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Becoming (a) Practice

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stewart Clegg, Dr Tyrone Pitsis


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This article presents findings from longitudinal ethnographic research of a mega-project alliance. For five years we followed the leadership team of a large Australian Alliance Program made up of a large public and several private organizations, analyzing `practice' as novel patterns of interaction developed into predictable arrays of activities, changing and transforming while at the same time continuing to be referred to as `the same'. In this article we focus on three such arrays of activities: authoring boundaries, negotiating competencies and adapting materiality. We suggest that these are essential mechanisms in becoming a practice. While most studies of practice deal with already established practices, the significance of our research is that we develop a notion of practice as it unfolds. In this way we can provide a better account of the constant change inherent in practices.

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Author(s): Bjorkeng K, Clegg SR, Pitsis TS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Management Learning

Year: 2009

Volume: 40

Issue: 2

Pages: 145-159

ISSN (print): 1350-5076

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7307

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/1350507608101226

Notes: Winner of the Emerald Science Citation of Excellence Award, 2010.


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