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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Eden
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-02T13:55:45Z
dc.date.available2016-06-02T13:55:45Z
dc.date.issued2016-09-06
dc.identifier.citationThompson, E. (2016) An Actor-Network Theory of Boundary Objects: Construction and Disappearance, British Academy of Management Conference 2016, 6-8th Septemeber 2016, Newcastle,en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/12106
dc.description.abstractBoundary objects (Star and Grisemer, 1989) are non-human actors that are able to coordinate collaborative activity across social worlds. The means of boundary object emergence has not previously been theorised. This article makes use of Actor-Network Theory as a means of understanding boundary object ontology and transience. A case study of an emergency management collaboration forms the context for observing the construction and disappearance of a boundary object (here an emergency plan) in a turbulent actor-network. The article asserts that boundary objects are created through closer aligning understanding, and inscription – together identified as structuring activities. The strength of the object is determined by connections to strong actors. The moving of a boundary object between contexts is identified as re-contextualisation, a period in which the ontological strength of an object diminishes as connections to other actors are eroded in turbulent contexts.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBritish Academy of Managementen
dc.subjectBoundary Objectsen
dc.subjectActor-Network Theoryen
dc.subjectOrganizational Behavioren
dc.subjectCrisisen
dc.titleAn Actor-Network Theory of Boundary Objects: Construction and Disappearanceen
dc.typeConferenceen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
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dc.projectidn/aen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2016-05-05en
dc.researchinstituteCentre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)en


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