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Materiality and OrganizingSocial Interaction in a Technological World$
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Paul M. Leonardi, Bonnie A. Nardi, and Jannis Kallinikos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664054.001.0001

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Why Matter Always Matters in (Organizational) Communication

Why Matter Always Matters in (Organizational) Communication

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(p.296) 15 Why Matter Always Matters in (Organizational) Communication
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Materiality and Organizing
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François Cooren

Gail Fairhurst

Romain Huët

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664054.003.0015

The so-called “linguistic turn” purportedly has allowed scholars to demonstrate why it seems so important to focus on language, discourse, and social interaction when studying organizational phenomena. However, it could be argued that it also led them to neglect some key aspects of the role material agency plays in organizational processes, a negligence that the more recent “material turn” could be said to be addressing. This chapter proposes to show, both theoretically and empirically, that analysts do not actually need to keep turning in one direction or another, that is, choose between materiality and discourse, so to speak, but that they should rather focus on the multiple ways by which various forms of reality (more or less material) come to do things and even express themselves in a given interaction.

Keywords:   organizational communication, materiality, communicative constitution of organization, discourse, agency

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