The strategic role of power and materiality in managing network change

Marabelli, Marco, Newell, Sue and Galliers, Robert D (2016) The strategic role of power and materiality in managing network change. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2016 (1). p. 17297. ISSN 0065-0668

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Abstract

In this paper we attempt to shed light on how strategic changes occur in networked settings (i.e., partnerships), where power is decentralized and difficult to wield. We take a practice perspective and account for the role of material objects (including artifacts and concepts) in " making things happen ". We acknowledge and build on research, which highlights that material objects can be used as a tool by strategists for promoting changes; however, we also point to the importance of considering the agentic role of material objects – when objects themselves wield influence, independent of the conscious intention of strategists. We support our claims using extensive fieldwork in a healthcare network and conclude the paper with a call for more research that investigates all aspects of materiality involved in strategizing practices to explain how power (to make changes) unfolds in network settings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: networked change; power; materiality; strategizing; strategic tools; strategic objects; material agency; boundary objects.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Tahir Beydola
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 10:35
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 12:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61480
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