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Learning and Knowing in Practice-based Studies

Silvia Gherardi, University of Trento, Italy and Antonio Strati, University of Trento, Italy and chercheur associé PREG-CRG (Ecole Polytechnique) of Paris, France
Why is it that so many aspects of organizations are now spoken of as practices? How can organizations be studied within a practice-based approach? How can workable knowledge about them be produced? The authors answer these questions theoretically and through empirical examples. They provide an overview on practice-based studies illustrating their main topics, research methods, and the theoretical reflections that support a non-rationalist and non-cognitivist view of organizations. The book addresses the principal features of practice-based theorizing and its key concepts, then concludes with methodological reflections on the practice-based approach.
Extent: 264 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 0 85793 854 1
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  • Business and Management
  • Organisation Studies
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
Why is it that so many aspects of organizations are now spoken of as practices? How can organizations be studied within a practice-based approach? How can workable knowledge about them be produced? The authors answer these questions theoretically and through empirical examples. They provide an overview on practice-based studies illustrating their main topics, research methods, and the theoretical reflections that support a non-rationalist and non-cognitivist view of organizations. The book addresses the principal features of practice-based theorizing and its key concepts, then concludes with methodological reflections on the practice-based approach.

Written for a university public already in possession of basic notions in organizational studies and intending to conduct analysis of organizing as a social practice, it will also prove essential for master and PhD students as well as organizational scholars designing research within Practice-Based Studies. Including a lively and wide-ranging debate conducted at international level, the book will be of interest to practitioners curious about a view of work as a practical activity that develops within ecology of social, economic and material relationships.
‘A superb body of seminal scholarship. . . Informed and informative, thoughtful and thought-provoking, Learning and Knowing in Practice-based Studies is a highly recommended addition to academic library reference collections and practice-based studies supplemental reading lists.’
– The Midwest Book Review
Contents:

Introduction Silvia Gherardi and Antonio Strati

PART I PRACTICE-BASED THEORIZING
1. Silvia Gherardi (2000), ‘Practice-Based Theorizing on Learning and Knowing in Organizations’
2. Antonio Strati (2003) ‘Knowing in Practice: Aesthetic Understanding and Tacit Knowledge’
3. Silvia Gherardi (2003), ‘Knowing as Desiring. Mythic Knowledge and the Knowledge Journey in Communities of Practitioners’
4. Silvia Gherardi (2008), ‘Situated Knowledge and Situated Action: What do Practice-Based Studies Promise?’
5. Gessica Corradi, Silvia Gherardi and Luca Verzelloni (2010), ‘Through the Practice Lens: Where is the Bandwagon of Practice-Based Studies Heading?’

PART II KEY CONCEPTS
6. Antonio Strati (2007), ‘Sensible Knowledge and Practice-Based Learning’
7. Attila Bruni, Silvia Gherardi and Laura Lucia Parolin (2007), ‘Knowing in a System of Fragmented Knowledge’
8. Silvia Gherardi and Davide Nicolini (2002) ‘Learning in a Constellation of Interconnected Practices: Canon or Dissonance?’
9. Antonio Strati (2008), ‘Aesthetics in the Study of Organizational Life’
10. Silvia Gherardi, Davide Nicolini and Antonio Strati (2007), ‘The Passion for Knowing’
11. Silvia Gherardi (2009), ‘Practice? It’s a Matter of Taste!’

PART III METHODOLOGICAL INSIGHTS FOR A PRACTICE-BASED APPROACH
12. Silvia Gherardi (1995) ‘When Will He Say: “Today the Plates are Soft”? The Management of Ambiguity and Situated Decision-Making’
13. Antonio Strati (2009), ‘“Do You Do Beautiful Things?”: Aesthetics and Art in Qualitative Methods of Organization Studies’
14. Antonio Strati (2005), ‘Organizational Artifacts and the Aesthetic Approach’
15. Silvia Gherardi (2009), ‘Introduction: The Critical Power of the “Practice Lens”’