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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.
Author(s): Bjorkeng K, Clegg SR, Pitsis TS
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Management Learning
ISSN (print): 1350-5076
ISSN (electronic): 1461-7307
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Notes: Winner of the Emerald Science Citation of Excellence Award, 2010.
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