From Agency to Structure: Analysis of an Episode in a Facilitation Process

Cooren, F., Thompson, F., Canestraro, D. S., and Bodor, T.
March 16, 2007


Human Relations, Volume 59, Number 4, Fri, 16 Mar 2007, pp 533–565.

In recent publications in organizational communication, the phenomenon of nonhuman agency has been highlighted as a key element whose recognition might allow researchers to better account for the nature and functioning of organizations. This approach consists of showing that the roles machines, tools, documents, architectural elements, and artifacts more generally play in collectives tend to be neglected in social sciences in general and organizational studies in particular, and that recognizing the active contribution of these elements might help us solve both theoretical and analytical problems. 

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