Talking through objects: the socio-political dynamics embodied in boundary objects in architectural work

Kravcenko, Dmitrijs and Swan, Jacky (2016) Talking through objects: the socio-political dynamics embodied in boundary objects in architectural work. In: Tell, Frederik, Berggren, Christian, Brusoni, Stefano and Van de Ven, Andrew (eds.) Managing knowledge integration across boundaries. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 171-190. ISBN 9780198785972

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Abstract

With a few notable exceptions, current literature on boundary objects primarily focuses on how individuals interact around boundary objects in pursuing knowledge integration, with a prevailing assumption that these artefacts allow for an almost harmonious arena for work. Following an in-depth ethnographic study of architectural work, we observe that objects used to integrate knowledge across professional boundaries have existing power relations built into them. Specifically, we note that boundary objects are not ‘blank slate’ devices around which work can be carried out equally, but originate from specific domains of practice thus importing certain restrictions and dispositions of those practices into the work. Our research suggests that boundary objects perform best where power relations are asymmetric, and calls for more attention to be paid to the work done within boundary objects.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: boundary objects, practice, power, architecture, ethnography
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations
Depositing User: Dmitrijs Kravcenko
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 10:38
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 10:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65261
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