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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 9: Tricks of the trade

Silvia Gherardi

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The main message of the chapter is that methodology can be conceived as bricolage, as experimentation, and as a process of transformative knowing. I focus on those ‘tricks’ that in my experience worked better in practice-based studies. I illustrate three methods: the interview with the double, the ethnography of the object, and affective ethnography. I end the chapter discussing how most practice-based studies are conducted with the explicit aim to change the practices in a participative engagement with the practitioners.

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