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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 6: Talking while practising

Silvia Gherardi

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Talking while working is a specific practical activity, forming a practice and its institutional environment. Discursive practices are entangled and sociomaterial activities that perform several goals: creating identity and professional competence, performing mutual understanding, overcoming absence and distance and building a community by sharing stories. Discursive practices form the discursive infrastructure of a practice.

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