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How to Conduct a Practice-based Study

Problems and Methods, Second Edition

Silvia Gherardi

Practice-based approaches to knowing, learning, innovating, and managing have thrived in recent years. Calling upon numerous narratives from a range of research fields, the author offers insight into the many possibilities of practice research, highlighting the inextricable links between humans and technology as the key emergent trend in management studies. Developing an innovative posthumanist approach, this novel book offers a useful and insightful compass for the navigation of practice-based studies through the lens of exemplar vignettes from internationally acclaimed researchers.
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Chapter 2: Practice as collective knowledgeable doing

Silvia Gherardi

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This chapter extends the concept of knowing-in-practice, arguing that a practice can be read as a collective knowledgeable doing, in which the key activity is constituted by the capacity to maintain a common understanding of the situation while being engaged in individual tasks. Control rooms of coordination centres best illustrate this aspect of practising, together with the capacity to perform ‘presence’, to scaffold the learning process of younger colleagues, and mobilizing border resources into the practice at hand.

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