuation and legitimation practices or processes involving managerial techniques, their modalities, specificities and involvement in collective activity within organisations. The overall aim of the chapters is to explore in different ways and instances the way in which material artefacts are able to inscribe and enforce managerial action which affects daily work practices. Nathalie Mitev was Associate Professor at the Department of Management, London School of Economics, and held previous positions in UK universities. She has an international reputation for in-depth qualitative research and for setting a critical agenda within information systems management. Anna Morgan-Thomas is a Senior Lecturer at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her research explores the implications of digital technologies for marketing practices and focuses on digitization as the on-going process of saturation of organizational processes with information technology. Philippe Lorino is Distinguished Professor of Management Control and Organisation Theory at ESSEC Business School, Paris, and an adviser to the French Nuclear Safety Authority. In his research he draws from pragmatist authors, activity theory and dialogical studies to study organisations as continuous processes of organising embedded in action. François-Xavier d e Vaujany is Professor of Management & Organisation Studies at PSL-Université Paris-Dauphine, France. He is particularly interested in the role of embodiment, materiality, visuality and spatiality in the processes of communication and legitimation of new managerial practices. Yesh Nama is a Lecturer in accounting at RMIT University, Australia. His research interests include Management accounting and control, methods of performance measurement, the impact of calculative and [e]valuation practices, and the application of qualitative research methodologies.
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