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How to Conduct a Practice-based Study
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How to Conduct a Practice-based Study

Problems and Methods, Second Edition

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9781800372467 Edward Elgar Publishing
Silvia Gherardi, University of Trento, Italy
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 80037 246 7 Extent: 320 pp
Practice-based approaches to knowing, learning, innovating, and managing have thrived in recent years. Calling upon numerous narratives from a range of research fields, the author offers insight into the many possibilities of practice research, highlighting the inextricable links between humans and technology as the key emergent trend in management studies. Developing an innovative posthumanist approach, this novel book offers a useful and insightful compass for the navigation of practice-based studies through the lens of exemplar vignettes from internationally acclaimed researchers.

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This thoroughly revised, extended and updated second edition of Silvia Gherardi’s classic book gives the reader a must-read orientation through the myriad of methods and styles involved in practice-based research.

Practice-based approaches to knowing, learning, innovating, and managing have thrived in recent years. Calling upon numerous narratives from a range of research fields, the author offers insight into the many possibilities of practice research, highlighting the inextricable links between humans and technology as the key emergent trend in management studies. Developing an innovative posthumanist approach, this novel book offers a useful and insightful compass for the navigation of practice-based studies through the lens of exemplar vignettes from internationally acclaimed researchers.

A valuable and instructive work, this book is critical to any scholars of practice theories, as well as management and organizational studies and those with a keen interest in research methods. Masters students seeking insight into the development of practice-based studies, and PhD researchers developing their own methodologies will also find the guidance of this book indispensable in their studies.
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‘‘This book is of value for all those interested in pursuing practice-based scholarship empirically. More so, one could claim that the book provides an interesting read for all interested in anecdotes that cover the processes of doing qualitative research. Given its style and the themes covered, the book can be seen as relevant across the social sciences including thus STS.’
– Inti Lammi, Tecnoscienza

Qualitative and organizational researchers would stand to gain immensely from reading Silvia Gherardi’s new book and thinking about research practices outside the box.’
– Marcelo Bispo, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

‘This new edition summarizes key themes in practice theory and illustrates them with a colourful patchwork of cases and examples. The result is a very accessible introduction to practice-based research in organization studies and beyond.’
– Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University, UK
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Contents: Introduction 1. Practice as accomplishment 2. Practice as collective knowledgeable doing 3. Practice as sensible knowing 4. Practice as sociomateriality 5. The normative infrastructure of practices 6. Talking while practicing 7. Practices as socially sustained 8. The texture of practices 9. Tricks of the trade 10. Towards a posthumanist practice theory of organizing Bibliography Index

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