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Materiality and Organizing: Social Interaction in a Technological World

Paul M. Leonardi, Bonnie A. Nardi, and Jannis Kallinikos


The book is a collective meditation on the role of materiality in social affairs. The recent and growing interest in the concept of “materiality” certainly has diverse origins. Yet, it is closely associated with the diffusion of technological objects and artifacts through society and many have questioned how human choice and social practice are conditioned by the characteristics of such devices and systems. Many traditional technologies are easy to call “material” — they are made up of wood, steel, and other physical substrates that afford and constrain particular uses. Other technologies, suc ... More

Keywords: materiality, organizing, multidisciplinary, theory, technology, information, social structure, interaction, communication, change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664054
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Leonardi, editor
Pentair-Nugent Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University

Bonnie A. Nardi, editor
Professor, Department of Informatics, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the University of California, Irvine

Jannis Kallinikos, editor
Professor, London School of Economics

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I Setting the Stage

1 The Challenge of Materiality: Origins, Scope, and Prospects

Jannis Kallinikos Paul M. Leonardi Bonnie A. Nardi

II Theorizing Materiality

3 On Sociomateriality

Philip Faulkner and Jochen Runde

III Materiality as Performativity

IV Materiality as Assemblage

9 Space Matters, But How?

Anne-Laure Fayard

V Materiality as Affordance

VI Materiality as Consequence

14 Materiality: What are the Consequences?

Brian T. Pentland and Harminder Singh

15 Why Matter Always Matters in (Organizational) Communication

FranÇois Cooren, Gail Fairhurst and Romain Huët

VII Epilogue