Artefacts and the dynamics of truces in organizational routines

Nicolás J. B. Wiedemann, Leona Wiegmann, Juergen Weber

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Abstract

Organizational routines can constitute a temporary settlement of individual actors’ diverging interests, described as a truce that enables the routine as a collective accomplishment to proceed. In this regard, scholars have recognized the central but ambiguous role of artefacts; they may be used to coordinate the interactions in routines but may also be mobilized to serve individual interests. Following this line of thinking, this chapter assumes a process perspective to advance our understanding of how such temporal settlements are continuously formed and in particular, the role artefacts play in this process. Based on a single case study over a period of thirty-three months, it analyses the use of a newly implemented artefact that inadvertently impeded smooth routine functioning as the artefact provided content that gave actors leeway to act out their interests in enacting the routine.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life
EditorsMoshe Farjoun , Wendy Smith, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsoukas
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter10
Pages195-217
Number of pages23
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9780198827436
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePerspectives on Process Organization Studies
PublisherOxford University Press
Volume8

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Wiedemann, N. J. B., Wiegmann, L., & Weber, J. (2018). Artefacts and the dynamics of truces in organizational routines. In M. Farjoun , W. Smith, A. Langley, & H. Tsoukas (Eds.), Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life (1st ed., pp. 195-217). (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies; Vol. 8). Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.
Wiedemann, Nicolás J. B. ; Wiegmann, Leona ; Weber, Juergen. / Artefacts and the dynamics of truces in organizational routines. Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life. editor / Moshe Farjoun ; Wendy Smith ; Ann Langley ; Haridimos Tsoukas. 1st. ed. Oxford UK : Oxford University Press, 2018. pp. 195-217 (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies).
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Wiedemann, NJB, Wiegmann, L & Weber, J 2018, Artefacts and the dynamics of truces in organizational routines. in M Farjoun , W Smith, A Langley & H Tsoukas (eds), Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life. 1st edn, Perspectives on Process Organization Studies, vol. 8, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, pp. 195-217.

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Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life. ed. / Moshe Farjoun ; Wendy Smith; Ann Langley; Haridimos Tsoukas. 1st. ed. Oxford UK : Oxford University Press, 2018. p. 195-217 (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies; Vol. 8).

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Wiedemann NJB, Wiegmann L, Weber J. Artefacts and the dynamics of truces in organizational routines. In Farjoun M, Smith W, Langley A, Tsoukas H, editors, Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life. 1st ed. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. 2018. p. 195-217. (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies).