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Actor-Network Theory and Organizational Forming: An Amodern Path Dependence Perspective
Donnelly, Paul
The organizational theory literature has identified the emergence and evolution of organizational forms as a critical issue to be addressed, yet new ways of looking at organizational form have yet to be addressed and there are concerns about the largely ahistorical and aprocessual character of much organizational theorizing. While path dependence, as conventionally conceived, presents an avenue for overcoming the lack of historical contingency in mainstream organizational theories, it does not maintain an opening for forming. Here is where actor-network theory comes in to not only argue that organizational forming is ongoing, but also show how it is made unrecognizable by our modes of theorizing. Of particular interest to this framing is the re-articulation of path dependence as a constructivist endeavor, incorporating the concept into actor-network theory through its reconsideration as ‘irreversibilility’.
Keyword(s): actor-network theory; constructivism; history; irreversibility; organizational form; organization theory; path dependence; Business; History; Organizational Behavior and Theory; Sociology
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Type: Conference item
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Conference papers
Publisher(s): Dublin Institute of Technology
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2011-01-18 05:35:35 Last Updated: 2017-12-14 06:46:10