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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 4: Practice as sociomateriality

Silvia Gherardi

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In this chapter the sociality of the material and the materiality of the social are entangled in the concept of sociomateriality, but this time not in relation to bodies, as in the previous chapter, rather in relation to technologies, tools and objects. Practices are portrayed as taking place in an equipped environment that facilitates its recursive practising and that become ‘equipped’ through improvisational choreography. The message of the chapter is that practice rests on a relational technological infrastructure.

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