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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 5: The normative infrastructure of practice

Silvia Gherardi

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The focus of the chapter is turned on what rules ‘do’ in sustaining or hampering a practice, and how practitioners ‘do’ rules by negotiating the ambiguity of rules and dwelling in relays of ordinary prescription informed by attention rules. The normative infrastructuring of a practice is thus illustrated.

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